The Solitary Rambler

The vast expanse of Dartmoor is where natural and ancient history co-exist. Granite Tors and ancient architecture are the play area for hardy wild Dartmoor Ponys, and rivers are crossed by scattered medieval stone bridges. The valley woodlands are rich with bird life whilst the rugged and windy uplands afford some staggering views. We explored this, the world heritage site of the Tamar River, in our article linked here.

dartmoor ancient bridge
Dartmoor ancient bridge

What better way is there to explore this area than on foot. “The Solitary Rambler” films began in 1993 and features the hikes of amateur filmmaker and composer, Patrick Leach, with films set to his own pleasant musical soundtracks. Patrick’s ambulations have taken him to many parts of Britain and his website usefully details individual walks by region.

Patrick Leach
Patrick Leach (c) The Solitary Rambler

Patrick explores Dartmoor over three episodes, with accounts of history, geology and insight to village history across the moorland. The films are well edited and reveal dramatic panoramas in this beautiful National Park. Locations include Haytor, Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Hound Tor, Merrivale and the stone rows, Vixen Tor, Pew Tor, Windy Post Cross, Chagford, Nattadon Common, Rushford Bridge and Chagford Bridge.

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