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Wistman's Wood | Little Eccentrics


Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor


Landscape / Woodland




CANON EF24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC

Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD

Wistman’s Wood is certainly a fanciful delight, with the twisting branches and quaint moss rocks which greet you on arrival. Our adventure to this magical place involved a 4am start. Prepping for the walk involved coffee and a croissant then we set off along the stone track towards the woods. The fog was thick and I was absorbed by all the intricate stone walls and bushes along the way. I had to remind myself that the sun would come up and dissipate the fog if I dallied around long enough and this was one experience not to be missed. What did make me chuckle was crossing paths with sheep of either red or blue paint markings, each colour giving the impression that gangs of the LA streets of America were meandering across the landscape and keeping an eye on their territory.

On entering the wood I was instantly taken by the whimsical nature of the forest, fanciful protrusions, playfully twisted branches and mischievous moss. The place was alive within its shroud of thick fog, albeit rather windy which made it difficult to get the right image exposure.

Wistman’s Wood is undeniably sacred, alive and other-wordly. Each step taken is an unpredictable manoeuvre that changes the landscape vastly in such a short distance. And if you are not careful each step could be an unpredictable death trap. Be safe, respect nature and try to feel its breath upon entering the woods.