Perhaps about half an hour's walk from Barnstaple, this view from a
footpath going up the hill towards Prixford, looking back down, gives
you an idea of what the North Devon countryside is like.
It was very quiet, church bells that had been ringing had gone silent.
Further up the same hill, looking back across towards Barnstaple and
the Taw Estuary. The three Torrington turbines were visible on the far
horizon but do not show up on this video. You can see them in this
close up cropped from the photograph below that I took at the same
Looking across the Taw estuary, in the company of some friendly young
cattle. When I turned ahead I could see the tip of a turbine
blade across the hill ahead.
A quiet track beyond the small village of Prixford. Looking through the
hedgerows a little
earlier I had seen startling glimses of turbines, as in the photographs
Click for larger version. This was one glimpse through the trees lining
This view of two turbines, one behind the other, reminded me of
The Shrike, from the books by Dan Simmons.
Looking across the valley towards the turbines (not visible in
this video which is low resolution, but very apparent when standing
there) The photograph below is a little better, but still does
not show the impact these turbines make on the viewer - perhaps the
light was too bright.
After walking through the wooded valley, and Middle Marwood, this video
shows the turbines ahead, as I came up onto the hills again. One
turbine's blades were moving slowly in the breeze, the otheres were
still. I saw birds flying above the trees, and wondered how safe
they would be once the blades start turning.
From the same location, looking around, many turbines in sight, across
the line of the hills.
On the hills across from Pippacott four turbines close to the Taw
Estuary. Notice birds flying around at the start of the video. A
large bird, probably a buzzard, was circling overhead.
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