The rewilding of Dartmoor  – Who really understands what is meant by ‘rewilding’? – Part 1
Aug27

The rewilding of Dartmoor – Who really understands what is meant by ‘rewilding’? – Part 1

Although ‘wild’ in a remote sense, the spread of Molinia over much of the northern High Moor through lack of grazing does not encourage biodiversity, and conceals much of the archaeological heritage that is an important feature of the national park. By Mike Rego In these times of climate change, ‘rewilding’ of the landscape has become a popular topic of discussion, and whilst in various instances there are clearly good reasons for...

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Time for celebration – it’s 150 years since the railway arrived in Okehampton
Aug20

Time for celebration – it’s 150 years since the railway arrived in Okehampton

The very first train arrives in Okehampton 3rd october 1871 Since our inception in 2016 The Moorlander has been a key supporter of those volunteer groups who have tirelessly campaigned for the return of the railway to Okehampton during the last decade and more. Amidst all the furore following the momentous announcement in March that, after an absence of almost 50 years, passenger services to Exeter are to recommence by the end of the...

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South Devon Railway celebrates ‘Heritage’ for the first week of Love Your Railway
Aug06

South Devon Railway celebrates ‘Heritage’ for the first week of Love Your Railway

© Bournemouth News & Picture Agency (BNPS) ‘Love Your Railway’ aims to shine a spotlight on not only the important work that heritage railways do with regards to historic conservation, education and research, but also highlight how the nation’s heritage railways have all been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of reduced capacities and income, which have threatened their very existence. The SDR is collaborating with...

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“Damn it all, they are mostly pure fantasy”   – Remembering the life of Roald Dahl
Jun04

“Damn it all, they are mostly pure fantasy” – Remembering the life of Roald Dahl

Over 30 years since his death, the words of Roald Dahl continue to echo through time as an important handwritten letter by Roald Dahl – considered one of the world’s best storytellers – has been discovered by an auction house in Staffordshire. The letter, dated 2nd August, 1989, gives a rare insight into the author’s opinion of his own work and determination to get children reading. The owner and recipient of the letter, Christine...

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Histories and Mysteries: A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain
Jun01

Histories and Mysteries: A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain

Daniel Defoe is best known, of course, as the author of Robinson Crusoe (1719) but he was also famous as a political pamphleteer and is often called the father of modern journalism. He was born as Daniel Foe in 1660, the son of a butcher in Stoke Newington in London, but used the grander-sounding ‘Defoe’ as his pen name. A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels first published in three volumes...

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Threat to reinstatement of disused trackbed as property goes on market
May31

Threat to reinstatement of disused trackbed as property goes on market

The trackbed at Dunsland Cross – Image courtesy Bond Oxborough Phillips While ConnectBude await the outcome of their Restore Your Railway application for feasibility funding to reinstate the missing Bude to Okehampton rail link via Holsworthy and Halwill Junction, a property which sits on part of the disused trackbed has recently come on the market. The Granary & Workshop which is sited on the former Dunsland Cross station...

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