Country diary: vignettes of life across the moor

Country diary: vignettes of life across the moor

Bodmin Moor, Cornwall: A walk reveals past and present pursuits of man, and creatures wild and tame

In late summer warmth, sheep lie in the shade of stunted hawthorns. Others meander past dried-up hollows, granite moorstone covered in sun-crisped lichens and stonecrop, and coarse grasses and prickly gorse, towards favoured turf around the ancient circle of Nine Stones.

Prehistoric remains on this eastern side of the moor hint at the importance of this quiet, airy upland for early farmers, for seasonal grazing and for ceremonial observances. Rectilinear boundaries, remnants of cairns and a tumulus overlook fields and woods across the Lynher Valley, mostly green but with pale stubble after recent harvesting of grain and straw. About 50 wind turbines are scattered across the panorama, and acres of solar panels gleam beyond Bray Shop, closer to Callington and Kit Hill.

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