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PostPosted: 19-03-2009 18:04    Post subject: Fortean Devon Reply with quote

Going on residential training in Exeter.

Im going to put my spare time to good use.

anything in Devon?
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PostPosted: 19-03-2009 23:12    Post subject: Re: Fortean Devon Reply with quote

Kondoru wrote:
anything in Devon?

Beware of the scrumpy...

Watch out for snakes..
http://www2.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5301

and watch out for Grendel if you get near Crediton..
http://www2.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=275722#275722

And then there's Dartmoor, the Devil in Widdecombe, Hairy Hands, etc, etc



But if you find that the ploughed fields look remarkably red-coloured, see an optician! Wink
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PostPosted: 20-03-2009 10:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alien Big Cats?
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PostPosted: 20-03-2009 13:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything in Devon? The air positively reeks of ghosts... I used to buy those 'haunted devon' type pamphlets when I used to go on holiday there, they frightened the living daylights out of me as a child. But there is an enormous amount of history, folklore and legend out there. Lots of black dogs and ladies walled up in castles with ever-crying babies and that kind of thing.
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PostPosted: 20-03-2009 22:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a trip to Cornwall to Roche Rock - one of my favourite places to visit.
Have to try and get back soon.
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PostPosted: 24-03-2009 11:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the best end of the world!

I would suggest Berry Pomeroy...or sitting on Dartmoor at night with the car lights off...or, as has been mentioned, any tourist knick-knack shop will supply Haunted Devon books with plenty of ideas!
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PostPosted: 26-03-2009 19:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

And theres this

http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/nlo/

<wibble!>
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PostPosted: 09-04-2009 16:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude you have to go to Wistman's Wood near Two Bridges on Dartmoor - very eerie.
Berry Pomeroy Castle is well worth a visit too - I once saw something that pretended to be a ghost cat on one of the dungeon stairwells, although ghosts don't really fit in with my world view.
But the place certainly has it's fair share of vibes.
Then there's Union Street in Plymouth on Friday & Saturday nights.
There's plenty of weird & wonderful things going on there mostly involving sailors & skimpy clad chavettes.

Oh Hello BTW, I'm Blinko Glick.
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Hello and welcome, Blinko Glick.

I have relatives just outside Teignmouth, and a lane not far from them is reputed to be a black dog track - high hedges either side with a stunning view of the sea head on, but by night it's brown trousers material.

I also think Lydford Gorge feels somehow... oh god, I'll have to say enchanted (hate the word, but there's no other way of describing it.) Tangible nature, mischievous, busy but entirely benevolent.
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Ah, Teignmouth, a place I used to know well. (In fact, I have a note on my desk reminding me to unearth some B&W photos I took there about 50 years ago...)

And coincidentally it was the murder scene in a novel I recently read.

Not particularly Fortean, but I recommend the train ride from Exeter to Teignmouth (or even Totnes). Along the estuary, then the coast, etc... wonderful.
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PostPosted: 09-04-2009 19:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 wrote:
Ah, Teignmouth, a place I used to know well. (In fact, I have a note on my desk reminding me to unearth some B&W photos I took there about 50 years ago...)

Doubt it's changed much - but that's not a criticism. We go there a lot.
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Not particularly Fortean, but I recommend the train ride from Exeter to Teignmouth (or even Totnes). Along the estuary, then the coast, etc... wonderful.
..especially good late autumn or early spring, when you get through Dawlish Warren and past the Red Rock and basically the track goes along the beach. Great fun in high winds as waves lash the train (though they do tend to get wussy and close the track a bit more often these days apparently..)
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stuneville wrote:
Great fun in high winds as waves lash the train (though they do tend to get wussy and close the track a bit more often these days apparently..)

Despite the threat of sea level rise, they have put the idea of an alternative route on hold for the time being, so this old track will be in use for some yet.

Those interested in Brunel and his works should check this out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_railway#South_Devon_Railway

('Atmospheric' refers to air pressure, not the scenic ambience of the route! Wink )
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PostPosted: 09-04-2009 20:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

stuneville wrote:
...when you get through Dawlish Warren and past the Red Rock and basically the track goes along the beach. Great fun in high winds as waves lash the train....

Ah! Thankyou. You've just explained a pic I saw a couple of days ago (click the thumbnail):

http://pixdaus.com/small3/1227175080PHkMB9f.jpeg
Caption: "Waves batter a Virgin train as it passes along the coastal railway line at Dawlish in Devon, south w"
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PostPosted: 09-04-2009 20:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ffalstaf wrote:
Caption: "Waves batter a Virgin train as it passes along the coastal railway line at Dawlish in Devon..."

Unusual view - must have been taken from a helicopter!
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PostPosted: 09-04-2009 20:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic pic - one can't help but think that old Brunel could have chosen a less moist position for his track though!

Thanks for the welcome Stu, you may remember me in a former life as Quicksilver (before the forum got all red taped & uneccessary).

You use the word 'enchanted' well.
In fact, for me Devon itself holds a particular kind of 'feel' that no other county does.

Second largest county IIRC and blessed with such a huge variety of scenery & geography, I wouldn't move away. Ever. Assuming Angelina Jolie never tires of being Mrs Pitt.

I frgot to mention the eeriest place I've ever experienced on the Moors though:

Crazy Well pool, not far from Burrator Reservoir is an odd water filled hole on the moor. The water level varies very little during the year, in fact they used to drain water from it to assist in the granite mining, with no discernable drop in water level occuring.

There are tales saying that it's bottomless.
There's a legend that says if you camp overnight you'll see a monster rising from the pool. You will invariably die the next day or soon after.

But one things for sure - with nothing but this odd body of water and the sound of skylarks overhead, this place evokes a sense of strangeness rare to find these days.

Definately worth a visit.
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