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HER Number:MDV122685
Name:Transhumance Route from Cockington to Dartmoor


Line of a possible droveway or transhumance route from Cockington up onto Dartmoor.


Grid Reference:SX 795 700
Map Sheet:SX77SE
Admin AreaTorbay
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshburton
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Civil ParishDenbury and Torbryan
Civil ParishIpplepen
Civil ParishKingskerswell
Civil ParishMarldon
Civil ParishTorbay
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Civil ParishWoodland
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCOCKINGTON
Ecclesiastical ParishDENBURY
Ecclesiastical ParishIPPLEPEN
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSKERSWELL
Ecclesiastical ParishMARLDON
Ecclesiastical ParishST.MARYCHURCH
Ecclesiastical ParishTORBRYAN
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DROVE ROAD (Unknown date)

Full description

Fox, H., 2012, Dartmoor's Alluring Uplands: Transhumance and Pastoral Management in the Middle Ages, 194-209 (Monograph). SDV351360.

Fox plots a possible droveway from Cockington up onto Dartmoor via Denbury and Waye. He shows two possible routes around Denbury hillfort, the northern route via Denbury Green, a possible stopover and watering point. He suggests that the final leg of the droveway crossed the East Webbern at the appropriately named Cockingford.
He comments on the directness of such droveways, which would have been used for driving cattle to summer pastures on the moor, although he does note some potential deviations, and also on the number of field names ending 'way' or' aways' which reference the droveway.
Note that Fox's map does not show the line of the droveway for the first few miles from Cockington. As he says of other possible droveways 'these early miles in the upward journey to Dartmoor are not easy to reconstruct'.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Modern lanes appear to follow the route of an ancient transhumance route.

Jones, S., 2018-2019, Alston Lane Droveway (Un-published). SDV362933.

Jones' research suggests that the route is not simply a droveway but a transhumance route running from Cockington in Torbay to Cockingford on Dartmoor. Such routeways were used for driving sheep and cattle from the lowland up to higher summer grazing. Jones draws attention to the general directness of the route and also to the fact that it survives complete.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351360Monograph: Fox, H.. 2012. Dartmoor's Alluring Uplands: Transhumance and Pastoral Management in the Middle Ages. Dartmoor's Alluring Uplands: Transhumance and Pastoral Management in the Middle Ages. Paperback Volume. 194-209.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112962 ]
SDV362933Un-published: Jones, S.. 2018-2019. Alston Lane Droveway. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7621 - Survey of the Ruddycleave Streamworks

Date Last Edited:Sep 5 2019 10:33AM