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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Dartmoor Alder Trees

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The European Alnus glutinosa or Alder is one of the several common and native trees to be found on Dartmoor and the name has derived from the Anglo Saxon word – alor which in a roundabout way means red or brown. Other local names for the tree are Aller, Aller Bush …

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Dartmoor’s Powder Mills

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  Drive down the B3212 and you will find another of Dartmoor’s ‘Little Gems’ in the shape of Powder Mills, today there is a signpost for a pottery but 160 odd years ago there would have been a busy industrial landscape. This was the site of a gunpowder making factory …

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Sundials on Dartmoor

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‘Learn a lesson from this dial, Dwell not on the past; Greet the present with a smile, For future cannot last.’ Many will argue that the first use of a sundial began way back in prehistoric time in the form of the stone rows, circles and menhirs which acted as …

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Dartmoor’s Wilsworthy Chapel

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  He was on his way to Willsworthy, four miles from the parish church, at the extreme end of the parish, to pay a pastoral visit to Mistress Malvine, who was an invalid. Before reaching the house he came to a ruined chapel, that had not been used since the …

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Edward Dunn

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  The first recorded evidence of Widecombe Fair appeared on Saturday, October the 19th 1850 when the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette announced that on the following Friday (25th) a Free Fair would be held on the Green which adjoined the churchyard at Widecombe-in-the-Moor. It was expected that a large show …

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Dartmoor’s Roborough Rock

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I now observe a massive block, Well known by name as Roborough Rock, Which has stood on this English ground, Yes, ever since the world was drowned: As autumn leaves we fade away, But still that rock will keep its stay Quite firm against all storm and cold, As was …

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Wigford Down

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  “Beyond, like the hogged back of a brown bear, Wigford Down rolled over the gorges of Dewerstone, and further yet, retreated fields and forests, great uplifted plains, and sudden elevations that glimmered along their crests with the tender green of distant larch and beech.” Eden Phillpotts – The Three Brothers, …

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Dartmoor’s Highest Waterfall

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  I think when anybody visits an area they always like to see the highest, longest, shortest, deepest or oldest features that are on offer. In this light, the longest waterfall in Devon is the White Lady falls which can be found at the southern end of Lydford Gorge. The …

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Dartmoor Misdemeanours

  Back in the days when Britain was ‘Great’ and before the act of Human Rights life was a lot more ordered and what made this possible were the harsh sentences for the numerous petty crimes. The other major difference was that the police in those days were not governed …

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Dartmoor’s Puggie Stone

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  “As we continue the road uphill we shall see the Puggie, Puckie, or Pixy Stone, in a field on the. right-hand side ; a big granite rock, mossy and overgrown ; on the top is a rock basin, but there is no possibility of getting up to it without …

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