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Bel Tor

Bel Tor

“Oh, yet, ye solemn Altars! while I feel The shadowy spells of power that round ye dwell.” J. E. Reade -1843 “On the left within a farm enclosure is Bel Tor, which although only a small pile, is sufficiently interesting to call for notice. A gate in the wall will …

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Beardown Tors

Beardown Tors

“Ascending through the farmyard, we emerge on a marshy slope which conducts us to the breezy height of Bair Dwon, a long green tableland… Masses of rock upstart from the turf at intervals, the most conspicuous being known as Bair Down, Lidford and Devils Tors.“. – J. Ll. W. Page, …

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Bathe Pool

Bathe Pool

Just outside the modern National Park boundary is a stretch of water known as the ‘Bathe Pool’ which for centuries has been renown for mysterious goings on. In the opinion of Mrs Bray most of this was the work of the piskies as can been seen from her story below: …

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Batch Loaf

Batch Loaf

Named Rocks – At the top of the hill behind Poundsworthy (sic) there is a rock locally known as the Batch Loaf. It was formerly a logan called the Ringed Tor.” –  T.D.A. 1902, p.85. On a mission or what? Whilst browsing through some old copies of the Transactions of …

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Bandstand

Bandstand

The whole of the Trowlesworthy tors ridge bears witness to the craft of the stone cutter with split rocks littering the hillside. Just north of Little Trowlesworthy tor sit a huge cylinder of granite which is trigged upon a large flat slab. In letterboxing terms this is known as ‘The …

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Atlas Burning House

Atlas Burning House

The Atlas Burning House – it could well be the title of some horror film or even a crematorium, in some cases it is also known as The Albion Burning House but either way it can be found just outside the village of Ilsington. Firstly why the two names? Basically, …

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Ashwell Spring

Ashwell Spring

Back in the days when Lords had manors and Knights went on quests there lived a squire and his daughter. They were not rich but compared to most people they were not poor. Home was a small manor house at Whitstone near Bovey Tracey. The Squire’s daughter was a beautiful …

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Annie Pinkham’s Men

Annie Pinkham's Men

Beside the A386 road near the old Wheal Betsy mine stands a row of 50 stones situated at the edge of the roadside. Originally there were more as the gaps will testify. Their purpose was to stop carts and carriages going off the road and acted as early crash barriers. …

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Amicombe Hill

Amicombe Hill

High up on the northern moor at an elevation of 560m is the centre of the huge ridge called Amicombe Hill or ‘The Devil’s Dome’. One would be hard pushed to find a wilder, bleaker and remote a spot anywhere on Dartmoor and this very fact is the reason for …

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American Cemetry

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Today, people visit Princetown and are drawn by some fascination to have a peek at the one-time infamous Dartmoor Prison and I should imagine that their thoughts on the austere, granite fortress vary. Some shiver and walk away whilst others will sympathise with those locked behind its high walls. There …

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