Three commons near to Bovey Tracey, Devon.

I’ve only been to a handful of the common land which DWT manage, something I’m slowly putting right. Having long since planned a trip with a friend to their Chudleigh Knighton Heath reserve near Bovey Tracey, it made sense to also include a trip to nearby Ideford Common while out that way. To make it aContinue reading “Three commons near to Bovey Tracey, Devon.”

The slipperiness of water: six commons near Tavistock

Some years ago, my wife and I did a six-mile walk around Horrabridge, near Tavistock, close to the Southwestern corner of Dartmoor, a pleasant but unremarkable walk. I recently dived into the infuriatingly incomplete Commons Register to draw up a list of Devon commons to visit, with an eye on the unusual. It just soContinue reading “The slipperiness of water: six commons near Tavistock”

Commons along the Taw-Torridge Estuary

Before the heat really hit last week, I headed a bit further north up the River Torridge than Great Torrington. North Devon is a bit of an unexplored country for me, so though it takes about the same time as getting to the centre of Dartmoor, it always feels like another country. I also wantedContinue reading “Commons along the Taw-Torridge Estuary”

Great Torrington’s Commons

Great Torrington’s commons are huge (365 acres), varied (meadow, parkland, wood, golf course, wet scrub, river bank) and almost entirely circle this ancient, small town. Where do I even begin with them?  First, it’s worth testing out what I now know about common land with what I found on the commons register. Here, it saysContinue reading “Great Torrington’s Commons”