Exploring the Folklore of Dartmoor

September 15, 2020 6:39 am


You only have to see Dartmoor to see why for centuries it has been inspiring local folklore. These wild and mysterious moors are the setting for many ancient legends and tales spanning back centuries in some cases.

The craggy tors and the thick fog that rolls out over the moors makes it the perfect setting for stories of mystery – find a walking map from the map shop and set off to explore the mysterious moors yourself, here are just a few of the things that you might come across…


Crazywell Pool – Legend has it that this pool is bottomless, and that whoever stares into its depths on Midsummers Eve will see the face of the next person in the parish who will die.

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Kitty Jay’s Grave – Kitty Jay was a farm worker who lived on Dartmoor in the 19th Century. It is said that her lover disowned her after she fell pregnant and Kitty committed suicide. She was buried at a crossroads, and even to this day, every morning fresh flowers are left on the grave, thought to be left by the pixies.


Hunters Tor – There have been sightings of Roman Soldiers here, during a full moon, it is the site of an old Roman Fort.

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Hairy Hands Bridge – This is one of the UKs most spine chilling and famous ghostly tales – many people driving along this road have reported a pair of hairy hands appearing on the steering wheel and forcing the vehicle off the road. It has been avoided by locals for many years.