Category Archives: Dartmoor history

Following the Dartmoor legend of Jan Coo

Ten days ago a friend and I set out to follow in the footsteps of Jan Coo, the Dartmoor farmhand who was lured away by the pixies. It was to try out the route for a walk I’m doing, later … Continue reading

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Buckland Beacon in the spring sunshine

There are 365 square miles of Dartmoor and this morning Rocky and I went for a rare walk to Buckland Beacon and walked straight into an old neighbour of ours walking his dogs. Rocky and I both enjoyed the company. … Continue reading

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An accidental walk to Grimspound

On Saturday lunchtime I dropped my son at his weekend job and then headed up to Southcombe hill, above Widecombe in the Moor, to take Rocky for a walk. I only intended to explore the ridge going northwards towards Hamel … Continue reading

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A beautiful little clapper bridge

Despite having missed the best of the weather today, by delaying going out so that I could tackle a teenager’s bedroom, we had a great walk up the East Dart river to my favourite clapper bridge. We haven’t been up … Continue reading

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Diving in the Dart at -3C

Life as an old Dartmoor granite bridge can be tough in these days of big trucks and SatNav. New Bridge had great chunks of the parapet knocked off on Christmas Eve and has been looking in a very sorry state … Continue reading

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A perfect Dartmoor winter’s day

After a week of rain and wind, as well as aching and shivering with a cold, it was impossible to stay indoors today. The sun shone and after an early frost the moor looked so inviting. I┬áheaded up to Corndon … Continue reading

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Goodness, it’s cold out there!

A brisk walk up Sharp Tor via the old farmstead and round houses today. Gorgeous day – cold, frost still lying in the shade, with a blue sky and plenty of winter sunshine. The wind was keen and cold, but … Continue reading

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