As exams have ended, a few of us thought it would be a good idea to do something for a day. We spontaneously decided at 1pm that Dartmoor would be a good idea. Dartmoor isn’t easily accessible by foot, unless you live close by or are a walking enthusiast. The beauty of driving to Dartmoor is that it actually allows you to get all the way up to the moors. We decided to take the bus halfway and walk the rest of the way. Our destination wasn’t really set, as we just wanted a walk with a good view!
The walk from the bus stop took approximately an hour and a half depending on the route, which meant that we had ample time for pictures. We got dropped off at Yelverton and then made out way towards river Meavy, passing the little village of Meavy which had some really amazing houses and villas. I wouldn’t mind settling down in a place like Meavy after retiring! Throughout the entire walk, we were greeted by generous smiles, friendly canine faces and budding flowers. We witnessed several closed snow drops with perfect looking dew drops on them, which made us almost thankful for the weather prior to the walk (a bit of rain with a bit of mist). For those of you who aren’t familiar with snow drops, they’re these tiny white, bell-shaped flowers and are also known as Galanthus.
Prior to getting on the path that led to the moors, we encountered several sheep and cows near the river. The river itself was small and very clear with the scent of the Earth (you know that scent when it rains on a hot day and you can almost smell the ground; that!).
Once we got onto the moors and passed some shy and timid sheep that were feeding on some gorse shrubs (I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re called), we made our way to the Burrator Reservoir. Along the way we saw several rock formations with water seeping from the cracks, which I think it pretty cool. For those who haven’t been here, I recommend visiting at least once as the view is brilliant and there are plenty of wooded areas to explore. That’s exactly what we did after our picture session at the reservoir. We had to climb a few fences (it wasn’t illegal or anything) and we made our way through the moss-covered trees (with that Earthy scent again) and walked around. This also allowed us to face the reservoir, giving us a better view.
By the end of day our legs were knackered, but it was amazing day out and I would totally explore more next time!