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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Beardown Man

Beardown Man

Beardown Man – sounds like the Dartmoor equivalent of Grizzly Adams but sadly there is no bear or man just a huge pillar of granite. But having said that this is no ordinary pillar of granite, it’s a very, very old pillar of granite erected by ancient hands over 4,000 …

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Beaker People

Beaker People

“Near this were two or three fragments of pottery, and close under these a small urn was discovered, which had been crushed by the subsidence of the cairn stones… The bottom of the urn was resting on the * calm,” and lying amongst the sherds was a flint knife in …

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Beacons

Beacon

Another fire rose furious up; behind Another and another: all the hills Each beyond each held up its crest of flame. Along the heavens the bright crimson hue Widening and deepening travels on; the range O’erleaps black Tamar, by whose ebon tide Cornwall is bounded; and on to Haytor rock …

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Assacombe Hill History

Assacombe Hill History

Whilst researching the King’s Oven page it became clear that within the locality were a large number of cairns and other prehistoric ritual features. For Dartmoor this is nothing out of the norm but one name seemed to jump out from the map – Asacombe Hill. The name alone boggles …

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Archerton Camp

Legendary Dartmoor

During a spell of boredom I was scrolling over an old Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor when I spotted an wooded oval feature which was labelled as  ‘Camp (site of)‘. Today the landscape feature is labelled as a ‘Settlement‘ by the OS. This is situated in the enclosures of Archerton …

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The Ancient Tenements

Legendary Dartmoor

During the 1200’s the country saw a marked increase in the size of its population which meant there was a greater demand on the food resources until there came a time when enough food was not being produced. This in turn lead to farmers looking at cultivating land that previously …

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Abbot’s Way

Legendary Dartmoor

I remember once being up on Great Gnats Head when a rather bemused gentleman came over with map in hand and more frowning furrows on his forehead than there were contour lines on the map. It transpired that he was rather concerned because he could not find the Abbot’s Way …

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