Whilst I sketch at the bottom lake, I have grown to term 'Heron Lake', it is a beautiful day with the sound of the water tumbling over the stones and into the lake below. 

I find this little spot holds a magic all of its own. Behind me sits the weeping willow that rustle when the wind blows (I imagine myself reading here with mole and badger from 'The Wind in the Willows') and as I sit and draw this magical Landscape the beautiful blue dragonflies dance around me.

Mark Davey

We are sharing this amazing blog from New Zealand blogger Pippa @threeislandsnz.com   

On a recent holiday to Devon from New Zealand we were told about Canonteign Falls. Situated within Dartmoor National Park, in the heart of the Teign Valley, it was described as an idyllic mix of waterfalls and woodland. Now, I have lived in New Zealand for 13 years and I'm lucky enough to have the coastline, mountains, lakes and glaciers on my doorstep, but there's just something so special about the Devon scenery, I couldn't miss the opportunity to visit. Along with my mum, sister-in-law, best-friend and two daughters we decided to have a girly day exploring 'England's highest waterfall'.

What an absolute delight! As anyone with children know, a treasure hunt goes a long way to encouraging legs when they start getting tired. My girls loved the clues all along the mossy pathways and steep steps to find the wooden dolls.

The secret garden was an absolute hit. I won't be posting any photos here because that would spoil the surprise wouldn't it?!

Along the way to the top of the waterfall were other surprises such as this huge dinosaur that my four year old boy would have been fascinated by, had he been with us.

Grandma thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to teach our six year old some of the history and geology of the area, including lots of plant and wild life that we don't get in New Zealand.

You have to walk up 90 uneven steps to get to the top of the waterfall, so pushchairs are a no-no here. My two year old managed it fine but a backpack may be a good idea if you have a little one who isn't fond of walking.

The views at the top are work the effort - beautiful Devonshire rolling hills that look like they never end.

I spotted this poem that I loved. I'm not sure how useful it will be back in Dunedin as we don't have the same trees but I'll be printing and framing it nevertheless!

Back at the bottom is a stunning lake and gazebo and an amazing playground to keep the kids entertained while you try out some of the delicious food at their home farm cafe.

With the school holiday's starting I would recommend a visit to Canonteign Falls to any Devonshire Locals or visitors - it really is a hidden gem!

Our day was organised by Visit Dartmoor, the official tourism organisation for Dartmoor. There is lots of information on where to stay and what to do on their website at www.visitdartmoor.co.uk.



We are thrilled to introduce this year’s winner of the Artist in residence as Plymouth College of Art graduate Mark Davey.  Mark’s love of art started when he was in pre school but only truly became his focus more recently when his wife persuaded him to go to  Art College later in life. Having graduated with a (BA) Hons in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking he is now looking forward to spending the summer at the Canonteign Falls estate in the Teign Valley where he will take inspiration from the beautiful countryside and rich biodiversity of nature the Falls provides to complete a piece of work which will be unveiled at a gala evening on 27thSeptember. To register interest in this event and for a guest invitation please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

During the hours he is spending at Canonteign Falls over the summer he welcomes questions and conversation as you can watch his work evolve.  Follow him on our social media: Facebook @canonteignfalls  Twitter @canonteignfall and Instagram @Canonteign Falls 



Mark Davey Artist in residence copy

Canonteign is enchanting and full of surprises! After being welcomed as part of the extended family, my first meeting opened an insightful discussion about attracting the vibrant art community to enjoy and explore the biodiversity that Canonteign Falls has to offer.

From the jurassic atmosphere of the Victoria fern garden to the gentle walks around the sunny lakes and surrounding Woodlands, I discovered art all around me from willow sculptures to stunning glassware. The whole place vibrates with a majestic beauty that for a moment took my breath away.

Walking around the estate opened my eyes to the wonderful sights and serene feelings that fill the air, bringing with it feelings of a regenerative quality. 

There's a genuine love and consideration for the conservation of this alluring part of Devon from the owner and her family. I feel particularly inspired by the bee garden and unique and ancient varieties of apple trees which i cannot wait to start sketching. This picture is in my sketch book, Clampitt Falls one of the first waterfalls to spot in acrylic.



Canonteign Falls is a fantastic place for any photographer to snap that perfect shot. Weather you love to capture the landscape of nature or wildlife creating havoc you will find it all here at Canonteign Falls.

This year we have two competition age groups: under 15 yrs, 16 yrs and above.

To enter send your picture to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or share on social media with clear labelling  ‘photo competition’, winners will have their photo framed and displayed in our cafe and a Canonteign Falls gift bundle. The winner will be announced during the first week of September.