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Aspects Of Dartmoor

Royal tramp

Royal tramp

As much of Dartmoor is and has been owned by the Duchy of Cornwall it will be no surprise that various Princes of Wales have visited their lands. The present Prince of Wales regularly visits the moor but seldom does this make the national press. This however has not always …

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Roundsmen

Roundsmen

With the numerous farms and hamlets scattered across Dartmoor one of the essential services was that provided by the ‘Roundsman’. These men would bring vital supplies to people’s door, often saving their customers an arduous journey to the local towns or villages. The roundsmen delivered every sort of  commodity from …

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Roads & Lanes

Roads & Lanes

Dartmoor never has and never will be the easiest place to travel around especially in bad weather. Devonshire as a whole has the most mileage of roads of all the counties in Britain. It is literally criss-crossed with roads, lanes and tracks and it seems Dartmoor has its fair share …

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Rewilding

Rewilding

On the 14th, 15th and 16th the bi-annual National Parks Conference was hosted by the Dartmoor National Park Authority and was held at The Bovey Castle. Normally these affairs hold little interest for the general public and attract little media attention. However, 2015 was an exception thanks to one speaker …

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Regal Ramble

Regal Ramble

This was another short ‘trundle’ back to the same area that was visited on the Mistery Tour but with a stark contrast – I could actually see where I was going. It may have been only about 4 miles but it was one of those Dartmoor days that you will …

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Ravens

Ravens

On many occasions when walking the moor the solitude and the silence has been broken by either a slow rhythmic ‘womping’ noise or a deep guttural ‘cronking’ both emanating from above and which announce the presence of a raven or a ‘sheep vulture’ as it is called on Dartmoor. Look …

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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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