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Myths and Legends Tour

"I'm interested in all the myths and legends of Dartmoor and would like to hear more about them and see the areas they take place in."

Name: Myths and Legends Tour

Distance: 11 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Features: Widecombe village and church, Bowerman's Nose, Jay''s Grave, Hound Tor, great views of Haytor


The Myths and Legends tour starts close to Ashburton and goes through an area rich in folklore.  We cycle through the village of Widecombe where the devil claimed Jan Reynolds, a notorious gambler who had sold his soul a year earlier.  We visit Jay's Grave and hear about the heartbroken ghost that haunts this quiet lane.  We climb up to Bowerman's Nose to hear about the witches who turned this hunter into a pillar of stone, and then cycle on to Hound Tor with its fearsome black dog legends which inspired Conan Doyle to write his masterpiece.  Finally, we cycle past Blackslade Mire along the same route as the headless horseman...