I went out on the Moor twice this week by myself with my camera, we had some nice bright early Autumn days. I know Merrivale bronze age stone row quite well but I hadn’t, bizarrely ever discovered the roundhouses just next to the row before. On Tuesday I ventured out on the Moor and was met with bright skies, shadows on the hills and fast moving shadows, perfect light for Photography.
Merrivale is one the most important Archeological Bronze age sites in Europe it’s combination of stone rows, dwellings and a Menhir all in close proximity denote a settlement of some importance. The site is well know because of it’s closeness to the main road from Tavistock to Princetown.
I visited Grimspound, a simliar bronze age village with an outer wall and hut circles the next day. This site is not as charged with energy as Merrivale and the roundhouse remains are smaller but the place has a lovely atmosphere all the same.
I had to wait for a while for the sun to appear and a herd of schoolchildren bounced around the stones, I realised as their shouts echoed off the tors that this place would have been full of people’s voices when it was used as a settlement 3000 years ago.
The children ran off down the hill and the big cloud lifted and I was gifted with light.
I walked back down the hill and stopped to photograph a willow tree by a lovely brook tumbling down the hill. The last of the heather was out and I felt the seasons change under my feet.