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Seeing stars over Dartmoor

A West Country photographer has captured these extraordinary images of the Milky Way over Dartmoor.

Jon Scott, from Plymouth, says the conditions were near-perfect, with no moon and clear skies. But Jon suffered for his art - he had to hike for five hours to reach the best viewing point, and was up to his knees in marsh for much of the night!

By morning heavy fog was covering the entire moor and visibility was down to about 50 metres. I had to navigate out using an old-fashioned compass and OS map, certainly not for the faint hearted!

– Jon Scott, photographer
Milky Way over Dartmoor Credit: @jonscottfilm
Dartmoor sky at night Credit: @jonscottfilm
Perseoid meteor shower Credit: @jonscottfilm
Milky way over Dartmoor Credit: @jonscottfilm

A donkey who just wants to be cuddled

Credit: Miniature Pony Centre

Take a look at these adorable pictures - a baby donkey at the Miniature Pony Centre on Dartmoor has been getting some tender loving care - to the envy of one of the other residents.

Eros was born earlier this month and likes hanging out on the sofa with the owner, Lisa Ginsberg.

But, as you can see, Zen, her pet horse, didn't want to miss out on all the attention.

Credit: Miniature Pony Centre


Watch: Incredible time lapse footage of Dartmoor's changing beauty

Jon Scott spent months sleeping out on Dartmoor to capture these shots. Credit: @jonscottfilm

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Dartmoor's changing beauty has been captured in more than 30,000 photographs by Jon Scott, who has spent months sleeping out there alone.

He then painstakingly puts the pictures together and sets them to music, creating two mesmerising time lapses of how the landscape changes throughout the seasons.

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Dartmoor became a National Park in 1951. Credit: @jonscottfilm
Mr Scott took tens of thousands of photographs on Dartmoor at all times of day. Credit: @jonscottfilm

Baby donkey meets huge shire horse on Dartmoor

Uncle Buster the shire horse meets the newest addition at the Miniature Pony Centre Credit: Miniature Pony Centre

The newest addition to the family at the Miniature Pony Centre on Dartmoor has come face to face with it's much larger cousin.

The tiny donkey is just a week old but staff at the centre say he's full of energy and is running rings around his mother.

When he was introduced to resident shire horse Buster, he wasted no time in running up to say hello.

Drop out rate for Ten Tors less than 10 per cent

First team to cross the finishing line

More than two thousand teenagers from across the West took part in the annual Ten Tors event this weekend. In teams of six, the 14-19 year olds walked routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles, depending on their age.

This year 365 teams entered, with 325 completing the course. The drop out rate was just under 10 per cent. After a shower on the start line, the weather was relatively good for the teenagers.

First across the line was the Combined Cadet Force from Churcher's College in Hampshire at 09:10. It's the second year in a row they've been the first team to finish the 35 mile course. They were closely followed by the teams from Pilton Community College in Barnstaple and Kingswood School in Bath.

Morale was high at the finish line, as tired teenagers were reunited with worried parents:

Now in its 55th year, the event has become one of the biggest tri-service military exercises in Britain. Brigadier Jez Bennett, who organises the event, says the challenge is now more important than ever - teaching teenagers to respect the outdoors and each other:

The teams of students, scouts, ramblers and cadets come from Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. They start training months in advance, for what is often one of the toughest challenges of their lives. This weekend they have been tested to their limits - and many will be back again next year to do it all again.

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First Teams across the line in Dartmoor

Churcher's College combined cadet force were first
First team across the line was the combined cadet force from Churcher's College, Hampshire Credit: ITV News

The first three teams across the finishing line were: Churcher's College combined cadet force, Pilton Community College and Kingswood School.

First teams across the finishing line
First teams across the finishing line


Thousands take part in Ten Tors challenge

Competitors will hike distances of up to 55 miles Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of teenagers from the West Country set off on one of the toughest challenges of their lives today.

Almost 2,500 teenagers are taking part in the famous Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor.

Competitors aged between 14 and 19 will hike distances of up 55 miles over the weekend.

Teens get ready for the Ten Tors challenge

The youngsters have set up camp on Dartmoor ready for an adventurous weekend Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of teenagers have set up camp on a wet and windy Dartmoor. They're getting ready to take part in the Ten Tors challenge, organised by the army.

The weather was pretty bleak at Okehampton camp today - no doubt the teams are hoping that will change soon Credit: ITV News

The teams will set off from their base at Okehampton Camp early tomorrow morning, putting months of training to the test during their trek.

The team from Cullompton rugby club work out their route Credit: ITV News

Adorable miniature pony foal needs a name

Credit: Miniature Pony Centre

Do you have the perfect name for this adorable foal?

Dartmoor's Miniature Pony Centre is on the hunt for the perfect name after it welcomed its first foal of the year. Incredibly another six foals are due in the coming months.

Mum Tinkerbell gave birth to a little boy, but staff are still searching for the perfect name for the foal. They're taking suggestions on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

It’s a late start to our foaling season and we have a lot of first time mums. We are extremely excited for all of our arrivals this year!

– Nick Walker, Stud Manager
Credit: Miniature Pony Centre
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