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DARTMOOR


CHAPTER I.

BOGS

The rivers that flow from Dartmoor — The bogs are their cradles — A tailor lost on the moor — A man in Aune Mire — Some of the worst — Cranmere Pool — How the bogs are formed — Adventure in Redmoor Bog — Bog plants — The buckbean — Sweet gale Furze — Yellow broom — Bee-keeping.


DARTMOOR proper consists of that upland region of granite, rising to nearly 2,000 feet above the sea, and actually shooting above that height at a few points, which is the nursery of many of the rivers of Devon.

The Exe, indeed, has its source in Exmoor, and it disdains to receive any affluents from Dartmoor; and the Torridge takes its rise hard by the sea at Wellcombe, within a rifleshot of the Bristol Channel, nevertheless it makes a graceful sweep—tenders a salute—to Dartmoor, and in return receives the liberal flow of the Okement. The Otter and the Axe, being in the far east of the county, rise in the range of hills that form the natural frontier between Devon and Somerset.