Portia Crossley Photography LRPS: Blog http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Portia Crossley Photography LRPS info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Fri, 20 May 2016 10:28:00 GMT Fri, 20 May 2016 10:28:00 GMT http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u410102563-o851028267-50.jpg Portia Crossley Photography LRPS: Blog http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog 120 57 Food Photography at The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock...Nom, Nom! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/food-photography-at-the-bedford-hotel-tavistock-nom-nom We have some very talented chefs here in Devon & my mission is to show off their foodie creations through photography. The bonus of this area of my work is that I often get to sample the dishes...the only problem is knowing when to stop! Food photography & a beach body do not marry well! 

Last week I tasted & photographed the new menu at The Bedford Hotel Tavistock. Whilst part of the menu remains traditionally English with Asian chef Raoul Ketelaars there is an unique twist to many other dishes on offer.

First up were these intriguing Thai Crab Cakes with lime curd, chilli, coriander, peanut and coconut foam!

Thai Crab Cakes

Next was the classic British winner...Sirloin Steak with triple cooked chips, confit tomato, field mushroom & onion rings!

Sirloin Steak

The Bedford is somewhere you need to make sure you have room for Dessert...especially Dark Chocolate Fondant with praline, honeycomb, milk chocolate and malt ice cream!

Dark Chocolate Fondant

If you want to see more of the menu click here!

The week only got better as the next day I did it all again but with Chef Mike Palmer at The Two Bridges Hotel! What a Bake Off! Hence, the weekend was mostly spent walking up Tors!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Commercial Crossley Dartmoor Devon Food Photographer Portia The Bedford Hotel http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/food-photography-at-the-bedford-hotel-tavistock-nom-nom Fri, 20 May 2016 10:28:06 GMT
Bridal Wedding Photoshoot on Dartmoor...a Fusion of Landscape & Portrait Photography! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/bridal-photoshoot-on-dartmoor-2-of-my-passions-in-1-image I do apologise for not updating my blog recently, my Tor climbing & photographing is suffering from a busy schedule. Maybe this is why I have decided to channel even more of my work outside on Dartmoor! 

The other day I did a bridal shoot up on the moor and it really satisfied my passion for fusing landscape and portrait photography to make stunning 'Wall Art'! Here are a couple of the shots to give you a flavour!

Dartmoor Wedding Photography at its best! I was assisted by the lovely Vanity Hair Creative Stylist and here she is doing a great job on what was a rather breezy day!

Styling a Dartmoor Wedding Photoshoot! After all this excitment is was time for some stylised indoor shots at the quintessentially English Two Bridges Hotel in the heart of Dartmoor.

Stylised Wedding Photo Shoot at The Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor Dartmoor Wedding Photography

Clare of Vanity Hair took a rare and sneaky behind the scenes shot of me in action!

Next we were lured outside again by the beautiful fountain.

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....and off to the moor once more!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Arty Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Photographer Photography Portia Tor Two Bridges Hotel Wedding stylised http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/bridal-photoshoot-on-dartmoor-2-of-my-passions-in-1-image Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:44:13 GMT
The Best Ever Bluebell Display on Dartmoor with a backdrop of Haytor! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/best-bluebell-display-with-a-backdrop-of-haytor Be sure to pack up a picnic if you follow my footsteps on this next adventure as you will want to linger as soon as you see the bluebells on Holwell Lawn. In fact, you can see the bluebells from the car so if you don't feel like it or can't walk much this is a great spot that you can enjoy too! 

Haytor from Holwell LawnHaytor from Holwell Lawn

There is a really straightforward, path from Holwell Lawn that beckons you towards to the infamous Hound Tor! This mysterious rock pile is said to have been the inspiration for Conan Doyle's book 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. My own 'hound' certainly seemed to pick up on the charged and eerie atmosphere!:

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Just south of Hound Tor is an impressive medieval village which is worth a look before returning to the car via the impressive Greator Rocks.

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Bluebells Crossley Dartmoor Devon Greator Haytor Holwell Hound Lawn Photography Portia Rocks Tor Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/best-bluebell-display-with-a-backdrop-of-haytor Thu, 14 May 2015 11:46:47 GMT
Hollow, North Hessary & Rundlestone Tors, the Snow Bench & the last of the Mulled Wine! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/hollow-north-hessary-rundlestone-little-great-mis-tors-and-the-snow-bench Hollow TorHollow Tor

Dartmoor is fab, especially when you can drive on ice free roads to the white slopes just minutes away!

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Yesterday the Tavistock/Princetown road was lined with cars and the moors alive with shouts of glee as people and their pets froliced in the snow.

Joining them we climbed to the top of Hollow Tor where for the weary there was a conveniently placed snow bench! #heretodaygonetomorrow

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Rolling big snow balls we made our way up to North Hessary Tor (the one with the enormous aerial at Princetown) then we built a snowman in true 'Frozen' style.

Next on the list was Rundlestone Tor where there was a great view of Little and Great Mis Tors! 

Little and Great Mis Tor in the snowLittle and Great Mis Tor in the snow

Then it was back home to finish the last bottle of mulled wine left over from Christmas in front of a toasty fire!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Crossley Dartmoor Hessary Hollow Landscape North Photographer Portia Rundlestone Snow Tors tor http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/hollow-north-hessary-rundlestone-little-great-mis-tors-and-the-snow-bench Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:32:24 GMT
Little Mis Tor, Great Mis Tor & the mysterious stone basin! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/little-and-great-mis-tor Little Mis Tor

On one of the grandest hills in Devon, often hidden in the clouds lies the ginormous and aptly named Great Mis Tor. From the main Princetown/Tavistock road there is a lovely but long climb up to the top. This assent can be surreptitiously broken to gaze at the wonderful view and explore the dwarfed but not completely outshone Little Mis Tor.  Great Mis Tor

Great Mis Tor is wonderful to scramble about on and if you get the the peak you can find a mysterious rock basin called the Mis Tor Pan or The Devil's Frying Pan. An inspiring place to make up folk stories whilst enjoying a hot chocolate! Staring into the mysterious rock basin on Great Mis Tor

 

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Crossley Dartmoor Devon Great Mis Tor Landscape Little Mis Tor Photographer Portia photography http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/little-and-great-mis-tor Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:10:32 GMT
Sharpitor, Leather Tor and don't forget Lower Leather Tor! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/sharpitor-leather-tor-and-dont-forget-lower-leather-tor Thank you all for your interest in following my family's crazily ambitious challenge to climb and photograph every Tor on Dartmoor! Many have enquired as to whether there is a particular guide or book we are following. Well Terry Bound's 'The A-Z of Dartmoor Tors' has been the ultimate authority for some time so that is one we definitely consult but we would also not be without the more recent 'Dartmoor Tors and Rocks' by Ken Ringwood. This latter book has had us revisit many well know Tors as the map in it often reveals that there is an elusive, much less well known Tor hidden somewhere nearby! Needless to say it will be our first port of call from now on!

We have climbed Sharpitor and Leather Tor many times unaware that on the hillside below Leather Tor there lies 3 sizable granite outrcrops collectively named Lower Leather Tor! So the other day once again we scrambed up the clitter on Sharpitor, clambered over Leather Tor and finally found Lower Leather Tor which incidentally makes a rather nice picnic stop overlooking the wonderful Burrator Reservoir! Sharpitor Leather Tor from Sharpitor Lower Leather Tor Lower Leather Tor overlooking Burrator Reservoir

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Leather Lower Photographer Portia Sharpitor Tor Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/sharpitor-leather-tor-and-dont-forget-lower-leather-tor Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:41:45 GMT
Claig Tor - Who knew there was a Tor closer to Burrator than Sheepstor?! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/claig-tor---who-knew-there-was-a-tor-closer-to-burrator-than-sheepstor Claig TorClaig Tor Well I have been to Burrator hundreds of times and never knew there was a hidden tor with a view of the reservoir and Sheepstor Church! In fact, I have walked along the dismantled railway within a few meters of the Tor completely oblivious to its existence!

As you drive from Dousland just before you get to the Dam, park in the disused quarry car park on the left hand side.  The Tor is directly above the car park.

After seeking out this elusive Tor there are many paths you can choose to walk around Burrator Reservoir all of which must end at the ice cream van at the Dam!  There is also the new Discovery Centre opened recently with a most impressive totem pole outside to announce its arrival!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Burrator Claig Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Photographer Tor Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/claig-tor---who-knew-there-was-a-tor-closer-to-burrator-than-sheepstor Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:37:05 GMT
Combestone Tor - Instant Tor Gratification! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/combestone-tor Combestone TorCombestone Tor

Want instant Tor gratification?! Then Combestone Tor may be the one for you as it is most impressive, very high up and yet it practically sits in the car park!

If you have people or pets with you who like to splash in water it is perfect as there are not one but two leats surrounding the Tor.

Once you look over the other side of the Tor you have splendid views down the Dart Valley.  We actually walked down to Dartmeet and then back up the hill again so we could justify a long summer lunch in the garden of a hidden gem of a pub...The Church House Inn at Holne. Lovely!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Combestone Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Photographer Tor Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/combestone-tor Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:11:03 GMT
Callisham Tor a Hidden and Private Tor http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/callisham-tor Callisham TorCallisham Tor

Callisham Tor is one I would never have known existed had I not been on a mission to photograph all the tors on Dartmoor!  I was surprised and delighted to find we could park the car at The Royal Oak at Meavy. So with the promise of liquid refreshment at the end, we set off down a quiet footpath for a lovely short circular walk taking in this hidden tor

The tor is nothing but a mishmash of rocks which fall from a 1.5m high stack for 25m downhill.  It is on private land so we could have been spared the climb on such a hot day but the family climbed up to the top of the hill anyway to get as close as possible. You might just be able to make out some of the rocks in the top left hand corner of the photo although they are camouflaged amongst all the trees and greenery.  

The enthusiasm of those running down the hill I am sure had nothing to do with the thought of a drink, a packet of crisps and handstands on the quintessentially English village green at Meavy!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Callisham Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Meavy Photographer Portia Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/callisham-tor Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:15:23 GMT
The Elusive Bucktor! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/bucktor BucktorBucktor Bucktor is an elusive tor!  Looking for it afforded me much time to catch my breath on a beautiful circular walk that takes in the meeting of the River Tavy and the River Walkham at Double Waters. It seems I have walked past it many times not even knowing of its existence, it is not listed in lots of 'tor' guides but Terry Bound sites it so the other day I made it a mission to find it.

One reason I have not noticed it before is because it does not stand proud of the land but nestles into the hillside snugly tucked in by lots of greenery!  If you follow the path along the river from Grenofen towards Double Waters, Bucktor can be found on the right hand side just before you get to some houses. It is rather unhelpfully named 'Buckator' on the OS map!

Anyway, I hope my mission was successful.  If anyone can confirm for me whether this picture shows Bucktor or not I would be really greatful. If it is not I will get my walking boots and deer stalker on and go sleuthing once more! 

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Bucktor Dartmoor Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/bucktor Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:45:10 GMT
Yar, Corndon and Sharp Tors - 3 Tors in a circular walk http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/yar-corndon-and-sharp-tors---3-tors-in-a-circular-walk Sharp Tor from Yar Tor

Yesterday we did 3 tors with magnificent views in a very satisfying circular walk. Parking on the brow of the hill above Dartmeet (the opposite side of the valley to Pixies Holt) you see Sharp Tor to your right. This is one of 7 Sharp Tors on Dartmoor named for its 'sharp' side as seen from the road. If you are wanting to challenge your fitness you might decide to race straight up to the top and continue onto Corndon and then Yar Tors.  However, if like us you were thinking more of a Sunday afternoon amble you would head out for Yar Tor first and then Corndon allowing you to climb up the back side of Sharp Tor which is much less sharp! Although it must be noted that we still did need to break into the Kendal Mint Cake at the top!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Corndon Dartmoor Sharp Tors Yar http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/yar-corndon-and-sharp-tors---3-tors-in-a-circular-walk Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:57:04 GMT
Bellever Tor - a view with your brew http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/bellever-tor  

Bellever TorBellever TorBellever Tor All Tors are worth the climb (especially if you get tea and chocolate at the top!) but Bellever Tor is particularly so with panoramic views in all directions. 

The Tor is said to be the geometric centre of Tors and maybe this was why it was chosen as a major prehistoric settlement

Bellever Tor is a great example of an avenue Tor which is one that has 3 or 4 piles that monopolise the area. Whether one has to climb all of these to say one has conquered the tor is under debate in our family and opinions also seem to be very weather dependent!

 

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Bellever Dartmoor Devon Tor http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/bellever-tor Thu, 22 May 2014 10:23:42 GMT
Distracted by Bluebells! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/distracted-by-bluebells

Sorry there have not been any Tor posts for a few weeks I have been travelling the country and now I am back I have been beguiled by the bluebells! The Tors will stand forever but these bewitching blue flowers come but once a year. Their sweet scent and mysterious presence never fails to enchant me. The bluebells in the photo were taken at Denham Bridge but the ones at Meavy woods and many other places over Dartmoor are calling to me...get your lead pup..lets go!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Bluebells Devon http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/distracted-by-bluebells Wed, 14 May 2014 10:43:30 GMT
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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Ten Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/ten-tor-peeps Sun, 11 May 2014 10:53:00 GMT
Saddle Tor Letterboxing Fun http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/saddle-tor-letterboxing-fun Saddle TorSaddle Tor When you have climbed Haytor and you or the kids and the dogs still have some energy left to burn off there are quite a few tors close by that you can tick off the list.

The magnificent Saddle Tor is one such tor with the added bonus of a few letterboxes hidden on it for the sleuths in your pack.

No too far back to the ice cream van either...

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Photographer Portia Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/saddle-tor-letterboxing-fun Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:15:55 GMT
If you are liking my Tor blog you might want to pick up the May copy of Devon Life! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/devon-life  

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Life Photographer Portia Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/devon-life Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:47:41 GMT
Not all Tors are Equal! http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/some-tors-are-easier-than-others Beardown TorsBeardown Tors In endeavoring to conquer all of Dartmoor's tors I have come to find that not all tors are equal!

Beardown Tors as the name suggests is a series of 3 large granite tors that all have to be climbed to be ticked off the list and this after over an hours walk out onto the open moor from The Two Bridges Hotel.

Others are much simpler and easier. If you want to 'bag a tor' quickly then go to Bagga Tor as this stumpy little mound sits virtually in the car park!

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Photographer Portia Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/some-tors-are-easier-than-others Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:21:12 GMT
A nice and easy but satisfying 2 tor route http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/a-nice-and-easy-but-satisfying-2-tor-route Parking in the ice cream van (v. important!) car park on the left hand side of the road from Dousland to Princetown we set off the children and dog running in front to reach the very achievable summit of Leeden Tor.

This did not take long at all and after a bit of climbing and smiling at the camera we were racing down hill and then up again to Ingra Tor before making a circular route back to the car park.

You can see from the photo who was 'king of the castle' on that day! In fact, this image ended up being commissioned for front cover of the March issue of Devon Life! So husband elevated, children entertained, dog exercised and photography mission complete! Next!

Leeden Tor'King of the Castle' Ingra Tor

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Crossley Dartmoor Devon Ingra Landscape Leaden Life Photographer Photography Portia Portrait Tor Tors walking walks http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/a-nice-and-easy-but-satisfying-2-tor-route Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:35:48 GMT
365 Dartmoor Tors with a Collie and a Camera http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/365-dartmoor-tors-with-a-collie-and-a-camera There was a time when I mocked my ‘Tor Bore’ friend who insisted on pointing out every pinprick of a Tor she could faintly see on the horizon.  Now I take great pleasure in reciting the names faster than her!

How did that happen? Well having exhausted all our walking books and yet having a giant ordinance survey map on the kitchen wall that beckoned us out onto the moor, my family and I thought maybe we should try just walking from tor to tor. I noticed two major changes in our walks. Firstly, the children loved it and their energy levels increased as they could visualise where the walk was going. Secondly, we all became a little obsessive about ticking these tors off the map.  

Thus, we are on a mission to climb and photograph every Tor on Dartmoor. 

When I set the challenge I didn’t quite realise there are about 365 Tors but I guess it keeps us out of mischief and our crazy collie certainly isn’t complaining! Leeden Tor, DartmoorLook who's 'king of the castle'!

So if you would like to follow our progress & get ideas for your own adventures we would love for you to subscribe to the blog RSS feed and let us know what you think.  

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info@portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk (Portia Crossley Photography LRPS) Crossley Dartmoor Devon Landscape Photographer Photography Portia Portrait Tor Tors http://www.portiacrossleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/365-dartmoor-tors-with-a-collie-and-a-camera Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:46:24 GMT