History & Heritage in Dartmoor National Park

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Wittaburrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Wittaburrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

In his excellent 'The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor', Phil Newman notes that 'the term 'barrow' may be defined as a mound of earth or stone, usually covering one or more inhumations or cremations. On Dartmoor, where the majority of these monuments are constructed mostly from ston...

Cullever Steps, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Cullever Steps, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

The highest ground in southern England rises in Dartmoor National Park. It rains. As a consequence, many of South West England's most famous rivers have their headwaters on this high ground and then flow down to the coast. Clearly, these rivers need to be crossed. Whilst Dartmoor's striking...

Henry's Ford, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Henry's Ford, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

There are lots of fords on the East Okement River and River Taw on either side of the broad ridge on which Belstone Tors and Oke Tor sit. Located by East Okement Farm, Henry's Ford is the one you're least likely to cross when out exploring Dartmoor's north moor. We've positioned Henry's Ford on G...

Broad Barrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Broad Barrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Numerous cairns and barrows run along the spine of the vast Hamel Down. Broad Barrow sits on the highest ground 532 metres above sea level. The views up top are awesome. It's a particularly impressive place when the heather and gorse flower purple and yellow in early Autumn. A barrow is a mound o...

Single Barrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Single Barrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

The Dartmoor expert William Crossing writes 'this tumulus was opened in 1873 by the late Mr. C. Spence Bate, and was found to consist of earth with the exception of a low hedge of stones which encircled it, and a low cairn in the centre. About six feet from the latter a small heap of burnt human...

Lanehead, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

Lanehead, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

Lanehead is a car parking area on the western side of Dartmoor. Just up the road from Mary Tavy, Lanehead provides excellent access to some of the best tors and high moorland in this section of the National Park. It's also by the stunning Tavy Cleave. We include Lanehead on this site as a point of r...

Two Barrows, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Two Barrows, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

There's a display cabinet in Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre which contains a replica of the Hameldon Dagger or Hamel Down Dagger. The display reads: 'Hameldon dagger. In 1872 the original dagger was found with a burial of burnt human bones in a cairn or barrow at Hameldon. It cons...

Postbridge Clapper Bridge, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Postbridge Clapper Bridge, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Perhaps Dartmoor's most famous and most visited clapper bridge, the Postbridge Clapper Bridge spans the East Dart River in the heart of Dartmoor National Park close to Bellever Forest and Bellever Tor. The B3212 cuts across Dartmoor from Moretonhampstead to Princetown. At Postbridge, the road bri...

Grey Wethers and Blue Jug, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Grey Wethers and Blue Jug, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

'The stream on the eastern side of the hill forms the boundary between the common lands of Manaton and Widecombe, and this is drawn from its head to Hameldon Cross, the space between the two being marked by a couple of bondstones, the lower one being called Blue Jug, and the other the Grey Wethe...

Berry Pound, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Berry Pound, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

'On the Widecombe side of the little stream, which runs through a hollow, is the enclosure known as Berry Pound ... The area covered is very much smaller than that occupied by Grim's Pound, and the vallum is low and not of great width'.

Challacombe Medieval Strip Fields, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Challacombe Medieval Strip Fields, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Stand at English Heritage's Grimspound or Hookney Tor and look south west and you'll see weathered strips of farmland on the side of a steep hill. These are Challacombe Medieval Strip Fields. A local information board states that 'the narrow strip fields (lynchets) which you can see running...

Three Barrows, Harford, Dartmoor National Park

Three Barrows, Harford, Dartmoor National Park

In the south of Dartmoor National Park and just off the Two Moors Way. At 461m, it's the highest point in this section of the Park and offers superb panoramic views. The walk from the car park just east of Harford is straightforward.

White Tor Fort/Neolithic Enclosure, Peter Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

White Tor Fort/Neolithic Enclosure, Peter Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

If you're interested in the history and prehistory of Dartmoor National Park, buy a copy of Phil Newman's 'The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor'. In chapter 2, which covers the 'Mesolithic to Early Bronze Age', there's a section on tor enclosures. Newman writes: 'Two somewhat enigmatic sites that ma...

Stephen's Grave, Peter Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

Stephen's Grave, Peter Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

In his 'Guide to Dartmoor', William Crossing wrote: 'Retracing our steps northward to the peat track (T.16), we turn L., shortly afterwards reaching a mound close beside it. This is known as Stephens' Grave [sic], and marks the site where a suicide was buried with the barbarous rites once customa...

King's Oven, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

King's Oven, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

One of Dartmoor's many curious place names, the Dartmoor expert William Crossing states that' we shall hardly be wrong in supposing that [the name King's Oven] was derived not from being a furnace connected with tinworks belonging to Henry III., but to a much earlier king, for there cannot be a doub...