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Windy Post Cross

Windy Post Cross

‘Lonely there, betwixt moor and sky, Where great grey clouds go drifting by, And the peewit utters her plaintive cry, The Windy Post stands silently.’ To the north west of Feather Tor stands an ancient and rugged granite cross known as either the Beckamoor Cross or more romantically the Windy …

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Widgery’s cross

Widgery's cross

As you drive along the A386 between Okehampton and Tavistock you may notice a cross sited on a distant tor upon the skyline, this is ‘Widgery’s Cross’ or the ‘Jubilee Cross’. For 118 years the granite cross has stood looking over the western expanse of moor. The cross was erected …

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Whitmoor Stone Circle

Whitmoor Stone Circle

The Whit Moor or White Moor stone circle has to be one of the remoter of Dartmoor’s stone circles. It nestles on the southern end of Little Hound Tor from where it surveys far and wide. Dotted in and around the surrounding landscape are Bronze Age settlements, cairns, stone rows, …

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Whitehorse Kist 3

Whitehorse Kist 3

On the 7th of February 2014 BBC South West aired the much awaited half hour film called ‘Mystery of the Moor‘. Produced by Andrew Brown of Totnes based De Facto films the programme featured on the latest revelations to come from the Whitehorse Hill Kist and its burial goods. The …

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Whitehorse Kist 2

Whitehorse Kist 2

During August 2011 it was announced that excavation had begun on a prehistoric kistvaen that had been discovered on Whitehorse Hill 10 years ago. Following on from that excavation it was announced in February 2013 that preliminary findings regarding the grave goods in the kist were, “the national park’s most …

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Whitehorse Kist

Whitehorse Kist

During August 2011 it was announced that excavation had begun on a prehistoric kistvaen that had been discovered on Whitehorse Hill 10 years ago. The Dartmoor Preservation website announced that ‘The site was first discovered in 2001 by Joe Turner when the western edge of the cist was exposed as …

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White Tor

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I was searching through my letterbox stamp collection when I came across the one for Peterstone Rock Iron Age Hillfort. It is a superb hand-cut stamp made by the Dartmoor Drifter and the name ‘Peterstone’ is an alternative for White Tor which stands by Langstone Moor near Peter Tavy. The …

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Western Whittaburrow

Western Whittaburrow

Having already posted a page on Eastern Whittabarrow it only seems logical to do the same for Western Whittaburrow. This also kills two birds with one stone as the cairn is also home to Petre’s Cross so you get two for the price of one. Depending on what is referred …

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Week Down Cross

Week Down Cross

High on the hill sits a lonely cross… and Week Down cross has sat there for centuries. Although today it is not in its original location the cross has faithfully served as a wayside cross and marked an early track. Starkey (1989, p.78) suggests that the track would have been …

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Watern Oke

Watern Oke

‘Westward we have that beautiful ravine called Tavy Cleave, through which the river beneath leaves its mountain home, overhung on the one hand by a succession of rocky pinnacles, of which Great Tor – locally Gert Tor – is the boldest, and on the other by the steep bluff of …

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