Get Out: Or How I’m Addicted to Dartmoor

Get OutOn coffeeing with a friend recently in her ridiculously fancy pants central London office complete with on-site barista (it blew my country bumpkin mind) she told me how much she misses Devon and how my Instagram feed always shows me enjoying that outdoors life she misses so. My Life….Outside London if you will. No, YOU stop it.Dartmoor And it’s true, if you were using Instagram as a measure, this little life does have all the markings of being owned by a proper ruddy cheeked outdoorsy sort.  Why yes, you can follow me here, thanks for asking. The thing is, I don’t feel like an outdoorsy sort. Or I didn’t think I did. But like all properly curated (I’m sorry, I don’t even curate, I don’t know where that came from) social media feeds, mine does show the best bits, the highlights, the lovely little moments I want to share with the world*

And it would seem that most those for me now do take place outside my house.Whilst it might very well be true that my natural state used to be curled up in front of a Netflix binge with some oven chips and a bucket of wine, el poochos have turned me into a different beast. And slowly but surely, what started as an unfortunate by product of having two very active fur friends became my favourite part of every single day.playmore

Dartmoor, DevonNow, I feel a bit claustrophobic and antsy if I don’t get a good dollop of fresh air each day. Now I actively seek out new places to explore and mooch through. Now, when my soul needs quietening I head for the hills. I’m in so much danger of going full Maria Von Trapp, stick with me.

What I’m trying to say, in a typically convoluted way, is: GET OUTSIDE. It’s good for your body and your mind. Even if you don’t have somewhere quite as scenic as Dartmoor on your doorstep, hop outside, take some deep breaths, explore a bit.  I promise you’ll feel instantly more human and grounded and ready to tackle whatever the world wants to throw at you.Dartmoor, DevonThere’s a chance I might be spouting any old waffle to share these photos I like from a day I spent on the moors at the end of last Summer.  You’ll have to get outside and see for yourself.


*and that is why social media envy is INSANITY. You’re coveting a fabrication and that ain’t never going to be healthy. Said the blogger…Dartmoor, Devon
Dartmoor, Devon

Dartmoor, Devon

The Great Outdoors

Devonish folk, this was nowhere more off the beaten track than a loop around Haytor, it was just a particularly nice day for it and with the two grub vans from Parke in the top and bottom car parks you really can’t go wrong.

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  • Gary and I are looking at maybe making the move up north this year, and THIS is what I’m most excited for. Fresh air and hills and greenery <3

  • Jo

    Ahhhh wonderful! Your pics are so pretty. Love the yellow goarse and the heather. I always like to think of myself as ‘outdoorsy’ as that’s where I am truly happiest. I don’t think I could quite live anywhere other than my beautiful Cumbria, we really are spoilt up here with scenic outdoorsyness. 🙂

  • I am definitely an avid lover of the outdoors, but I must admit to enjoying hibernating at the moment. It’s pretty good fun to tuck into some books and stay warm on the sofa. Plus, that’s what January is for. February on the other hand, that’s time to get back outside.

    I also “curate” an outdoor Instagram, because I like it 🙂

  • It looks amazing. I so miss having this on my doorstep. Totally agree with walking though – I’ve been trying to walk everyday on my lunch break even if it is just round the business park!

  • Jenny

    Never mind Von Tramp you echo Tolle 🤓
    “When you look upon another human being and feel great love toward them, or when you contemplate beauty in nature and something within you responds deeply to it, close your eyes for a moment and feel the essence of that love or that beauty within you, inseparable from who you are, your true nature.” Eckhart Tolle

    Love The Dartmoors and it’s on or doorstep!!

  • You’re so lucky to have all of this on your doorstep and it’s so great you get to share it all with the pooches! I wouldn’t go to any parks where it not for my dog, one of my favourite, favourite things to do post transplant is take him for long walkies – even if he is getting on a bit now bless him! x

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  • This is so pretty!! The UK is full of absolutely beautiful spots x

  • Cat

    I have no idea why I haven’t visited Dartmoor at all, utterly gorgeous! Gorgeous photos, Michelle, and a good reality check re Instagram too – nicely done! C xx

  • Ahh I need to head down south! Dartmoor is somewhere I’ve always wanted to explore, I am very jealous you live so close by!! xx

  • Appreciate the Day

    These photos are gorgeous. I love that you can see for miles. I agree with you, if I stay inside for too long I get so fractious. I need to get outside. Dartmoor is somewhere I definitely need to get to soon. xx

  • Awesome pics, as always. I get the same envy your friend does from your beautiful, rustic IG feed!

    The boyfriend lives in Guildford atm and we’re looking at moving into our own place somewhere around there, and I am so excited for the opportunities for proper countryside and walks through fields or along river banks and (most excitingly) DOGS! I may slip these pics to him as inspiration…


    mmmm I can almost smell the fresh air coming from your photographs. Well. Jel.

    My roots are in Somerset and I’m banished to live in London so I’m constantly living vicariously through your insta feed! Not guna lie to ya! It’s a dreamy dreamy place you live in. One day I will be your county neighbour once more!

    Love this post, thanks for taking me back to the green green grasses with your blog always.

    Betty x
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