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Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge

“Lydford Bridge has been compared to the Devil’s Bridge in Cardiganshire. It spans a dark chasm through which struggles the almost invisible river, seventy feet below. Than this romantic gorge no fairer spot exists in the West Country, and few more alarming to a head other than strong. To within …

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Lydford Castle

Lydford Castle

Lydford is normally associated with the stone ‘castle’ which stands next to the church, this was the place that once carried fear and awe for anybody doomed to stay there as they knew the infamous ‘Lydford Law‘ would probably end up in their deaths. There are in fact the remains …

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Lydford Bridge

Lydford Bridge

 ‘The chasm cannot be regarded without shuddering ; nor will the stoutest of heart meditate unappalled upon the dreadful anecdotes connected with the spot.’ There are literally hundreds of bridges on Dartmoor and probably if you asked anyone to name one of them they would come up with Postbridge. If …

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Lustleigh Stones

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Lustleigh could be described as the quintessential moorland village, there are thatched cottages, an old church, a time honoured inn and the obligatory tea rooms. This small village is probably best know for its cleave which attracts many visitors and walkers who enjoy the beautiful woodland walks. In a sad …

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Lustleigh Clam

Lustleigh Clam

The circus is in town, well ok some of it is, the clowns are in the village or to be precise the clowns have been performing at Lustleigh. But before we come to their latest stunt it may be as well to have a look into a piece of Dartmoor’s …

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Longstone Manor

Longstone Manor

“The authors of the Magna Britannia state that the manor “belonged in the reign of Henry III. to a family of Herbert Combe, who were succeeded by Scudamore. A co-heiress of Scudamore, about the end of the 15th century, brought it to the Elfords, in which family it continued until …

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Longaford Tor

Longaford Tor

If a tor could talk then the one with the best story has to be Longaford Tor, sitting proudly on a moorland ridge the granite pyramid overlooks extensive vistas that over the millennia have been home to man. The granite outcrops have witnessed passing bands of Neolithic hunter gatherers in …

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Lady Well

Lady Well

Firstly, the well, beside the old A30 road at the western end of the village of Sticklepath is the ‘Lady Well’. This small well consists of a small granite trough fed by a pipe, a large lintel-like boulder lies over the well with the inscription, “LADY WELL, DRINK, AND BE …

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Keeble Martin’s Chapel

Keeble Martin's Chapel

The remote area around Huntingdon Warren shows many examples of human activity including the remains of prehistoric huts, the old rabbit warren, remnants of the old Huntingdon Mine, and features of early monastic use by the brothers of Buckfast Abbey. Here in the valley the Western Wella Brook cascades down …

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Knattaburrow Pool

Knattaburrow Pool

The other side of Ivybridge is a small place called Ugborough. Many years ago a young peat cutter called Peter lived in a small cott on the edge of the village. Now there were two things ‘Peter the Peat Man’ had earned a reputation for, one was  his fondness of …

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