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Waggoner’s Warning

Waggoner's Warning

 It was a dark winter’s night when all on the moor was coated by a thick frost which sparkled in the still moonlight, the small inn was unusually quite with just a few local packmen and waggoners sat around the smoky peat fire. It was on such nights when the …

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Vixiana the Witch

Vixiana the Witch

Between Princetown and Tavistock stands a fabulous rock pile, some call it ‘The Sphinx of Dartmoor’ most call it Vixen tor. It has been a place of reverence since the ‘Men of Bronze’ built their ancient tombs in the shadow of its towering granite mass. But the tor hides a …

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Vickey Toad

Vickey Toad

It was harvest time on Dartmoor and an the old farmer woke early, today was going to be a long happy day for the reapers were due to finish the last field of corn. That meant that tonight was the ‘crying of the neck‘ celebration. This is where moorfolk would …

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Ungrateful Farmer

Ungrateful Farmer

A small farmer once lived in a secluded farmstead on the moors. He barely managed scrape a meagre living for himself and his family. He cultivated a few acres of corn but the yields were low and the fields full of weeds. He ran a few head of cattle on …

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UFO’s Face

UFO's Face

It is believed that the first feet to set foot upon Dartmoor were those of the Mesolithic hunter gatherers who were foraging for food. But whilst reading a Dartmoor web forum I noticed a posting from ‘Number 70’ which pointed out a very strange phenomenon which can only be seen …

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UFOs

UFOs

Imagine going for a family walk on Dartmoor, the skies are clear, the birds singing and all is well with the world. In the distance you spot what seems to be a herd of ponies which all appear to be lying down. You decide to investigate and on  approaching not …

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Two Maids

Two Maids

What happened was, about three hundred years ago there were two maids; Molly and Polly. Both worked on a large farm on the edge of Dartmoor and both shared a secret. Now the two girls were as different as furze and fuzz, Polly was happy and hard working and Molly …

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Tulip Garden

Tulip Garden

What happened was, long ago you had two choices, you were either kind and friendly to the piskies or you were mean and nasty towards them. They in turn would either return the kindness or give better than they got – either way the choice was yours. It so happened …

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Tucker Stone

Tucker Stone

“Squire Tucker purchased Natsworthy, And hath improved it very much” Jonas Coaker 1876 Now you see me, now you don’t – this very much sums up the history of the ‘Tucker Stone’ which today can be found peacefully residing in the church at Widecombe. The stone is a simple tablet …

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True Love

True Love

True Love Elizabeth had started working at Wheal Betsy when she was 10 years old and she knew she fell in love with him then. He had shown her how to sort and wash different ores and had been so kind to her. When his gentle brown eyes fixed on …

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