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Dartmoor Fox Verse

Dartmoor Fox Verse

The Dartmoor Fox. Come jump in your saddles, boys, and never doubt the morn; The hounds are off to Skerraton, and Crocker winds his horn; No cover under heaven’s arch a better fox can show; So forwards to the forest boys, together let us go. Now, cease your idle gossip. …

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Dartmoor Verse 5

Dartmoor Verse 5

Samuel Wills was a one-time teacher at Leusdon School near Widecombe and was the author of a book of poetical works called, ‘Musings in Marsh and Stream‘ in which several Dartmoor related poems appeared. Wills has been noted for his descriptive poems especially ones relating to his native Devonia. DARTMOOR …

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Dartmoor Verse 4

Dartmoor Verse 4

Those who read the Dartmoor tomes will be well aware of John Lloyd Warden Page who was the author of two early topographical books about the moor; ‘An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities‘ and ‘The Rivers of Devon from Source to Sea‘. In addition to writing about his excursions …

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Dartmoor Verse 3

Dartmoor Verse 3

It is interesting to see the varied impressions Dartmoor has made on the folk of verse down through the centuries. Many are rapt in its beauty, wildness and landscape. However, here are some lines which clearly show that the poet Samuel Browning was none too enamoured with the moor. One …

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Dartmoor Verse 2

Dartmoor Verse 2

Here is a poem that speaks of a man’s desire to be up on the open moor where his soul is at home, it’s a sentiment dear to many a moor-lovers heart. If you can detect a hint of history running through the lines that is because Alexander Henry Abercromby …

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Dartmoor Verse 1

Dartmoor Verse 1

Ye mighty Tors, – ye regions of the cloud ! Dartmoor ! in chant of Bard too long unsung ! So lofty, so remote, so passing proud, Ye tower on high, the scenes of song among. None e’er hath looked upon you, as fit theme For verse – nor e’er …

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Dartmoor 365

Dartmoor 365

“The essence of enjoying Dartmoor is having time to stand and stare.” John Hayward – 1988. The Dartmoor National Park came into being in 1951, at that time it consisted of 365 square miles of land which was then increased in 1994 to 368 square miles of land. Coincidentally the …

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Dartmoor Gallery

Dartmoor Gallery

Everybody has to have a dream or else there is nothing pleasant to think of when times take you into Lowlandshire. Mine is to be able to afford a large house located in some remote spot on Dartmoor. The lounge will have a huge granite fireplace with an old wooden …

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Cranmere Pool Verse

Cranmere Pool Verse

For centuries Cranmere Pool has been a Mecca for Dartmoor walkers and for those who do not know what to expect it can be something of a disappointment. But if the actual features of the pool are ignored and one views the surrounding landscape one can experience the true sense …

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Cider Makers Poem

Cider Makers Poem

I have recently acquired a number of Eden Phillpotts works amongst which was a book of poetry called, ‘A Dish of Apples’ which basically consists of apple related poems. Amongst these is one called, ‘Cider Makers’ and for anyone who has seen cider being made in the traditional way or …

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