The Lanvernite Succession
Covered in gorse and heather, Dartmoor’s treeless slopes and rocky tors lie under clouds and drizzle much of the year. Cattle, sheep and pigs pick their way among the nettles, penned by drystone walls made from the rocks that surface every spring in the gardens. Firewood is a luxury here, but the peat fires keep the thatched cottages warm enough to chase away the damp. Dartmoor’s brown-brick capital Newport is muddy and dreary, but it does a fine export business in gold, mined from the Great Northern Range, and whisky, distilled in kettles large and small all across the country.