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Aspects Of Dartmoor

Trig Points

Trig Points

Dartmoor is no different to anywhere else in the country as far as trig points are concerned – they appear everywhere. But there seems to be a growing hobby of visiting as many of these ‘modern menhirs’ as possible and so this page is for anybody who wanted to call …

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Tomb Raiders

Tomb Raiders

Since the days when the ancient folk lived in hut circles on the moor there have been sacred stones. Some of them were formed into granite circles others were lined up like ranks of warriors. For really special places, huge solitary pillars were erected to stand guard over the tribal …

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Tinner’s Laws

Tinners

‘A wind, cutting as a knife, chilling as an icicle, moaned over the moors, Sobbed around masses of rocks, and hissed in the wiry grass and rushes. Fastened to a stout oak beam, that was planted deep in the soil and wedged with stones, was a young man without jerkin, …

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Tinners

Tinners

  ‘No labourer whatsoever undergoes greater hazard of peril or danger, nor in hard or coarse fare and diet doth equal him: bread, the brownest; cheese the hardest; drink the thinnest; yea commonly the dew of heaven; which he taketh either from his shovel, or spade, or hollow in his …

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Tin Mills

Tin Mills

It has been argued that on Dartmoor tin has been extracted since prehistoric times although there is at the moment very little evidence to back this up. The earliest form of tin extraction was by means of working the rivers and streams for alluvial Cassiterite from which the tin was …

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Ten Tors

Ten Tors

  Every May the Ten Tors Expedition takes place on Dartmoor. This is probably one of the most famous of the annual Dartmoor walks and always makes the local television news. There are three levels of challenge which are over one of 26 specific routes, the bronze routes are 35 …

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Tavistock Pennies

Tavistock Pennies

Throughout the 18th century there was a dearth of small change coinage throughout Great Britain due to the fact that the mint could not keep up with the demand for the lower denomination coins. To confound the problem there were also numerous forgeries in circulation which tended to lose people’s …

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Take Off Stones

Take Off Stones

When talking of the ‘Take Off Stone’ you could be forgiven for thinking it is something connected with NASA and Space Shuttles. But no, it is/was a small insignificant stone that stands beside the A386 Tavistock to Okehampton road and which hundreds of people drive past every day. During the …

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Swaling

Swaling

Swaling – sounds like some sort of manic folk dance, but it is a practice that has been carried out for centuries. Swaling is the annual burning of the gorse and scrub in order to thin out the old vegetation in order to allow new grass shoots to grow thus …

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Stiles

Stiles

On the 12th of April 2012 the Daily Mail printed the following; “But stiles could soon be removed on Dartmoor – after ramblers claim some walkers are becoming too fat to get over them“. Many of the other national newspapers carried similar stories and very soon the topic became a …

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