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Merrivale Stone Circles on Dartmoor National Park – Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus – Slow Motion & 2 Movies

I have just come back from walking my 3 labradors across Dartmoor, ending with a view of the Merrivale Stones and Merrivale Stone Circles.

I have created 3 movies. One is just a highlight of the slow motion footage of my 3 labradors shot at 240fps, the other movies are both created using iMovie. One is using the Trailers option and the other is a normal movie I created from scratch.

Let me know in which order you prefer the different videos.

Merrivale Stone Circles – All Footage

The Mysterious Merrivale Stones

iPhone 7 Plus – Slow Motion with 3 dogs at 240fps

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Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus – Princetown to Hexworthy – The Old Road – Dartmoor National Park

Desolation #dartmoor - nothing for miles

On Saturday, I walked from Princetown to the Forest Inn at Hexworthy on Dartmoor. The route is 5 miles easy way across Dartmoor National Park. The above shot is one of the views you will see en route. All the photos were snapped using my iPhone 7 Plus.

After about 40 minutes, this is the view from behind of the North Hessary Mast at Princetown in the distance. The path starts off in great condition. To start the route from Princetown, walk down Tor Royal Lane, all the way to the end. After a mile, you will get to Tor Royal Farm. Walk down the road, with the farm on your right. Just continue following the path/road.

Of course, like all good things, the condition of the path deteriorates and becomes a bit boggy. So good walking boots are a must.

Rocky Road to Hexworthy #dartmoor

In fact, along one section of the route, the path is lined with large chunks of rocks/granite, so be careful. Also the path occasionally fades out but it is still visible for the entire route.

Racing along the road from Princetown to Hexworthy #dartmoor

My 3 labradors were having a blast along the route too.

After about 3.2 miles the path narrows and you will pass the Blowing House ruins. This section was particularly muddy in places and had a lot of muddy surface water. You boots will get wet and muddy at this point no matter how hard you try to avoid everything.

Above is Blowing House itself, well the ruins.

Fairy Bridge #dartmoor

Fortunately, Fairy Bridge has been replaced with a new structure, otherwise you would have had to cross the river getting extremely soaked! The goal was to reach the Forest Inn at Hexworthy. The last part of the walk is a little tricky in terms of directions, but you eventually reach the end of the path, and come to a country lane. Cross straight over and walk down the road to the farm house entrance. As you get near the entrance, you will see a downhill path, take this, walk down until it becomes road, turn left, walk 15 yard, turn right downhill in-between the farm buildings. This will make sense when you are there. At the end of the downhill part, you reach another road. Turn right and walk 50 yards uphill to the Forest Inn. Job done.

Enjoy the food and drink at the Forest Inn (make sure you book as its always busy), and then prepare yourself for the return journey.

All photos shot on my red iPhone 7 Plus.

Travel Series – Exploring Dartmoor National Park – Bellever Forest

Bellever Forest, Dartmoor #iPhone7Plus

Bellever Forest is based in Dartmoor National Park, Devon, UK. The East Dart River runs through Bellever Forest which makes a great setting for having a picnic. Alternatively you can enjoy several walks around the forest, or enjoy some great views from the top of Bellever Tor. This is the map reference for finding Bellever Forest using Google Maps – https://goo.gl/maps/2bsmxtHyRRB2

There are 4 trails that you can walk along. The Bellever, Easy Access, Postrbridge and Lich Way Trail. For more information on these trails, Click HERE. I have walked the Bellever and Easy Access trails, both of which were enjoyable.

Through the Trees, Bellever Forest, Dartmoor #iPhone7Plus

Scenic shots at Bellever Forest, Dartmoor #iPhone7Plus #silkywater

There is parking and toilets. Cars and motorbikes pay £1 for up to two hours and £2 for over two hours. There is a flat rate for minibuses of £4.

Typical Dartmoor fog descends over Bellever Forest.

Morning mist at Bellever Forest, Dartmoor #iphone6plus

Dartmoor Ponies are common in the forest.

Dartmoor Ponies in Bellever Forest #lgg3

As its an active forest, tree felling is common place.

Tree logs stacked in style at Bellever Forest #SamsungNote4 #unedited

You get some really vivid colours too.

The Wild Colours within Bellever Forest, Dartmoor #Note4

On a foggy day, the view from Bellever Tor can be restricted.

Foggy view from Bellever Tor towards Princetown, Dartmoor -  lost in the fog #Note4

View of Bellever Tor

View of Bellever Tor, Dartmoor #Note4

Walking on the Easy Trail is fairly well marked. About one quarter is on soft grass tracks, which can be muddy at times. 

Selection of photos around Bellever Forest, Dartmoor snapped with the new HTC Desire 820 #unedited

Finally, the summit of Bellever Tor in the fog.

Walking up to the summit on Bellever Tor,  Dartmoor,  1,411ft high #Note4

Bellever Forest Timelapse – Having a picnic near the river is recommended.

Bellever Forest is a fabulous place to visit, either to relax and take in the scenery or try out one of the walks around the forest and up to Bellever Tor.

Useful Links

A Range of Outdoor Clothing & Equipment
Forestry Commission
Wikipedia – Bellever

Credits – All Photography & Video by Gavin Fabiani-Laymond.