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Lost Liberator

Lost Liberator

Sadly there are many World War II aircraft crash sites on Dartmoor but one of the most puzzling was that of an American PB4Y-1 Liberator that went down on the 28th of December 1943 killing all ten of the crew. The bomber was returning to it’s base at Dunkeswell and …

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Longhouses

Longhouses

The prehistoric farmers on Dartmoor lived in roundhouses located within small settlements or pounds, by the medieval period the farmers of Dartmoor had moved to what was known as Longhouses. These were small, oblong, one storied buildings that housed both the farmer and his livestock. Although not exclusive to Dartmoor …

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Logan Stones

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“Thither, youths, Turn your astonish’d eyes; behold yon huge And unhewn sphere of living adamant, Which, poised by magic, rests its central weight On yonder pointed rock: firm as it seems, Such is the strange and virtuous property, It moves obsequious to the gentlest touch Of him whose breath is …

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Letterboxing Visitors Book

Letterboxing Visitors Book

For anybody who goes letterboxing a visitor’s book will be nothing new but for those who are completely perplexed with the concept of ‘boxing’ this page might make things clearer. Letterbox visitor’s books come in all shapes and sizes but these days normally consist of notebook which is small and …

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Letterbox Siting

Letterbox Siting

I often get asked how to become a Dartmoor Letterboxer, especially how to go about actually putting a box of your own out on the moor. This page explains how to do this from inception to completion using the example of an actual letterbox of mine that is due to …

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Letterboxing

Letterboxing

If you walk Dartmoor then sometime you are sure to encounter either a Dartmoor letterbox or Dartmoor letterboxers. The former will probably be the discovery of a small plastic pill pot hidden under a boulder and the latter will be a group of people huddled around a rock with an …

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Leats

When walking on Dartmoor it won’t take very long to come across a leat, in the modern landscape it may appear as a gently flowing channel of water or simply as a shallow, dry ditch. Nobody to my knowledge has been brave enough to estimate the miles of leats that …

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Lakes

Lakes

There are many ‘lakes’ on Dartmoor, in fact so many that one could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps it should have been known as the Lake District. But as always things on the moor or not always as they seem, certainly in the case of the ‘lakes’ or when …

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Junket

Junket

Junket is the dish of Devon, A better dish is hard to find, This is everyone’s opinion, Excepting those who’re out of mind. To mention ‘clouted’ cream without junket is akin to fish without chips, and I can only too well remember the Sunday ‘junkit’ and ‘craime’. Sadly one seldom …

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Horseshoes

Horseshoes

As with any remote upland area the horse and pony have played a vital role in the everyday life of moorfolk, serving as a means of transport and power. Albeit carrying people to and fro, pulling a plough or toting loads across the moor in packhorse trains all was done …

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