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Northmore’s Cross

Northmore's Cross

On the brow of Hand Hill which overlooks Nun’s Cross and Fox Tor Mires is a large triangular boulder upon which jauntily sits what has become known as “The Smallest Cross on Dartmoor”. In very recent times is seems to have become very popular both on the web and in …

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Nine Maidens

Nine Maidens

Imagine walking the moor on a hot, balmy day, salty beads of sweat start to trickle into your eyes making them sting. Overhead a buzzard lazily floats on the warm therms, slowly spiralling up into the sky with a screel of delight. You decide to have a rest on a …

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Mount Misery Cross

Mount Misery Cross

Teetering on the western flank of Ter Hill is the corner of an newtake belonging to the old Foxtor Farm, here the gateway overlooks the infamous Foxtor Mires and Swincombe Valley. A few feet away from the gateway stands an old granite cross which is one of the line of …

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Monks of Dean Moor

Monks of Dean Moor

“Back to the sunset bound of Lyonesse– A land of old upheaven from the abyss By fire, to sink into the abyss again; Where fragments of forgotten peoples dwelt…“. The above lines are how Tennyson described the legendary land of Lyonesse that sunk beneath the waves somewhere off the coast …

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Michael Line

Michael Line

This was a difficult topic to categorise as the St. Michael’s line is or was not an actual track or boundary but if you believe in energy lines then it is a real path that runs across the northern end of the moor. Ley lines and energy paths initially seemed …

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Merrival Kist

Merrival Kist

Zebediah Torre was a journeyman who lived in a small hovel near Buckland. Every week he and his pony would trudge the ancient track called ‘The Abbot’s Way’ to Princetown and then cut across on the old Ashburton to Tavistock path, which led him to the local market at Tavistock. …

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Merrivale Complex

Merrivale Complex

The Merrivale ceremonial complex is probably one of the second most important ritual landscapes on Dartmoor. The inquiring mind will find many references to it in many books. But they are all brief mentions, which leaves the reader thirsting for more knowledge. This is an attempt to bring all those …

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Maximajor Stone

Maximajor Stone

There was a time long, long ago when giants lived on Dartmoor. They tended to dwell on the high tors where they could sit and watch over their territories. From a lot of the lofty peaks they could even see across into Wales and down to the South Devon coast. …

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Mariner’s Way

Marinera

Tradition has it that for centuries there has been an ancient trackway which runs from Bideford in North Devon and Dartmouth in South Devon. The purpose of this route was for sailors to travel between the two ports when transferring from one ship to sail on another, hence the name …

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Marchant’s Cross

Marchant's Cross

This ancient wayside cross must have been both a blessing and a dread for early travellers across the moor, to those coming down from the wilderness it probably was a most welcomed sight but for those about to enter upon the wastes it must have been a sickening reminder of …

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