Photographer's Note

This year the moorland areas around Brentor have been covered in bluebells,a truly lovely sign of early Summer.
The Church of St Michael de Rupe can be seen in the distance.

The Church of St. Michael de Rupe (St. Michael of the Rock), Brentor, is perhaps the most striking English example of a church on a height. Today, the church receives several thousand visitors each year. There is a magnificent view from the churchyard in clear weather, with bleak Dartmoor to the east, Plymouth Sound and Whitsand Bay to the south, the Tamar Valley and Bodmin Moor to the west, and the heights of Exmoor just visible in clear weather to the north. Even when the thick moorland fogs descend, this is an eerily beautiful place, as the wind whips shreds of cloud past the hill. The church stands 1,110 feet above sea level on an ancient, extinct, volcanic cone. It is an ancient site the current church is surrounded by an Iron Age earth-walled hill-fort (150BC 50AD). The dedication to St. Michael is common for churches in high places there are nearly 800 in England alone.

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