Category Archives: Archaeology

Back on the Rails!


At the end of March, it was reported that Manga Rails on the River Teign had become damaged and two of the lower rails were now missing. The purpose of this granite and metal structure is primarily to keep animals … Continue reading

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All in a days work!


Working for Dartmoor National Park Authority means that you have access to a huge wealth of knowledge through staff who are Dartmoor experts, or experts in a particular field or more often than not experts in both! However, it is … Continue reading

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Templer Way – Silver Jubilee Celebrations


One of Devon’s oldest and most established walking routes, the Templer Way, celebrated its 25th anniversary with the unveiling of newly carved granite markers at the start and end of the route. The Templer Way is a 29km (18 mile) public … Continue reading

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Exmoor comes to Dartmoor!

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Following an inspection by a Devon County Council Bridge Engineer back in 2010, a well used bridge needed replacing across the West Okement River, downstream of Meldon Reservoir. The engineer classed the bridge as ‘lively’ due to the narrowness of the two railway tracks that had been used … Continue reading

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Digging Dartmoor – an update


Following the earlier blog about the excavation work at North Hall Manor in Widecombe, here is an update and a reminder that you can see the site for yourself during the FREE open day on Saturday 21st UPDATE: The excavation … Continue reading

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Digging Dartmoor – revealing more of the past


The archaeological excavation to find the medieval manor house of North Hall in the centre of Widecombe, starts today – Monday 16 July! After years of tireless research and hard work by Peter Rennels of the Widecombe History Group, archaeologists are hoping … Continue reading

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Whatever the weather…


The recent spell of ‘unsettled’ weather may have played havoc with crops in the fields and people’s veg patches but the grass and vegetation has taken advantage and gone into overdrive on Dartmoor. This is particularly around public rights of way and archaeological … Continue reading

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Supporting Community Events


People often think that being a Ranger for Dartmoor National Park means that we spend all of our time out on the Moor looking after footpaths or talking to dog-owners or farmers. However, a very important aspect of our role is … Continue reading

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Restoring Footpaths – volunteer help required


Dartmoor National Park Rangers Ella Briens and Rob Taylor have planned a number of work parties to restore sections of the footpath that runs through Longtimber wood, and out along the Erme valley, below Wilkies Moor, Ivybridge.   These pictures show … Continue reading

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Stepping back in time with the Time Traveller himself


  In the first of its fundraising activities, Higher Uppacott – Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Grade 1 listed, medieval longhouse – recently played host to an exclusive (only 20 places were available) literary event with Dr Ian Mortimer, author of … Continue reading

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