Dartmoor, in the popular imagination, is a
landscape of mist, bleak moorland and, in
winter, deep snow. Beneath granite tors, rising
starkly from snowy slopes, solitary farms show
flickering candlelight from frosted windows.
While climate change brings much less snow
to the high moor these days, the picture
painted above is still evident when winter’s
hand does descend on the moor, and in this
book Adrian Oakes set out to capture the
essence of Dartmoor during this time of year.
As luck would have it, while photographs
were being taken for this book, Dartmoor experienced
one of the most severe winters for
more than three decades. Early in February
several feet of snow fell in a matter of hours,
blanketing the moor, filling the deep lanes, and
effectively cutting off communities and farms
from the outside world. With falling trees
bringing down powerlines, once again many
homes were returned to a world of candlelight
amid the eerie silence of a snowbound
The following days dawned clear and bright
bringing perfect conditions for winter photographs,
though getting them required considerable
effort on the photographer’s part.
Enjoy these wonderful pictures of the moorland
in winter; a superb evocation of the season
that many would say is Dartmoor’s best.
Adrian Oakes is a landscape and
contemporary photographer based in
Devon. He has kindled a great love and
respect for Dartmoor over the last twenty
years and more recently has focused on
photographing its diverse landscapes and
rich history. His many clients include The
Dartmoor National Park Authority and
National Trust. Adrian specialises in images
of Dartmoor and East Devon and has had
photographs published in a number of
media including the Dartmoor Magazine,
Dartmoor News, various brochures, and
his first book Perfect Dartmoor was
published by Halsgrove in 2008.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 866 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published September 2009.