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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Golden Maze

Golden Maze

What happened was, that donkey’s years ago on a small farm near Tavistock lived a young girl called Elsa. The poor child’s mother had died when she was a tacker which meant now she had to keep house and help her father around the farm. One night they were sat …

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Ghost of Uncle Ab

Ghost of Uncle Ab

As with most ‘strange events’ that occur on Dartmoor there is normally some kind of explanation as to their happening but every now and again there is one where logic does not apply just like this in 2010: It was a cold Christmas even by Dartmoor standards and especially so …

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Fox & the Piskies

Fox & the Piskies

A long, long time ago there lived in a remote Dartmoor clitter a huge and wily old fox. He knew every nook and cranny of the moors but more to the point he knew where the plumpest rabbits lived and on which farms the juiciest of hens were cooped. One …

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Fardle Field

Fardle Field

Many years ago on the southern tip of Dartmoor lived a farmer, he was considered one of the larger yeomen of the area. One evening as his men were finishing their chores for the day he called his ploughman over. “Moses,” he said, “tomorrow I want you to plough a …

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Evil Eye

Evil Eye

Anybody who watches ‘Little Britain’ will be converse with Vicky Pollard’s well know saying – “don’t give me evos!” which loosely translated is modern parlance for, “don’t give me the evil eye!”. Nothing new here then in fact there is nothing new with the ‘evil eye’ as its tradition goes …

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Drummer Boy

Drummer Boy

Firstly I would like to thank Pete for taking the time and trouble to email me this story from Princetown. Back in Napoleonic times when the prison ships used to be docked at Plymouth it was general practice to march the French prisoners of war across the moor to Princetown. …

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Dragon of O Brook

Dragon of O Brook

To the north of Holne Ridge lies the small valley of the O Brook, here the moorland waters peacefully tumble down through granite rocks that are overlooked by tombs of the ancient men of the moor. Today the tranquil little valley is home to the moorland sheep and ponies who …

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Downhouse Treasure

Downhouse Treasure

Just to the west of Tavistock lies the farmstead of Downhouse, the present building was re-built in 1822 but the original house was much, much older. It also had its own ghost in the form of a very tall and gangly man. The ghost was a pretty predictable spirit as …

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Demon Fiddler

Demon Fiddler

In the long forgotten days before Ipods and such demonic inventions the folk of Dartmoor had to make their own music. This meant learning to play an instrument such as an accordion, flute or a fiddle and such musicians would be akin to the ‘Rock Idols’ of today. I suppose …

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Deancombe Weaver

Deancombe Weaver

Deancombe is a small sleepy hamlet that is tucked under the southern edge of Dartmoor. This was a busy cloth producing area with Buckfast as its centre. Many years ago there was a weaver called Knowles living in a tiny house in Deancombe. He was reputed to be one of …

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