Spirit of the Moor

A place to share thoughts, interviews and art about what Harford Moor means to local people

Piles Copse, by David Bagott

Remanent of ancient splendour Noble in isolation. Family heirloom, More valued than gold. Roots beyond the present When humankind  Was but a speck on the landscape. Before the land was, Sheep shattered; slag scattered, Stone slogged and groaning. In the shadows, cloud and leaf speckled, Moss clad stone, web strung, Where silence is never total.…More

A wild, wet place – by Clive Venables

Contributed by Clive Venables (resident, writer, artist, farmer) Dartmoor.  A wild wet place abundant with hints of history as evidence of huge but transient efforts to tame it. Seen as a refuge from marauding gangs, a source of fuel and mineral goodies, a detention centre for P.O.Ws. and society’s delinquent hopeless. Today the reluctant recipient of the…More

Conservation opportunity!

As part of Our Common Cause – our Upland Commons project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we would like to invite you to:  Come and help protect Dartmoor’s at risk Scheduled Monuments by clearing the bracken from the ancient enclosed hut circle settlements at Addicombe, Harford on Sunday 26 September (10.00-3.00pm).   Andy, Ella,…More

Harford Moor – by James Martin, artist

In the first of our ‘Spirit of the Moor’ series – reflections on what it means to live near, work on and be inspired by Dartmoor – local artist James Martin describes how the landscape of Harford Moor inspires his art. For as long as I can remember I have had the inclination and urge…More


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