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Aspects Of Dartmoor

War Zone

War Zone

Ever since the nineteenth century the military have used Dartmoor for their exercises and manoeuvres which include live firing. The northern part of the moor is divided into three firing ranges; Okehampton, Willsworthy and Merrivale. These are all marked with lines of red and white poles most of which have …

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Warhorse

Warhorse

Now before we start, I must admit that as yet I have not seen the War Horse movie because if I watch a film I like it to be in silence and not have the rattle of crisp packets, slurping of drinks and every other obscene noise you get in …

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Viewpoints

Viewpoints

Anybody who has read a copy of William Crossing’s  book; ‘Crossing’s Guide to Dartmoor‘ cannot have failed to notice the simple black and white sketches of various viewpoints around the moor. These first appeared in the 1909 publication of his book with the purpose of aiding visitors to identify the …

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Trig Points

Trig Points

Dartmoor is no different to anywhere else in the country as far as trig points are concerned – they appear everywhere. But there seems to be a growing hobby of visiting as many of these ‘modern menhirs’ as possible and so this page is for anybody who wanted to call …

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Tomb Raiders

Tomb Raiders

Since the days when the ancient folk lived in hut circles on the moor there have been sacred stones. Some of them were formed into granite circles others were lined up like ranks of warriors. For really special places, huge solitary pillars were erected to stand guard over the tribal …

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Tinner’s Laws

Tinners

‘A wind, cutting as a knife, chilling as an icicle, moaned over the moors, Sobbed around masses of rocks, and hissed in the wiry grass and rushes. Fastened to a stout oak beam, that was planted deep in the soil and wedged with stones, was a young man without jerkin, …

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Tinners

Tinners

  ‘No labourer whatsoever undergoes greater hazard of peril or danger, nor in hard or coarse fare and diet doth equal him: bread, the brownest; cheese the hardest; drink the thinnest; yea commonly the dew of heaven; which he taketh either from his shovel, or spade, or hollow in his …

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Tin Mills

Tin Mills

It has been argued that on Dartmoor tin has been extracted since prehistoric times although there is at the moment very little evidence to back this up. The earliest form of tin extraction was by means of working the rivers and streams for alluvial Cassiterite from which the tin was …

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Ten Tors

Ten Tors

  Every May the Ten Tors Expedition takes place on Dartmoor. This is probably one of the most famous of the annual Dartmoor walks and always makes the local television news. There are three levels of challenge which are over one of 26 specific routes, the bronze routes are 35 …

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Tavistock Pennies

Tavistock Pennies

Throughout the 18th century there was a dearth of small change coinage throughout Great Britain due to the fact that the mint could not keep up with the demand for the lower denomination coins. To confound the problem there were also numerous forgeries in circulation which tended to lose people’s …

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