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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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Fice’s Well

Fice's Well

Just outside of Princetown there is what looks like a small circular enclosure, this is Fice’s Well. If legend is to be believed it has stood here for 437 years and the spring was the source of salvation for John Fitz. One day he and his wife were riding on …

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Farm Placenames

Farm Placenames

Another interesting exercise with the place-names of Dartmoor, many of these you will find are no longer marked on the OS map and have become lost somewhere in the past. So here we go…’Old Dart Mo-or had a farm, ee i ee i o, and on this farm there were …

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Fairy Bridge

Fairy Bridge

In October 2014 the Dartmoor National Park Authority announced that due to the severe storms of February that year Swincombe Bridge was badly damaged and following an inspection in the summer was deemed unsafe and so was closed. Further inspections showed that the damage had worsened and so the bridge …

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Ephraim’s Pinch

Ephraim's Pinch

Lost amidst a huge coniferous forest is a small insignificant hill that is now called ‘Ephraim’s Pinch’. Many people see this name marked on the Ordnance Survey map and wonder what it refers to. It actually relates to a sad story about a local man called ‘Ephraim’. He was a …

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East Dart Waterfall

East Dart Waterfall

“Proceeding a short distance up river we reached a very charming cascade; it is not of great height, but is interesting, and its situation in this wild and deserted spot renders it peculiarly attractive. A ledge of rocks stands in the channel, over which the stream falls, and amid the …

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