Knocking on Devon’s doors: an art-inspired break around Dartmoor

This month’s Devon Open Studios event sees artists across the county invite the public into their galleries. Our writer heads to the west of the county for a preview

Silhouettes were replacing Dartmoor’s details; its heather, ferns and grasslands were fading from view, the last rays of an orange sun departing a late-summer sky stippled with clouds. I watched, remembered to take a photograph, and soaked up one of those moments of stillness that make walking such an uplifting experience.

It’s easy to see why this area inspires artists, how it consciously and unconsciously becomes part of what they create. Getting to see that inspiration at work, by calling in on a selection of Devon’s many artists, was how I wound up on the moor, part of a tour of west Devon that placed art, nature, food and characterful villages all on the same palette.

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