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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Blackingstone Rock

Blackingstone Rock

‘Blackingstone Rock or Blackystone, as it is always called… Being well placed, and having an elevation considerably over 1,000 feet, this pile forms another point from which a magnificent view is obtained. Like Hel Tor it is seen for many miles around, but according to tradition there was a time …

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Black Placenames

Black Placenames

Think of the word ‘black’ and you will be hard pressed to come up with anything that does not have dark, evil, sinister or menacing associations; blackmail, black arts, black ops, blackball, Black Friday, Black Death, blacklist, black mark, black market, black sheep, etc. The very colour is synonymous with …

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Bishop Stone

Bishop Stone

‘At Lustleigh, in Devonshire, is an octagonal Lich-Stone called Bishop’s Stone, having engraved upon it the arms of Bishop Cotton.’, (Hood, 1862, p.98). The above is an interesting comment and refers to a huge block of granite known as The Bishop’s Stone and its location is said to be at …

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Bird Placenames

Bird Placenames

Somebody recently wrote and asked how many place-names on Dartmoor are named after or associated with birds. Having trawled through the database the following list was arrived at, there are more but in cases where there are several examples of a name, ie Eagle Rock, just one entry has been …

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Belstone Church

Belstone Church

“There came a Sunday when the green slopes about Belstone village were musical with the cry of young life, when the lambs played and bleated, when the cuckoo called from many a misty glade and the church bells crowned the melody of the morning with wind-bourne cadences. They throbbed and …

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Bellever Clapper

Bellever Clapper

“In fact this picturesque though dilapidated erection under the bold slope of Bellever is not so often sought out by the explorer as it might be...” J. Ll. W. Page The above words were written in 1895 when describing Bellever clapper bridge, I think it’s fairly safe to say that …

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Bel Tor

Bel Tor

“Oh, yet, ye solemn Altars! while I feel The shadowy spells of power that round ye dwell.” J. E. Reade -1843 “On the left within a farm enclosure is Bel Tor, which although only a small pile, is sufficiently interesting to call for notice. A gate in the wall will …

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Beardown Tors

Beardown Tors

“Ascending through the farmyard, we emerge on a marshy slope which conducts us to the breezy height of Bair Dwon, a long green tableland… Masses of rock upstart from the turf at intervals, the most conspicuous being known as Bair Down, Lidford and Devils Tors.“. – J. Ll. W. Page, …

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Bathe Pool

Bathe Pool

Just outside the modern National Park boundary is a stretch of water known as the ‘Bathe Pool’ which for centuries has been renown for mysterious goings on. In the opinion of Mrs Bray most of this was the work of the piskies as can been seen from her story below: …

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Batch Loaf

Batch Loaf

Named Rocks – At the top of the hill behind Poundsworthy (sic) there is a rock locally known as the Batch Loaf. It was formerly a logan called the Ringed Tor.” –  T.D.A. 1902, p.85. On a mission or what? Whilst browsing through some old copies of the Transactions of …

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