It was a crazy idea – why did I sign  up for the London Marathon?
May21

It was a crazy idea – why did I sign up for the London Marathon?

Why did I sign up for the London Marathon? It was a crazy idea I had in 2017 as my 50th birthday loomed. I wanted to take up the challenge again, having last run it 20 years before. I contacted Macmillan Cancer Support and said I’d like to run for them, promising to raise the minimum £2,500 sponsorship. So, I sent off my form and four months later actually jumped up and down when the charity actually offered me a place. Reality hit as...

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Teenagers master Ten Tors Challenge
May19

Teenagers master Ten Tors Challenge

Thousands of teenagers aged between 14 and 19 descended on Dartmoor last weekend to take on the famous Ten Tors Challenge. The challenge involves an unaided trek across the moor, with routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles available passing over some of the toughest terrain in the country for those who dare take it on. The vast majority of those taking part were from schools or youth groups from across the South West, being split into 400...

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Blazing Trails
May19

Blazing Trails

It looks like a major highway but in fact it is the B3357 across Dartmoor at Merrivale, midway between Tavistock and Princetown. Myles Pinkney, a twenty-year-old talented student, took this photograph one evening when, in fact there was very little traffic on the road but Myles used a very long exposure to make it look like a very busy road that crosses the River Walkham. The hamlet of Merrivale is dominated by the spoil from the...

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Hatherleigh market still thriving
May18

Hatherleigh market still thriving

Now that a major housing development has been approved, the traditional Hatherleigh livestock market is unlikely to return. But as the town bids farewell to an age-old tradition, the market held on Tuesdays is still thriving. The recently approved plans still offer a sheltered market space with many in the town divided over whether it is sufficient for a viable market. Clare Tyson, Mayor of Hatherleigh, told The Moorlander: “It’s very...

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Hatherleigh market: The end of an era
May18

Hatherleigh market: The end of an era

Councillors have approved plans for a major redevelopment of the old Hatherleigh Market site, with over one hundred new homes give the green light as part of the development. The plans which have seen some resistance from local residents were approved after a lengthy campaign to preserve the current market site. West Devon Borough Council voted unanimously to approve the site, which does include plans for a modern, but smaller, market...

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Graffiti on Dartmoor
May17

Graffiti on Dartmoor

Outrage has been expressed at the graffiti that has appears at a number of places on Dartmoor. A graffiti ‘tag’ has been sprayed on rocks at South Hessary Tor and green daubs have been painted on the granite at Eylesbarrow. Simon Lee, the ranger team manager at Dartmoor National Park Authority said: “We have had two bouts of graffiti in the last ten years. The weather does help fade the paint quicker but sometimes we have used...

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