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Brad Stones

Brad Stones

Way back in the days when roads were few on Dartmoor an old moorman from Hannaford was travelling home on his pony across Sherberton Common. The day was drawing to a close and a stiff breeze was blowing down from the north. As he approached the little track which winds …

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Bowerman’s Nose

Bowerman's 2

“On the very edge Of the vast moorland, startling every eye, A shape enormous rises! High it towers Above the hill’s bold brow, and seen from far, Assumes the human form; a granite god, – To whom in days long flown, the suppliant knee In trembling homage bowed. The hamlets …

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Bloody Pool

Bloody Pool

On the south eastern edge of Dartmoor is a rather unspectacular pool known as ‘The Bloody Pool’. It is rumoured that this was once the site of a furious battle between a marauding band of Viking warriors and the local army. Many a brave soul lost his life that day …

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Bloody Meadow

Bloody Meadow

  During the English Civil War, on the 8th February 1643 the Parliamentarian and Royalist armies were engaged in a bloody battle. The actual struggle took place near Chagford between the bridge over the river Teign and the Blackaton Brook at the bottom of Providence hill. The struggle was a …

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Blackingstone Ravens

Blackingstone Ravens

Many years ago, before the social services were invented, there lived a woman at a small place called Brinning. She lived in the small cot with her small baby, the father had left to work in the mines. On this particular day mother and baby were out in the garden …

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Black Hen

Black Hen

On the western edge of Dartmoor was a small remote meadow which had a huge fairy ring at its centre inside which grew the greenest, lushest grass ever seen. The old folks of the parish tell a tale that on some nights a jet black hen and her chicks could …

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Black Fox

Sometime in the 18th century a large estate on the edge of the moor was bought by a mysterious nobleman. Nobody knew where he came from, but the local ‘newsin’ had it that he had made his fortune from the slave trade. Just like the nobility of the time he …

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Big Foot

Big Foot

There is a growing amount of evidence that man has lived and stalked the moors for a good 10,000 years when at that time he would have been a lot sturdier, hairier and muscular than today. As time went by the human race slowly evolved into what we are now, …

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Bellever Idol

Bellever Idol

Before we get to the astounding news that has just been announced to the world of archaeology let me put a quote past you in order to get some sort of context of what can only be described as a startling discovery at Bellever Tor: ‘This tor (Bellever), owing to …

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Bellever Hobby Horse

Bellever Hobby Horse

  Now you may wonder what on earth a Dartmoor tor has to do with the hobbyhorse and you would have to go back to the prehistoric days when iron was just starting to be used to find out. In those dim and distant times the local tribe in Devon …

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