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Hameldown Ridge

Hameldown Ridge

The thought occurred to me that for many months all I have done is to write about Dartmoor and not actually got peat on my boots, so having some holiday I took the opportunity to get out onto the moor. There were a couple of web pages that I had …

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Fingle Woods

Fingle Woods

The Woodland Trust and National Trust were given the unique opportunity to purchase 340.47 hectares of woodland in an effort to restore them to ancient woodland. Fortunately by combining forces they managed to purchase the land before the final sale date thus ensuring the vision of their project. Much of …

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Dunnabridge

Dunnabridge

You’ve feasted on festive fare, supped the seasonal spirits, crashed on the comfy couch and piled on the pounds. How about and brisk bit of Dartmoor Xcertion and Xploration to blow away the cobwebs? This is a suggested ramble around the Bellever area of about 6.45 miles of easy but …

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Devonport Leat

Devonport Leat

This Xploration is called ‘Follow the Leat‘, a phrase stolen from the title of a series of books written by John Robbins but perfectly fits this route. It was to be a ‘Weather Day’, what was the weather going to do? and whether to bother going out on Dartmoor? In …

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Dart Valley

Dart Valley

Autumn leaves and winter comes – we along with our intrepid friends (Paul, Lizz, and their two daughters, Bethan and Laura) decided to rent a cottage on the edge of the moor for a few days. I must admit I was expecting to spend the days slopping around on a …

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Conies Down

Conies Down

Tomorrow, Zeb and I will have a perambulation of Conies Down, the forecast is good and the snow has melted. The area is full of archaeology and history with a modicum of mystery. I suppose it might be an idea to check the firing times as some of the area …

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Burrator

Burrator

If you down to Burrator Reservoir today you’re sure of a big surprise … well that is unless you have been there in the past few weeks and I certainly haven’t – hence this visit. The plan was to have a look at the newly opened ‘Burrator Discovery Centre’, take …

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Blackall’s Drive

Blackall's Drive

The thing I love about maps are some of the place names you find that always beg a question of some kind, one such example is the simple entry of ‘Dr. Blackall’s Drive‘ which can be found at OS grid reference SX 698 718. So, what is it? Who was …

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Black Dunghill

Black Dunghill

Following his torn cruciate ligament operation and several weeks confinement it is now possible to take Zeb out on short walks. The problem he has is that although I doesn’t think he’s any longer in pain he refuses to use his bad leg. This being his hind left leg can …

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Bellever

Bellever

Tradition now has it that the second weekend in July is when we take my Young Archaeology Club up to Dartmoor. The trip is always regarded with some slight trepidation as it involves around 16 children between the ages of 8 and 11 and all the joys they bring. This …

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