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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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Kitts Steps

Kitts Steps

Just above the village of Lydford lies Kitts Steps which is where the river Lyd tumbles over a waterfall before entering the famous Lydford Gorge. The actual term steps is used to describe a crossing place on a river that consists of large granite boulders that act as stepping stones. …

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Kes tor

Kes tor

If a Dartmoor tor could reveal what it has seen down through the millennia then Kestor surely would have some stories to tell. Its rocky outcrops survey directly over a ancient landscape of ritual monuments and old stone huts. In previous centuries some early antiquarians believed that the tor was …

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Jolly Lane Cott

Jolly Lane Cott

Visit the small village of Hexworthy and you will find a few houses, a pub, the only example of a Celtic style cross on Dartmoor and some splendid views. If you wander downhill from the pub you will see a small cottage on your left, which today seems nothing more …

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Islington School

Islington School

When does fate decide which way to tip the scales? How many times have you heard of amazing, death-defying escapes but equally how many tragic accidents? Some would say that when a catastrophe happens it is divine retribution for some committed sins but when a miraculous escape occurs it is …

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Islington Manor

Islington Manor

Over the past few years the good folk of Ilsington have done an excellent job in reclaiming their history and heritage, in particular there have been two initiatives that have restored, or rather rescued, features of the village’s past. For many years the enigmatic remains of an ivy-clad wall has …

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