Welcome to Dartmoor Tortrekker

Hello and welcome to my website.

Tortrekker derives from my love of Dartmoor. You may know that it’s a large wilderness occupying the central part of the county of Devon in south-west England. The mainly rocky summits of many of Dartmoor’s hills are known as ‘tors’. When I was a young boy in Scotland, I read books describing a group of children and their adventures in Devon and the tors were a prominent feature of many of their adventures. I never thought that one day I would live in Devon and walk among them, as I do often, with my wife and two little terriers.

Living on Dartmoor is a direct result of joining the Royal Marines as a teenager and relocating to Devon where I have spent the majority of my adult life. Royal Marines undergo a good deal of their recruit training on and around Dartmoor; it’s an ideal place to hone fieldcraft and weapons skills and physical fitness. Some, like me, find that after yomping and exercising on it Dartmoor, figuratively as well as literally, gets under one’s skin. Consequently, I am rarely happier than when gazing in awe and admiration at its wide open spaces, its river valleys, its famous ponies and farm livestock grazing in peace and the vast skies seen from the tops.

Now in late middle age (actually, I’m in my 60s but hey, middle age lasts as long as you want it to) and happily retired, much of my time is spent reading about and photographing “the moor”. Someone once suggested that I write a blog and after a little thought I decided… why not? That is the main purpose of this website, to share experiences and thoughts, along with photographs of the moor, its wildlife, geography and occasionally some of its people. I hope you enjoy my site and come back to see later additions. I’d appreciate comments, whether positive or negative. As long as they are creatively critical I will learn and hopefully improve it.


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