Published October 17 2013
Land of Granite is an inspirational film about Dartmoor National Park in Devon.
The film features sweeping landscapes and the work of Dartmoor National Park
Authority in conserving this special place. Sarah Oxton wrote the music to the film,
which is performed by students from South Dartmoor Community College.
Published July 15 2014
This documentary investigates Jay's Grave and Graham Wyley goes to Taw Cottage on Dartmoor. This is one of very few Documentaries ever made on the subject of Dartmoor Ghosts. This is the full documentary, with dramatic recollection and accounts of ghost sightings. I have the full documentary series, so subscribe for more full documentaries on the subject of ghosts, ghouls, phantoms, apparitions, exorcisms, haunted houses and haunted places.
You may think of this tubby being truthful or not, as you like, but on Dartmoor are areas where the veil between our world and the other world is thin.
I've been told by a woman, who had a chance to share this to her great relief, with me, when she gave me a ride to Bellever YHA in 2008. It's a story
in itself, for the conditions in meeting this woman were special. That day, I went for walk through the field and discovered huge patches of driftsand, overgrown with very lightgreen plants that covered the place like a carpet. I went with one foot down in it, up to my ankle and decided to go by the road.
I always walk without maps and choose my direction by the sun and characteristic shapes in the landscape.
In Dartmoor that's a bit tricky, as I found out. Anyway, once on a road, I had no idea how to go and find my way. A car approached and stopped next to me, with a couple asking me if I needed help. I told them of my walk in the field and showed them my muddy shoe and asked them if they could tell me the direction of Postbridge Bellever. The woman, who was behind the steering wheel, said "Let me bring you, I'm happy to do that" and she told her husband to go home, which was just a yard away. He was in protest for being told and she really was fierce at him, sending him away as if he was her dog. I was used to eccentric behavior on Dartmoor a bit and thought not much of it and stepped in the car next to the woman.
As soon as we drove off, she began to tell me about an experience she had had one day that summer. She was walking on her own, on a small path on the moor and noticed a young woman coming her way, in a blue summer dress. As soon as she wondered who would step aside to allow passage, the woman walked right through her and she felt a chill when that happened. Later that night she told her husband about this. Weeks later, he told her one
evening of an event that was similar to hers a bit. He had seen a group of monks in long brown tunics walking by him, when he walked on the moor on his own one evening. These men walked by without showing any sign of noticing him and he had a strong feeling that they were from another time, other worldly. He had more difficulty with understanding and be at rest with this experience, being very rational and unknown to these phenomena.
His wife knew of these events happening on Dartmoor, but was quite surprised to experience such a thing herself, that summer.
Later that year, she heard the doorbell ringing and a lady was standing in the doorway, saying "I've got to tell you something about an experience
with a woman, that you met one day on the moor" and the woman was perplexed and curious about how this visitor knew of it. Then, she was told
what the story of this woman in the blue dress was and why she wandered around in that area. This couple lived in a home in an area with views far
into the distance. The place was pretty much unspoiled by modern civilisation. The visitor told this woman of a strong drive she felt one day, after
being in close encounters with a spirit guide she uses to consult as a spiritual counseler. This spirit knew obviously what the connection was between
those 2 women who merged for a moment, when one of them "walked through" the other. The story reached its end exactly on the street at the
Bellever YHA and the driver looked at me and said "You know, I felt I had to tell you this, for I somehow knew that you are familiar with this sort of things. I've never shared this with anyone and I am so relieved!" And that's how I learnt about otherworldly appearances on Dartmoor.
There's a "once upon a time" long ago history connected to certain parts of Dartmoor as I feel it, for the Tors, with their weathered rocks and boulders, are just the tops of ancient and eroded mountains, covered by eons of plantgrowth and the lower planes show remains of settlements, where humans must have lived from sources that were present, being it plant life or animal life. The river Dart provides water for many living beings. There are a lot of ponies roaming Dartmoor and also cows and sheep are present without being fenced in. Dartmoor is a huge and high part of Devon, compared to the surrounding landscape of other counties. Once I am settled, there's much more happy exploration for me to do in Dartmoor as well as in Exmoor.
Bellever Tor Dartmoor 2008
Little pony in high spirits on Dartmoor 2013