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Local Sights – Becky Falls in Devon, UK

Posted by cotojo on July 14, 2008

Over the weekend my daughter stayed with me so we decided that as it was a dry day on Saturday we would go out to Dartmoor. On the drive there she spotted a sign for Becky Falls and asked if we could go there instead, so we did.

Becky Falls

Becky Falls

Downriver from top of Becky Falls

Downriver from top of Becky Falls

Becky Falls is near to Manaton and is high on Dartmoor, 750 feet above the sea and was first inhabited during the Bronze and Iron Age, and remains of the settlements and medieval villages can be seen there. Many came in search of water, wood and shelter, and in this ancient woodland valley they found plenty of it.

Ancient Dwelling

Ancient Dwelling

With the arrival of railways in the mid 1800’s it became a popular destination with visitors disembarking at Bovey Tracey and travelling along the newly constructed road across Dartmoor in horse drawn carriages. Dartmoor, until the late 19th century was a wilderness, remote and unknown, and the journey must have been one of intense pleasure and wonder for those who travelled along the new roads, opening up areas of great beauty to them.

It first opened to the public in 1903, and has been attracting visitors ever since.

Becky Falls remains relatively untouched throughout the centuries, and many visitors come to see what is described as one of the most scenic and untouched areas of Dartmoor, tucked away in a valley which is very tranquil and where wildlife and woodlands thrive.

Becky Falls Close Up

Becky Falls Close Up

It’s a magical place to explore, climb over boulders in the river, get soaked in the process or just to walk through the remains of Roman aqueducts, which channelled the water from the River Bovey down to Bovey Tracey, amble along ancient footpaths where the only sounds are the rushing waters and the birds singing.

Woodland Trail

Woodland Trail

There is an abundance of rare and endangered flora and fauna, including some extremely rare lichens and fungi, and Becky Falls has been designated a site of special scientific interest.

Foxgloves and Rhododendrons

Foxgloves and Rhododendrons

Foxglove

Foxglove

It is also a place of folklore, with fables of woodland pixies to ensure the safe passage of travellers as they passed through the woodlands, including The Money Tree.

The Money Tree

The Money Tree

About The Money Tree

About The Money Tree

The Money Tree close up

The Money Tree close up

In more recent times a cafeteria and gift shop has been added near to the entrance, but this does not spoil the natural beauty of the area as you walk along the well trodden paths, as have countless others over the centuries.

Chair carved from tree root

Chair carved from tree root

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21 Responses to “Local Sights – Becky Falls in Devon, UK”

  1. Sharon said

    This is only 5 minutes from me and a family friend used to own Becky Falls before he sold it a few years ago.
    In fact my dad used to work in the car park.When i used to go up there i used to get free ice creams.
    I guess we are spoilt down this way with the lovely outdoors.

  2. Lynn said

    i love taking pictures of nature and what you have here are just lovely.

  3. AngelBaby said

    How beautiful, I want to go there. Wow, it is so nice and peaceful. 🙂

    Love and Blessings,
    AngelBaby

  4. cotojo said

    Eric – And there was me thinking that it was Mimi’s dungeon entrance 😆
    Home Sweet Home huh?
    Have a great day buddy,
    Colin

  5. cotojo said

    RennyBA – Thank you my friend, it is a lovely place and as you say, it’s real quality time with my daughter. She enjoys places like that too do Canonteign falls are next on the list when she is here again.
    I’ll pop over shortly and pay your blog a visit 🙂
    Have a great day my friend,
    Colin

  6. cotojo said

    Diane – Now what do you mean almost as nice as Dorset hahaha.
    It must be good if you came to Totnes, that’s not far from me and I go there often too 😆
    Hope you enjoyed your time there 🙂
    Take care my dear friend,
    Colin

  7. cotojo said

    Lisa – Yes we had a great time, and we didn’t get soaked either 😆
    Makes a change from being hauled around the shops hahaha.
    Take care my dear friend,
    Hugs,
    Colin

  8. cotojo said

    Gina – It’s always nice to be able to show others what is basically on the doorstep 🙂
    Becky Falls is a lovely spot and easy to spend many hours there.
    Take care and have a great day,
    Colin

  9. cotojo said

    Kim – opposite end of the spectrum huh?
    It is nice and green, plenty of rain too lol
    Take care my dear friend and have a great day 🙂
    Colin

  10. cotojo said

    Maunie – It’s a lovely little spot, nice and peaceful and tucked out of the way. It was a great day out 🙂
    Take care my dear friend,
    Hugs,
    Colin

  11. cotojo said

    Rhonda – Thank you sweetie, I like the pics too, they came out better than I expected 🙂
    Down to the nitty gritty huh? lol
    I’ve been struggling with my neck and shoulders but will drop by asap.
    Take care sweetie,
    *lovies n smoochies*
    Colin

  12. cotojo said

    Tammy – Thank you sweetie….see, money does grow on trees 😆
    Take care and have a great day,
    Hugs,
    Colin

  13. I used to live in that ancient dwelling …. 😉

  14. RennyBA said

    What a wonderful place to go – that’s what I call quality time with your daughter. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics with us!

    You know what: I was visiting a similar place in Sweden the other day and saw foxglove too. The world is small sometimes 🙂

  15. Diane said

    Devon is a such a beautiful county, almost as nice as Dorset 😉

    Such lovely photographs, Colin. I’m glad you had such a great outing with your daughter. I’m off to Totnes for the day today, so Devon here I come! 🙂

  16. Sophiagurl said

    wow, i bet you both had a lovely time together. How are you my friend? I miss you terribly. Have a great weekend ahead. Mwah!

  17. Gina said

    Oh wow! That was so amazing to see! I love seeing landmarks, etc. from other countries.

  18. purplefrog said

    Nice green area..Where i live, i see nothing but dirt and lots of it at that…currently we are getting rain from the monsoon,maybe something will turn green-even if it is for a little while…

  19. Oh it’s just lovely…it looks so quiet and I could just see me sitting by the stream reading a book..hope you both had a terrific day.

  20. Rhonda said

    Oh my gosh – these pics are incredible! Some of them look comparable to the Microsoft backgrounds! Seriously. Now. Down to the nitty gritty. Where on earth are you? Are you OK? I have seen you at my place in weeks. Hope all is well. *lovies*

  21. Tammy said

    It’s beautiful!!! The money is really neat. Gorgeous pictures!

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