Dartmoor – Hidden Valleys

Dartmoor is the largest area of moorland in southern England. It is criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and streams, which tumble dramatically through steep sided valleys. These hidden valleys, too steep to be cleared for grazing, preserve the last remnants of the ancient forest that once covered vast areas of the moor. They are home to wonderful ancient oak and broadleaf woodlands, which support a rich ground cover of mosses, lichens and ferns. Walking these mystical valleys, many shrouded in legend, is like walking back in time – or into some magical world. They are among the most evocative and inspiring landscapes I have ever encountered. They are endlessly fascinating to me, in all their bewitching complexity, and I never tire of photographing them.