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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Ring Ouzels

Ring Ouzels

Ode to a Pair of Ring-Ouzels A deep and solemn silence broods Over the breezy solitudes Whereon the mountaineer intrudes To crown a summer climb: The soaring lark, a dreamy bee, A pipit twittering from the lea Beguiled the journey, but no glee Disturbs the peak sublime. Yet music haunts …

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Red Kites

Red Kites

“The Rev. M. A. Mathew writes, that he has proof of the Kite having nested quite recently in Devonshire, but even at the beginning of the century it was a rare bird in the South of the County…I have a vague recollection of the species having (in my school-boy days, …

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Rabbits

Rabbits

For centuries the rabbit has been a common feature on Dartmoor insomuch as there were numerous warrens where they were bred for their meat and skins. At first rabbit meat was a luxury only available to the nobility and was far beyond the reach of the average person. But by …

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Primroses

Walk down any Dartmoor lane in May and you will see clusters of primroses adorning the hedgerows and fields. There is one certain field just outside Newton Abbot that for a couple of weeks turns literally yellow from the masses of primroses and it can be seen from miles away. …

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Poultry

Poultry

At one time nearly every farm and cott on Dartmoor kept hens, albeit a couple or a couple hundred, where their eggs and meat put food on the table and in some cases coin in the purse. About 40 years ago the normal Sunday roast was either beef or lamb …

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Potatoes

Potatoes

Nobody is sure when and how the potato arrived in this country, some say it was Sir Francis Drake, some say it was Walter Raleigh, others say it was Tom Hawkins and some say it was none of them. The earliest record of the potato is in 1597 when a …

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Ponies

Ponies

No Dartmoor website would be complete without a page on the famous Dartmoor Pony. Go into any souvenir shop and you will see Dartmoor Ponies in every shape and guise, they will be on postcards, keyrings, plates, mugs, tea towels and everything else where it is possible to put a …

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Piranha

Piranha

On the northern flank of Okement Hill a small trickle of water rises out from the peat, this is the East Okement river whose journey will take it through 5 miles of some beautiful moorland scenery. Once the river reaches Okehampton it unites with its sister, the West Okement and …

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Pigs

Pigs

“he that hath sheep, swine and bees, sleep he, wake, he, may thrive“. “This little piggy went to market and this little piggy stayed at home …”, and it wasn’t that long ago that most homes kept a pig to provide a source of much needed winter meat. Dartmoor was …

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Pigeons

Pigeons

For many centuries domestic pigeons were kept in specially built houses variously known as dovecotes, pigeon houses, columbaria and culver houses (from the Anglo Saxon culver = pigeon). They were primarily kept for their meat but pigeon blood was, according to Pliny, meant to cure bloodshot eyes and the dried …

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