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Hospit Cross

Just over 1.8 kilometres south-south-west of Moretonhampstead along a road known as Pound Street is a small crossroads known as Bovey Cross. This narrow road takes its name from the old North Bovey livestock pound some 640 metres further down the road. Besides the crossroads sits an ancient wayside cross, …

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Horn’s Cross

Horn's Cross

If ever you are travelling on the road between Holne and Hexworthy you may just spot a lone figure standing on the hillside near Combestone Tor. This is not a rambler but an old granite cross which stands on the old track known as the Maltern Way. As the Dartmoor …

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Hobajohn’s Cross

Hobajohn's Cross

Strange how one thing leads to another, I recently built a page on Staldon stone row which lead on to another on Butterdon stone row and that has now led onto this page about Hobajon’s Cross. Actually it’s a bit misleading to call this a ‘cross’ in the true sense …

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Hingston Hill

Hingston Hill

Hingston Hill, sometimes known as Hingston Down, (not to be confused with the other Hingston Down which is near Moretonhampstead) has sitting on its crest one of the more iconic of Dartmoor’s prehistoric ritual features. The Bronze Age stone row and cairn circle is also referred as ‘Down Tor stone …

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Hill Forts

Hill Forts

 When looking at the evidence for the Iron Age on Dartmoor it soon becomes obvious that something dramatic occurred around the beginning of the period. Look at any map of the moor and you will see that it is studded with hundreds of hut circles and other features from the …

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Hexworthy Cross

Hexworthy Cross

 “Here we find not across upon which the storms of hundreds of Dartmoor winters have left their mark but one of quite recent erection.”, Crossing, 1902.  Prior to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897 a committee of the Dartmoor Forest dwellers decided that to mark the event a cross was …

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Hembury Castle

Hembury Castle

Back in the Dark Ages nobody was safe from the marauding bands of Vikings that plundered the coasts. The sleek, low draughted boats could take them up many of the English rivers and it was only a matter of luck if they were looking to trade or seeking to plunder. …

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Heap of Sinners

sinners

High on the top of Huntingdon Hill sits a Bronze Age cairn called Huntingdon Barrow and apart from the views it affords there is apparently nothing exceptional about it. That is until you see it’s local name – the ‘Heap o’ Sinners‘ which conjures up all sorts of images and …

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Haytor Quarries

Haytor Quarries

This year (2012) sees the 25th anniversary of the footpath known as the ‘Templer Way’, a route which follows the old granite tramway from the Haytor quarries to Teignmouth quay. So maybe this would be an appropriate time to have a look at the Haytor quarries and see what went …

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Haytor

Haytor

Haytor is probably the most visited tor on Dartmoor, its huge granite mass is and has been depicted on numerous postcards, sketches, paintings and photographs. Visit the tor on any day and you will find numerous coaches who include it on every tour of Dartmoor. But this is no new …

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