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A DARTMOOR EXPEDITION

 

 

 

Dartmoor is known for its myths and legends. It is reputedly the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of "spectral hounds", and a large black dog, among others. During the Great Thunderstorm of 1638, the moorland village of Widecombe-in-the-moor was even said to have been visited by the Devil.

Many landmarks have ancient legends and ghost stories associated with them, such as the allegedly haunted Jay's Grave, the ancient burial site of Childe's Tomb, the rock pile called Bowerman's Nose, and the stone crosses that mark former mediaeval routes across the moor.

A few stories have emerged in recent decades, such as the "hairy hands", that are said to attack travellers on the B3212 near Two Bridges; and the "Beast of Dartmoor", a supposed big cat.

Dartmoor has inspired a number of artists and writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventure of Silver Blaze, R. D. Blackmore, Eden Phillpotts, Beatrice Chase, Agatha Christie, Rosamunde Pilcher, Laurie King, and the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fictional 1994 Quidditch World Cup final between Ireland and Bulgaria was hosted on the moor.

A DARTMOOR EXPEDITION

 

 

 

Dartmoor is known for its myths and legends. It is reputedly the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of "spectral hounds", and a large black dog, among others. During the Great Thunderstorm of 1638, the moorland village of Widecombe-in-the-moor was even said to have been visited by the Devil.

Many landmarks have ancient legends and ghost stories associated with them, such as the allegedly haunted Jay's Grave, the ancient burial site of Childe's Tomb, the rock pile called Bowerman's Nose, and the stone crosses that mark former mediaeval routes across the moor.

A few stories have emerged in recent decades, such as the "hairy hands", that are said to attack travellers on the B3212 near Two Bridges; and the "Beast of Dartmoor", a supposed big cat.

Dartmoor has inspired a number of artists and writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventure of Silver Blaze, R. D. Blackmore, Eden Phillpotts, Beatrice Chase, Agatha Christie, Rosamunde Pilcher, Laurie King, and the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fictional 1994 Quidditch World Cup final between Ireland and Bulgaria was hosted on the moor.

comments (19)

Dartmoor is an acquired taste. It is often a bleak environment, but sometimes it can present a stunningly beautiful aspect.
Chris: Very much so, on many days of the year you wouldn't want to go within a hundred miles of the place
I like your collection of images... the top right looks like it could by the southern edge of Wyoming!
Chris: I will take your word about Wyoming Elizabeth, having never been there
Sounds like a scary place to around at night, lovely pictures is the prison still open Chris?
Chris: I wouldn't want to go there at night Scotia, and according to Wiki the prison is still open for business
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 May 2014, 06:56
Beautiful set of pictures. Sounds a place full of energy.
I like the left bottom one, the rocks and the view....
Chris: Oh it's full of energy alright Astrid, not all of it positive
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 May 2014, 07:07
Oh, a fine collage - I have been twice in the Dartmoor at different weathers with sun, rain, mist ...- one of my most impressive experiences in England - the gorse, the heather, the sheep, the horses, the tors, the clapper bridge, Princetown ... this all belongs to the unique, eerie, uncanny, sinister atmosphere in this area I did feel - if I were a better walker, I would like to do a longer walk there, but never unguided, for I heard that some walkers did already vanish there for ever attacked by ...-huhu!
Chris: I have never wanted to walk on the moor Philine. The point of my going to Dartmoor was to visit St Raphael's church, illustrated bottom right
ohÂ…the Hound keeps inspiring me!
Chris: It was a good story JC
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 May 2014, 07:47
I once posted a picture of the Dartmoor added by this poem:

DARTMOOR

Dartmoor! thou wert to me, in childhood's hour,
A wild and wondrous region. Day by day
Arose upon my youthful eye they belt
Of hills mysterious, shadowy, clasping all
The green and cheerful landscape sweetly spread
Around my home; and with a stern delight
I gazed upon thee. How often on the speech
Of the half-savage peasant have I hung,
To hear of rock-crowned heights on which the cloud
For ever rests; and wilds stupendous swept
By mightiest storms; of glen, and gorge, and cliff,
Terrific, beetling o'er the stone-strewed vale;
And giant masses, by the midnight flash
Struck from the mountain's hissing brow, and hurled
Into the foaming torrent; and of forms
That rose amid the desert, rudely shaped
By Superstition's hands when time was young;
And of the dead, the warrior dead, who sleep
Beneath the hollowed cairn! My native fields,
Though peerless, ceased to please. The flowery vale,
The breezy hill, the river and the wood,
Island, reef, headland, and the circling sea,
Associated by the sportful hand
Of Nature, in a thousand views diverse,
Or grand, or lovely, - to my roving eye
Displayed in vain their infinite of charms;
I thought on thy wild world, - to me a world, -
Mysterious Dartmoor, dimly seen, and prized
For being distant and untrod; and still
Where'er I wander'd, - still my wayward eye
Rested on thee!

(N.Th.Carrington)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 May 2014, 07:56
Oh, I would like to see this little church one day - I googled its website - very interesting!

Oh, I has a close look at the prison in Princetown and I heard some stories about the 'schwere Jungs' who are prisoners there - but some escaped and were strolling through the Dartmoor ...
Chris: I would not like to stroll through Dartmoor with the ever present threat of mist descending..
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 May 2014, 08:15
A fine collection of photos. If it wasn't for all the grockles I may visit more often. My parents first introduced me to the delights of a cream tea in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
Chris: The problem with Dartmoor is the shortage of roads, but not the absence of cream teas, which run wild over the heather in droves
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 May 2014, 08:20
The large Blackdog is still with us Chris - lying low in Oxfordshire!

I like the bottom left a lot - is this the Bowerman's Nose?
Chris: I regret to say I didn't make a note of where it was Mike, all I can say for sure was that the views on the day I visited were wonderful
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 May 2014, 09:00
The mist belongs to the special, mysterious atmosphere of the Dartmoor and I love it when it is covering all around with deepest grey and when then some time later the sun is coming out again - great moments! When I was there, no 'grockles', no cream teas (only in Postbridge ...)- absolute loneliness apart from our group, sorry! I recall also the rocks bottom left - it might be one of the tors.
Chris: Dartmoor is a place of atmosphere Philine, as you have experienced yourself
A nice collection of shots, Chris. It's a long time since I have been here,quite a place though.
Chris: A rugged place full of atmosphere Frank
Is this near where you live or did you have to travel far. There are some beautiful long views here.
Chris: Dartmoor is about a hundred miles from where I live Mary
Very nice set of images, Chris.

I wonder if the folks who call Dartmoor home have the same feelings about it as visitors to the area have or do they just consider the myths and legends to be a load of nonsense.
Chris: I expect the latter Bev but I do not know
Sadly my only knowledge of Dartmoor is a quick tour round some of it in a coach on a holiday, it can I believe be both beautiful and dangerous depending on prevailing conditions.
Chris: That is correct Brian, thank you
A spooky place all round!
Chris: A place full of character & atmosphere Tom
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2014, 01:00
your photographs make me want to visit smile
Chris: Well only do so on a sunny day CherryPie, if it's raining it isn't like this!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Jun 2014, 11:37
Looks like [another] brilliant part of The Olde Country, Chris.
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2014, 04:31
Sounds like a really amazing place to walk your camera

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