History & Heritage in Dartmoor National Park

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William Crossing Memorial Stone/Monument, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

William Crossing Memorial Stone/Monument, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

At Ducks' Pool, in a remote section of Dartmoor's south plateau, are a letterbox and monument to the celebrated Dartmoor author William Crossing. A plaque reads: 'IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM CROSSING. AUTHOR OF MANY INSPIRING BOOKS ON DARTMOOR WHOSE GUIDE IS A SOURCE OF INVALUABLE INFORMA...

Foxtor Farm, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Foxtor Farm, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Foxtor Farm is a collection of ruined buildings and enclosures east of the infamous Foxtor Mires. Fox Tor, a series of rocky outcrops on the edge of Dartmoor's south plateau, is to the south. Today, the farm ruins are in a remote and quiet area of the National Park. On the route of ancient paths and...

Swincombe, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Swincombe, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Swincombe is a collection of ruined, disused buildings just west of Hexworthy. It's named on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map. The buildings are drawn on an area of private land on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map but not named. Swincombe consists of Higher/Upper and...

Crock of Gold, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Crock of Gold, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

The Crock of Gold is a cairn circle and cist by Conchies Road roughly a mile and a half east of Princetown. One of Dartmoor's most famous cists with, arguably, the most evocative name, the Crock of Gold burial site is very easily accessible on foot. A crock is an earthenware pot or jar. Pres...

Swincombe Bridge (Swincombe Fairy Bridge/Swincombe Ford Bridge), Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Swincombe Bridge (Swincombe Fairy Bridge/Swincombe Ford Bridge), Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

The River Swincombe rises on the edge of Dartmoor's south plateau. It flows into Foxtor Mires where it meets Strane River at Headweir Ford. From there, it picks up speed and tumbles through a very pretty valley to a reservoir. Downstream of the reservoir, by the ruined buildings at Swincombe, is the...

Conchies Road, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Conchies Road, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

During WW1, many Conscientious Objectors were housed in Dartmoor Prison. In this time, they built what is know locally as 'Conchies Road' which runs from the Tor Royal area just east of Princetown across the moors towards Swincombe Bridge. The road stops about half way between these points. Roughly...

Yarrow Mine/Devon Wheal Francis/Yarner Copper Mine, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Yarrow Mine/Devon Wheal Francis/Yarner Copper Mine, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

At Yarner Wood Reserve Base, painted on an angled wood panel, are depictions of the Yarner Wood area through history. One, particularly dark, is of a bleak landscape. In the foreground is a mine. It's hard to imagine when wandering around this wood today that there was once a thriving copp...

Hutholes Abandoned Medieval Settlement, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Hutholes Abandoned Medieval Settlement, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

An information board on site reads that 'this is the site of a deserted medieval settlement known today as Hutholes. Within an area of just under an acre lie the remains of six buildings dating to the 13th and 14th centuries A.D.' We've positioned Hutholes on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satell...

Dinna Clerks Longhouse, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Dinna Clerks Longhouse, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor is known for its longhouses. Higher Uppacott is a superb example of an extant longhouse. The ruined medieval village at Hound Tor is famous for its medieval longhouse foundations. We include the lesser known Dinna Clerks because it's a great excuse to encourage you to visit one of Sout...

Sherberton River Swincombe Stepping Stones, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

Sherberton River Swincombe Stepping Stones, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

This small set of stepping stones can be used to cross the River Swincombe by Sherberton. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. The remarkable Sherberton West Dart River Stepping Stones are nearby.

Sherberton West Dart River Stepping Stones, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

Sherberton West Dart River Stepping Stones, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

This is the most impressive set of stepping stones in Dartmoor National Park. The stepping stones sweep across the West Dart River where it meets the River Swincombe. The bend in the river before the stepping stones is a popular wild swimming spot for locals. We've positioned Sherberton West...

Plym Bridge, Plymouth, Dartmoor National Park

Plym Bridge, Plymouth, Dartmoor National Park

Plym Bridge spans the River Plym at the southern end of Plymbridge Woods just beyond the south western border of Dartmoor National Park. We've positioned Plym Bridge on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. There's a large car parking area next to the end of th...

Kit Steps, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Kit Steps, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

It's easy to cross the East Dart River after a long period of dry weather. After heavy rain, the river becomes a formidable barrier. If water levels are high, as a rule of thumb, it's best to head upriver to find a safe crossing place. In these conditions, Kit Steps is a potential candidate. A set o...

Leigh Bridge Stepping Stones/Milfordleigh Wood Stepping Stones, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Leigh Bridge Stepping Stones/Milfordleigh Wood Stepping Stones, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

There are various clapper bridges and sets of stepping stones you can use to cross the North Teign River, South Teign River and the upper section of the River Teign after its two tributaries converge. At Leigh, on the North Teign River just before it meets the South Teign River, is a set of stone...

Dogmarsh Bridge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Dogmarsh Bridge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Located by Mill End Hotel on the A382 road, Dogmarsh Bridge is at the western end of the Castle Drogo Estate. There's limited parking by the side of the road just north of the hotel and bridge. You can follow the Two Moors Way to Castle Drogo and the gorgeous Teign Gorge. In August, the land east...