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Childe’s Tomb Cross

Childe's Tomb Cross

On the edge of the infamous Fox Tor Mire stands an old stone cross, it’s mounted upon a three stepped pedestal. This ancient cross is said in legend to be the tomb of Childe the Hunter who was a wealthy Saxon lord who loved the thrill of the chase. The …

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Charles Wood Cross

Charles Wood Cross

Since the year dot there has always been a need for navigational aids when travelling, especially in unfamiliar landscapes. It is known that the Romans introduced milestones whose use continued well into the nineteen century. These were later replaced by the road signs of today and thanks to GPS have …

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Central Trackway

Central Trackway

Today the general consensus is that the Romans never ventured very far onto Dartmoor however just over 100 years ago there was a strong theory that in fact the famous Fosseway Roman road crossed the moor as it went from Exeter to Tavistock. This route became known as the ‘Great …

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Cave Penney Cross

Cave Penney Cross

At an altitude of about 1,300ft stands a lone cross firmly affixed to a large boulder, this is known as the Cave-Penney Memorial or the Sherwell Cross. It is an impressive monument in memory of a brave young man who died in the First World War. At the bottom of …

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Cavalier’s Cross

Cavalier's Cross

In a field just outside the town of Bovey Tracey stands a forlorn looking granite cross, it is sometimes known as Longston Cross or Challabrook Cross. At some time in the past it has been used as a gatepost as is evident from the two rusty gate hangers that still …

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Cairns

Cairns

One thing Dartmoor is not lacking in is cairns, there are big ones, little ones, ancient ones and modern ones. It is impossible to look on a map of the moor and not see one somewhere. But what are there purpose? The explanation for the modern ones initially appears simple, …

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Cadover Cross

Cadover Cross

On the south eastern side of Wigford Down stands a lone wayside cross known as ‘Cadover Cross’ or sometimes as the ‘Cross on Wigford Down’. Today it is only the cross head and base which are the original components of the cross as can be seen from the restoration photograph …

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Butterdon Stone Row

Butterdon Stone Row

Having recently posted a webpage on the longest stone row on Dartmoor, namely Staldon, it seems logical to say a few words about it’s neighbour. Butterdon stone row is the second longest on Dartmoor and it shows certain similarities to that of Staldon in its design and construction. Another connection …

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Budleigh Cross

Budleigh Cross

Budleigh Bridge or as the Ordnance Survey would have it: One Mill Bridge, lies just to the south-east of Moretonhampstead. As Dartmoor’s bridges go the actual structure is nothing to write home about and most people probably don’t pay it much attention. However, back in 1959 it was reported my …

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Brisworthy Circle

Brisworthy Circle

‘The circle is one of the finest on Dartmoor, although the Grey Wethers and Scar Hill (Scorhill) are larger specimens. The diameter is about 80ft (24.38m)  and it consists of twenty four stones; originally all except three lay prostrate on the ground, until the summer of 1909, when Mr. R. …

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