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HER Number:MDV6701
Name:The Mariners Way (Dartmoor Section) - unfinished record

Summary

A routeway is thought to have existed on the eastern side of the Moor used by sailors travelling between the ports of Bideford and Dartmouth; it has been given the name `Mariners Way' this tradition is supported by a number of entries in the Gidleigh church records between 1730 and 1774 recording the giving of alms to sailors.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 690 845
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 SE 64
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/114
  • Pastscape: 443865

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRACKWAY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 65-66, track 44 (Monograph). SDV320981.

South Zeal to Widecombe; Part of an Ancient Way from Bideford to Dartmouth, with Notice of the Plymouth and Tavistock Track.
Further details given.


Groves, R., 1970, Roads and Tracks, 193-4 (Article in Monograph). SDV175341.

The Mariners Way. There is a strong tradition on the eastern side of the Moor that there once existed a routeway used by sailors travelling between the ports of Bideford and Dartmouth; it has been given the name `Mariners Way' this tradition is supported by a number of entries in the Gidleigh church records between 1730 and 1774 recording the giving of alms to sailors.
Crossing describes the route and further details came to light in 1958 when rights of way were subject to an inquiry. It is claimed that the old route passed down the eastern flank of Dartmoor, very close to a direct line between the two ports; deviating only to avoid the northern part of the moor and Hameldon. Not a trackway existing in its own right, rather a route that used roads and lanes where possible and elsewhere picked out a way across the fields. Said to have come south from Bideford by way of the Torridge valley and Great Torrington, through South Zeal, and then by way of West Wyke and Clannaborough to Throwleigh. From there perhaps Deave Lane to Forder was the route, through Gidleigh and Glassy Steps below Gidleigh Tor, and thence by Frenchbeer, Yardworthy, Shapley, Hurston and Jurston. South-eastwards from there the line is indicated on the more recent Ordnance Survey maps by a right of way as far as Natsworthy. Beyond that the course is uncertain, although the best way would be through Widecombe; a route down the Dart Valley through Auswell Woods has been suggested. Dartmouth is then reached past Ashburton and through Totnes.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photographs.


Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

Visited 13/6/1990. An alleged route linking Bideford with Dartmouth, principally used by sailors. This route exists as a public right of way through Great Frenchbeer, Yardworthy and Higher Shapley farms. (The only part investigated).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV175341Article in Monograph: Groves, R.. 1970. Roads and Tracks. Dartmoor: a New Study. Hardback Volume. 193-4.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 65-66, track 44.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. Probert.

Associated Monuments

MDV6691Related to: Holed stone north-east of Lower Hurston (Monument)
MDV6690Related to: Holed stone north-west of Hurston (Monument)
MDV6692Related to: Holed stone south of Lingcombe (Monument)
MDV6689Related to: Holed stone west-north-west of Hurston (Monument)
MDV107154Related to: Lingcombe Farm, Chagford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 21 2015 7:58PM