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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Wise Waggoner, The


  It was a dark winter’s night when all on the moor was coated by a thick frost which sparkled in the still moonlight, the small inn was unusually quite with just a few local packmen and waggoners sat around the smoky peat fire. It was on such nights when …

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Watchmaker of Lydford


This is not a legend as such but it is one of those quirky things that are a ‘must see’ if you are in Lydford. Tucked neatly to the right of the church porch is a small rectangular grave. It’s obviously much visited as there is a small track worn …

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William Crossing


Many people say that you either love Dartmoor or loathe it, I would slightly disagree insomuch as there is a third emotion regarding Dartmoor and that is obsession. It truly can become an addictive place for all sorts of reasons and it is this third category that the writer William …

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Donaghy Mystery, The


Dartmoor harbours numerous mysterious events that have occurred down through the centuries and pretty near the top of the list is the tragic mystery of William Donaghy. His story is befitting of any mystery story with more twists than a corkscrew along with some weird coincidences and a big question …

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Yew Trees, Dartmoor


“Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade,          Where heaves the turf in many a mould’ring heap, Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,          The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.” Thomas Grey – Elegy written in a churchyard There are many splendid yew trees to be found in the …

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Throwleigh Serpent, The


Over time there have been numerous stories of ‘exotic’ animals roaming Dartmoor, the latest being the adventures of Flavui the lynx who escaped from the Dartmoor zoo. Previous to that were the many sightings of pumas roaming the moorland wastes, possibly leading to the Beast of Dartmoor sightings.. In 2009 …

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Rustlers on the Moor


Mention the word rustlers and thrilling images of masked cowboys running off herds of cattle with a posse of armed men chasing after them. Today, sadly that is not the case, probably imagine a group of men, sneaking around in the dead of night on a well planned mission to …

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Pixie Verse, The


I have received several emails requesting the entire poem from which on the Dartmoor Piskies page I have taken the quote; ‘Thar be piskies up to Dartmoor’ and after much searching I have found the following. I am unsure as to whether this is the full version or as to who actually …

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Dartmoor Piskies


” Thar be piskies up to Dartmoor And ‘tidn’t no good you say there baint I’ve felt um grauping at my heart I’ve heard their voices calling faint“. For the rest of the verse see – HERE. Why is a grown man writing about fictitious piskies you may well ask? …

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Mangersford and Manga Rails


Both Mangersford and Manga Rails (which sound a bit like a 70s porn star) are  landscape features located at and near to an old fording place on the North Teign river. As to the ford itself, William Crossing notes;  “We shall also pass a fording place, which may possibly be …

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