August 30, 2004
Dartmoor National Park is one of southern England’s greatest expanses of wilderness. This area is located between Exeter and Plymouth. The growth of heather, grasslands and bogs set among the rolling countryside is a great place to tour. Some of the most striking landmarks are the tors (rocky peaks), which are exposed outcrops formed by the weathering of granite over at least the last 10 million years -- the rocks tend to be weathered along joints and cracks. Tors often consist of rounded blocks that appear to have been stacked upon one another. These granitic rock outcrops are great vantage points to view the surrounding landscape. The view shown here is from Hay Tor looking west to Saddle Tor and was taken in September of 2001.