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Leats

Leats

When walking on Dartmoor it won’t take very long to come across a leat, in the modern landscape it may appear as a gently flowing channel of water or simply as a shallow, dry ditch. Nobody to my knowledge has been brave enough to estimate the miles of leats that …

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Lakes

Lakes

There are many ‘lakes’ on Dartmoor, in fact so many that one could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps it should have been known as the Lake District. But as always things on the moor or not always as they seem, certainly in the case of the ‘lakes’ or when …

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Junket

Junket

Junket is the dish of Devon, A better dish is hard to find, This is everyone’s opinion, Excepting those who’re out of mind. To mention ‘clouted’ cream without junket is akin to fish without chips, and I can only too well remember the Sunday ‘junkit’ and ‘craime’. Sadly one seldom …

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Horseshoes

Horseshoes

As with any remote upland area the horse and pony have played a vital role in the everyday life of moorfolk, serving as a means of transport and power. Albeit carrying people to and fro, pulling a plough or toting loads across the moor in packhorse trains all was done …

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Hogs Pudding

Hogs Pudding

I have heard on occasions that Hog’s Pudding is the ‘Devonshire haggis’ which I find totally incomprehensible. It looks nothing like haggis and it sure as hell tastes nothing like haggis. Granted it is a large sausage and it has some magical ingredients but unlike the haggis they do not …

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Heritage at Risk

Heritage at Risk

Not long ago I wrote a webpage on the ‘Archerton Camp‘ and whilst doing the research I found that the prehistoric settlement appeared on the ‘Heritage At Risk Register‘. As I was not sure exactly what this was and what it entailed I dug a little deeper. Around about the …

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Hedges

Hedges

It is noticeable on Dartmoor how if one leaves the high moor how the field boundaries change from stone wall to bank or faced hedges which are typical of Devon. The main reason for this being that on the high moor there was an abundance of granite with which to …

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Hag Stones

Hag Stones

If ever you happen to be around any old Dartmoor farm buildings you may possibly notice a small holed stone or pebble sat on a window ledge. Occasionally if the building has a lock with a key still in it there may well be a similar looking holed stone tied …

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Green Men

Green Men

The ‘Green Man’ phenomenon seems to have become a popular subject over the past twenty years or so and Dartmoor supports its fair share of related symbols. The subject was first raised in the 1930’s and in 1939 Lady Raglan wrote the following when discussing a foliate head carving at …

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Gold

Gold

“Gold was frequently found by the old tin streamers, in small grains, in the beds of moorland streams; and it is probable that  it occurs, or has occurred, more or less in the beds of all the larger rivers,” Rowe, p.247. “There’s gold in them thar hills,” but before everybody …

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