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Lustleigh Cleave

June 24, 2012

in Devon landscapes

When people think of Dartmoor they think of high wild moorland in the heart of Devon. But as well as moors, there are forests. The rivers, driven by the rains in the high places, have carved deep valleys filled with dense deciduous woodland and tumbling water. Lustleigh Cleave is one of the loveliest of these forests, sheltering in the deep cleft carved by the River Bovey. The woodland in spring is awash with bluebells and once the trees are in leaf it becomes a dark, emerald world of moss and fern. This was taken near to Horsham Steps, where walkers cross on giant round boulders and the river roars invisibly beneath them.

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