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The third film in this enchanting series takes us on a journey through Devon’s stunning western region.
Join writer and presenter Henry Buckton, who will help you experience the remote beauty of Dartmoor, an area brimming with archaeology, both ancient and industrial. In particular, we visit Grimspound, one of the best known prehistoric settlements on Dartmoor, where the remains of 24 stone roundhouses survive; the awesome hilltop church at Brentor, one of the smallest in the country and allegedly the one situated at the highest altitude; and the old engine house of a once-prosperous tin mine, Wheal Betsy.
Moving steadily north we pass through a more gentle landscape dominated by the remains of medieval castles, such as those at Okehampton, a town which dates back to Saxon times, and Lydford, once an important militarised base which was attacked by the Vikings in 997. We then arrive on the north coast at the idyllic fishing village of Clovelly, the subject of an in-depth feature, before ending up at Hartland Quay on the Atlantic seaboard, just a stone’s throw from Cornwall.
Our tour will take us to coast, countryside, towns and villages. You will learn about local industries, history and culture, as we visit interesting and attractive places such as Tavistock, the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, where we discover its remarkable story at the town’s museum; Great Torrington, the last bastion of Royalist resistance in the West Country during the Civil War, and now home to Dartington Crystal; Princetown, whose parish church was built by Napoleonic prisoners of war; the picturesque village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, strongly associated with the legend of Uncle Tom Cobley and all; the delightful market town of Chagford; Moretonhampstead, on the north-eastern edge of Dartmoor, which boasts a wonderful motor museum; the nearby Miniature Pony Centre, a slice of heaven on earth for animal lovers; Holsworthy, mentioned in the Domesday Book and entwined with the tradition of the ‘Pretty Maid’; and many other places of interest.
Enhanced by gorgeous modern film, rare archive images, historic maps and fascinating interviews with a rich variety of contributors, you will relish every moment of this special journey around West Devon.
Also available now:
Discovering Devon Volume 1