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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sounds like it was pixie mist then. Or possibly the hairy hands.... Sorry, I grew up on Dartmoor legends Wink


Darn, I just did some research on Dartmoor. It scared the pants off of me!
Spooky place indeed. They have more legends about Beasts and Ghouls then one would ever think.

As silly as some may sound, there is always a bit of truth in legend. Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Research Jay's grave. Young lady buried outside Widecombe ( about 4 miles from Haytor). Fresh flowers are on her grave everyday, no one knows who puts them there. Place has been staked out by the military, tv crews etc etc no one has seen a thing !!
Just between Haytor and Jays grave is The bowermans nose who with his hounds were turned to stone by the witch of Dartmoor for hunting her stock. The 3 hounds can quite clearly be seen as Houndtor and Bowerman can be seen about 1 mile away. Now as for the hairy hands!!!
Perhaps something else got the Enstrom !
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went onto the Dartmoor Legends site yesterday and read about the 'piskies' on Dartmoor. Especially the Piskie-Led that can be mischievious, or sometimes worse, and bring down the mist and the tale about turning your coat inside out and apparently that will get rid of the mist Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's really beautiful country but the weather can change very quickly.

Here's a photo looking from Hound Tor across to Hay Tor (the two rock outcrops on the far hillside). In the middle, towards the left where the lighter green paths are is an abandoned medieval village.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Idea Excuse my ignorance but isn't that where the military train their helicopter pilots Question
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jen wrote:
It's really beautiful country


Yes, it is from pictures I have seen. One of these days, I might free myself from vacationing around the US and venture across the Great Pond again.
I spent many a year in European countries while in the military, but have not been back since 1968.

Maybe some year I can join the Helitorque gang at one of the get-to-gethers. That would be fun.

Anyway, thanks for perking my interest in the "Moors of Dartmoor".
Boooooooooo. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep MOD Helicopter pilots do training there and there are usually ongoing military exercises daily on the moors. Its also the place where the SAS do alot of survival training. Drive em up blindfolded, drop in the middle of the moor in the middle of the night with almost no kit, only what they could carry realistically carry in a pocket, no packs, tents, food or anything. Then they either have to navigate their way back to the RV, or survive the moor until daylight which will be easier to navigate in so they can get back.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe we could have a HeliTorque spooky get-together somewhere on Dartmoor next summer Wink Any good hotels around that area - with a suitable landing site? Maybe afterburner will come and visit us then Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:19 pm    Post subject: Enstrom Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good places round me, can put some of you up, but the park authorities love me with helicopters, as I have just won an ongoing 17 year battle about having some of my machines at home ! This is dispite being contracted to The Duchy of Cornwall ( who own most of the Park) for their firefighting contract with a bambi bucket
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...... I have just won an ongoing 17 year battle about having some of my machines at home !


Cheers! Cheers! A love of good victory!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See you sometime in 2009 then Hughes500 Wink Further info please of best hotels/hostelries etc in your area.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bovey Castle has its own helipad and about 8 miles as the heli goes from Haytor
If feeling very rich could tryGidleigh park, 2 Michlien stars ! Has helipad as well
Middle of the Moor and much more reasonable is The Prince Hall

Loads of various pubs etc etc. Speak to me nearer the time
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok thanks for that. Something to plan for Spring/Summer 2009.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure we've had a thread on this before, I'll do a bit of searching and see if I can find it.

Anyway, hotels in the area - try the Lord Haldon Hotel.

(And should this really be on a "crash" thread, in a flight safety forum?! - Whirls, can you split to another perhaps?)
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