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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Raspberries

Raspberries

One would probably not associate Dartmoor with raspberries and to be truthful it has only just squeezed into this section, but believe it or not there is a reference to a ‘raspberry garden’. High on the northern fen nestled at just over 1,700 ft (524m) is a small hollow that …

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Rain

Rain

You have planned a visit to Dartmoor and amazingly it turns out to be a wet, miserable day, what do you do? Even worse, you are down on holiday and even more amazing the rain is bucketing down, the kids are grizzly, the wife is giving you ‘evils’ because she …

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Rabbit Warrens

Rabbit Warrens

Many sources state that the rabbit was not an original native of Britain and that they were introduced by the Normans. There are now several reports that this was not so and perhaps re-introduced should be the correct term. Archaeological excavations at Boxgrove in West Sussex revealed rabbit remains that …

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Prison Breaks

Prison Breaks

Dartmoor Prison has always had the reputation as being a dark foreboding place from which there is no escape. To do so would mean risking life and limb amongst the quaking bogs of the moor. However, recent research on some newspapers of the 1800’s has revealed that not everybody was …

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Predas

Predas

Anybody that regularly walks on Dartmoor cannot help noticing that cattle and sheep can usually be seen around the same vicinity time after time. These encounters can be on the commons or up on the high moors throughout the grazing seasons. Additionally the vegetation where the livestock are located is …

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Pools

Pools

According to William Crossing this is probably the most boring page on this website, in the section headed “Terms used in connection with the Forest and Commons,” he has the following to say about ‘pools’: “… there are a number of pools, and so-called pools, on the moor, not one …

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Pits

Pits

But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee – Psalm 55:23 I recently received an email asking for some information regarding ‘Turpin’s Pit’ which is a topic that …

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Phone Boxes

Phone Boxes

On the 19th of December a news report from the Tavistock Times noted how the familiar old telephone box at Postbridge was in danger of disappearing. This famous old kiosk is one of 41 in the West Devon area that BT want to take away as presumably they are not …

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Peat Passes

Peat Passes

The northern part of Dartmoor is the source of several rivers and most of the high land is termed ‘blanket bog’ or Fen. Anybody who has tried to cross the heart of the Fen will know that if on foot it can be a ‘pig’ to traverse especially in wet …

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Peat

Peat

Dartmoor Peat is not a person although some letterboxers may dispute that fact, obviously we are talking about the very substance of the moor. Throughout the centuries this valuable commodity has fuelled the early industries, warmed the moorfolk’s cotts, cooked their food and has also been used to make by-products …

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