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Dart, River

Dart, River

It has long been said that once a year the river Dart demands a human life and when it is ready for ‘a heart’ it will ‘cry’ out and summon its victim. The sound of the river can usually be heard near the ‘Broad Stone’ or Brad Stones. An old …

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Dancing Tree

Dancing Tree

Although long gone there once stood a mighty and venerable elm tree in Moretonhampstead, it was known by various names; The Cross Tree, The Dancing Tree and The Punchbowl Tree. The history of the tree is an ironic reversal of the normal situation whereby pagan symbols were replaced by Christian …

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Cut Hill

Cut Hill

Cut Hill is either a place you love or detest, it is one Dartmoor’s remoter spots and is the fourth highest of Dartmoor’s hills. At first glance it consists of nothing but peat hags, boggy pools, tussocks and other such messy things. To reach it will involve a good walk …

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Cuckoo Rock

Cuckoo Rock

High on the northern side of the Deancombe Valley stands a huge rock known as the ‘Cuckoo Rock’ and this has been a point of pilgrimage for many years. There are several versions as to why it is so called, firstly there are those that consider the shape of the …

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Crow Tor

Crow Tor

Just on the southern edge of Dartmoor’s northern fen is a small tor which when observed on the skyline presents a remarkable silhouette which is said to resemble a sitting bird, to be more precise a crow and hence the tor is known as Crow Tor – see figures 3 …

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Crockern Tor

Crockern Tor

“Nor waving crops, nor leaf, nor flowers adorn Thy sides, deserted Crockern. Over thee The winds have ever held dominion ; thou Art still their heritage, and fierce they sweep.” Carrington. 1826 Crockern tor is more a place of history than mystery, probably of all the granite outcrops on Dartmoor …

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Crock of Gold

Crock of Gold

It was a cold November night and several moormen were huddled around the huge granite fireplace of the old inn. Outside the wind howled down from the high tors and rattled the old aging latch of the inn’s front door. The conversation had drifted from cattle prices to peat stacks …

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Crazywell Pool

Crazywell Pool

“Nature, passing nigh Cramber Tor, where old-time miners delved for tin, has found a great pit, filled the same with sweet water, and transformed all into a thing of beauty. Like a cup in the waste lies Crazywell ; and, at this summer season, a rare pattern of mingled gold …

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Cranmere Pool

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Cranmere Pool or as one suggestion for the place name has it – ‘The Lake of Cranes‘, does that not conjure up an idyllic picture of a tranquil lake situated on the high moors with herons darting the fish as they swim by? Well actually what you need to imagine …

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Cowsic River

Cowsic River

High up on the north moor at an altitude of 1,798 feet a small dribble of water issues from the peat at grid reference SX 59367 80473. This small trickle of water will drop down 890 ft  over a course of about 4.6 miles before flowing into the West Dart …

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