This walk: 2011-2-2.
Two Crosses, Dunstone manor boundary stone, the Blue Stone (and the Grey
Stone?), ponies, Church Way, cow, Blackaton Cross, Peltigera lichen, Harchwell
sign, stone gate hanger, Langworthy Farm sign, white heather, sheep creep,
below - Information about the route etc.
From the Legendary Dartmoor web site
"Two Crosses" page:
appears that a Mr R. Whale donated the stone which appears to have been
previously used as a gatepost. The stone is to be placed at the point where the
manors of Jordon, Blackslade, Dunstone and Widecombe town intersect. Always
known as 'Two Crosses in the Turf' this location was always marked by two
crosses cut into the turf, every year the village lengthsman would re-cut them
to ensure of their visibility. In May 2008 the Widecombe History Group announced
that the donated stone had been given to the Dartmoor National Park Authority to
have the necessary engraving done. In June it seems the National Park's
stonemason, Andy Cribbett was progressing well with the cutting of the stone and
work was expected to be completed very soon. In July the long awaited
announcement came that a ceremony was to be held on the 10th of July 2008 when
the stone would be placed in-situ and all members of the Widecombe History Group
were invited to attend."
The old Two Crosses stone (nearest
the camera) with the new one directly in line behind it on the roadside,
just by the bare earth.
The opposite side, showing nothing
A Dunstone manor boundary stone at
approx. 70745 72281 .....
A closer view of the inscribed "D",
there was nothing else to be seen on the other three sides.
The noted "Blue Stone" -
Two stones at approx. SX 707 775. The stone on the
right is blue in colour: it is "Beside
the Church Way at the corner of the Kingshead enclosures and is a large rounded
boulder known as the Blue Stone — more often erroneously called Blue Post - a
bond mark of Widecombe Town Manor. This is from Mike Brown’s “Guide to Dartmoor
” CD. The blue colour might result from the stone actually being a blue granite
- Blue Elvin. Granite can occur in a wide range of colours as shown by
page that shows polished samples. Our guide is pointing out the less
well-known Grey Stone.
The Blue Stone again.
Ponies with their rear ends into the
wind and blowing rain - there is rain on the camera lens.
Even more rain on the camera lens,
looking into the entrance to the Church Way at SX 70415 77691.
the old church path that ran from the Pizwell and Runnage tenements to Widecombe
church. This old track was regularly used by the inhabitants of the ancient
tenement farms to get to church. Everything would come this way, churchgoers,
coffins and funeral processions because Widecombe church was the nearest church.
The first mention of the church way is in the Bailiff's account of the Forest
manor in 1491. Prior to 1260 the holders of the tenements had to use Lydford
church and would have to walk the
Lych Way which was
a trans moor route of some 12 miles. It was in 1260 that Bishop
Branscombe gave leave for the tenement holders to use Widecombe
Pinch web page.
A cow seen through a gate .....
Another view of the Church Way,
running between two hadges.
A foliose lichen, meaning a leafy lichen that can be lifted away from its
substrate and often attached by root-like hairs ("rhizines"). Identified as a Peltigera species,
horizontalis or P.
latucifolia (the "lettuce
lichen"). As there seems to be no real internet resource about P.
latucifolia, my guess is that it
is P. horizontalis although
without putting it under a microscope, there are other close relatives: P.
didactyla, P. hymenina (hymenina fruiting
bodies are more orange?), P.
membranacea, P. polydactylla & P. praetextata, all
with with red fruiting bodies, and other Peltigera species
without them. P.
latucifolia and P.
hymenina are synonyms for the
same plant. The coloured fruiting areas (reddish-brown) are thin and are white
underneath, occurring as upturned growths from the edge of the body of the
Another view .....
As previous photograph.
As previous photograph - the white
rhizines ("rootlets") are clearly seen.
As previous photograph - to show the
form of the thallus (i.e. the body of this "lower" plant).
Now here's a thing - a notched long
stone - there must be a story to it? The right end appears to be shaped, but
Hatchwell Farm sign.
Moss covering (probably) hazel
branches in the hedge .....
As previous photo.
"And this is a gate-hanger stone". A
stone into which the upright ends of a gate would be fitted, one stone above and
Langworthy Farm sign.
White heather - not sure if this is a
white variety of Calluna
vulgaris, Common Heather or Ling, or possibly
Arctic bell heather.
A sheep creep in a wall, to allow
sheep to pass through into the next field when it is uncovered.
An old lane leading to the ruins of
an old building - see the low walls to the right, seen just before Rowden Cross
on the map.
= GPS satellite track of the walk.
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This walk was accessed by turning west about 400 m
south-west of the centre of Widecombe-n-the-Moor and climbing the hill to the
car park (marked by the yellow cross) on the top of Dunstone Down.
Distance - 5.31 km / 3.30 miles
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