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Golden Dagger Mine

Golden Dagger Mine

For centuries Cassiterite or tin-ore has been mined on Dartmoor. Often it was wet, cold and dangerous work and as the ‘Old Men’ of the moor began mining underground conditions worsened. It is not known how many tinners have perished down the mines but the numbers must be considerable. The …

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Gidleigh Church

Gidleigh Church

“Smallest of villages is Gidleigh, As we turn the corner we see within an area of a few square yards the whole church-town. There is a ruined castle adjoining the dilapidated manor-house, close hugged by the little church, with a tower unusually slim when compared with its brethren. And beyond …

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Gidleigh Castle

Gidleigh Castle

When is a castle not a castle? When it’s Gidleigh Castle! Although marked as, ‘Castle (remains of)’ on the OS map this is not strictly true because as the National Monuments Records explains: ‘The castle probably originated as a small fortified manor house in approximately 1300. The only remaining part …

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Giant’s Chair

Giant's Chair

Today, having had one of those days when you wished you had taken a ‘duvet day’ I came home and checked my emails to find the following: ‘Think the site is great and dip into it all the time. Wandered if you were going to do an article on the …

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Fur Tor

Fur Tor

The ‘Queen of the Moor’ is a majestic tor high in the wastes of the northern fen where she rules over all she surveys. The ‘Queen of the Moor’ is commonly know as Fur tor and comprises of several outcrops. Many will argue that this is the remotest tor on …

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Fuges Post

Fuges Post

Now here is a challenge for anybody who has not been to Fuge’s Post and does not know what it looks like. Pick a wet, foggy day, equip yourself with a map and a grid reference of SX 57153 81962 and go and find it. That was exactly what I …

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Foxtor Mires

Foxtor Mires

“The hunter homeward speeds in haste, Ere fogs o’ertake him on the waste; And if to Foxtor mires he roam, He’ll bid a long adieu to home; A dreary shroud is o’er his head, A yawning swamp around him spread; Spell-bound and lost he ventures on One fatal step – …

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Forest Inn Hexworthy

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GOOD NEWS – The Forest Inn has now re-opened for business – 23.10.1026. Today, probably the most famous thing about Hexworthy is that Pen Hadow, the first person to trek solo and unsupported from northern Canada to the geographic North Pole lives there. But a century or so ago a …

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Fitz’s Well

Fitz's Well

One of the perils of walking across the moor at night is possibility of meeting with the pixies or as the moorfolk call them ‘piskies’. There are numerous stories of unfortunate people that have met them and become ‘piskie led‘. This is where the mischievous piskies envelop the traveller in …

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Fingle Bridge

Fingle Bridge

Fingle Bridge, its very name sounds like something straight from the pages of a fable story, does it not conjure up images of piskies, woodland spirits, or witchcraft? I would imagine that Fingle Bridge has been on the tourist route since the early 1800’s and the move towards the picturesque …

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