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Doetor Brook

Doetor Brook

Just under the southern shadow of the mighty Great Links Tor rises a small brook, it actually gurgles out of a spring which sits at an altitude of 504m. From here it tumbles down its short course of about 2.91km to meet the River Lyd which awaits its waters a …

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Ditsworthy Warren

Ditsworthy Warren

If the media hype following the release of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie ‘War Horse‘ is to be believed there is going to be an invasion of fans flocking to Dartmoor to visit the various locations shown in the film. A central part of the early story is set at the …

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Dewerstone

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“… Now, through the moorland wind and driving shower, I gaze upon the Dewerstone’s upsoaring torr, Clambering o’er piles of granite rude and stern, That shoulder up broad wastes of furze and fern, While, between us and the gray Torr’s steep brow, The foaming Cad tears its wild way below, …

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Devil Placenames

Devil Placenames

There are numerous stories about the Devil’s activities on Dartmoor, some of which are included within the pages of this site. There are also many place-names that show ‘The Evil One’ had been busy on the moor, although that is what it seems? Devil’s Bridge This at one time was …

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Dartmeet

Dartmeet

Well, how does one start to try and describe Dartmeet? You either love it or do everything in your power to avoid it, especially in summer. The main attraction is exactly what the place-name suggests, the place where the West and East Dart rivers meet – namely a confluence. They …

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Dart Bridge

Dart Bridge

The Dart Bridge at Buckfast has the distinction today of being the last crossing place of the river Dart before it leaves the boundary of the National Park. That there has been a bridge here for centuries is not surprising due to the proximity of Buckfast Abbey. One of the …

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Dart, River

Dart, River

It has long been said that once a year the river Dart demands a human life and when it is ready for ‘a heart’ it will ‘cry’ out and summon its victim. The sound of the river can usually be heard near the ‘Broad Stone’ or Brad Stones. An old …

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Dancing Tree

Dancing Tree

Although long gone there once stood a mighty and venerable elm tree in Moretonhampstead, it was known by various names; The Cross Tree, The Dancing Tree and The Punchbowl Tree. The history of the tree is an ironic reversal of the normal situation whereby pagan symbols were replaced by Christian …

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Cut Hill

Cut Hill

Cut Hill is either a place you love or detest, it is one Dartmoor’s remoter spots and is the fourth highest of Dartmoor’s hills. At first glance it consists of nothing but peat hags, boggy pools, tussocks and other such messy things. To reach it will involve a good walk …

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Cuckoo Rock

Cuckoo Rock

High on the northern side of the Deancombe Valley stands a huge rock known as the ‘Cuckoo Rock’ and this has been a point of pilgrimage for many years. There are several versions as to why it is so called, firstly there are those that consider the shape of the …

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