Photographer's Note

Dartmoor is an area of moorland in south Devon, England. Protected by National Park status, it covers 954 square kilometres. The granite upland dates from the Carboniferous period of geological history.

Stonewalls and Hedgebanks

Stone walls and hedges are a very important local characteristic of the Dartmoor landscape. Many of the boundaries on Dartmoor are of historic interest, some remaining from the medieval period, and if you look carefully on Holne Moor, the Plym Valley and in the Dart Valley you can see clear evidence of prehistoric boundaries, some of which still have use today. Almost anywhere you look on Dartmoor you will be able to see a stone wall or hedgebank, making them very significant features.
The stone walls on the moorland are built with granite boulders of varying sizes, without the use of any mortar and are referred to as dry stone walls. They can be anything up to about 230 years old, and can be either single skin or double skinned walls. They were originally built using whatever stone was available to hand, and their survival for all this time demonstrates the skills of the original builders. These skills were passed from father to son through the generations, but are now at risk of being lost as less and less farms are able to support younger generations staying in agricultural work


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