Ponies in the mist on Dartmoor

I visited Dartmoor one misty day in January and photographed a large herd of semi-wild ponies. Here are a few shots.

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More views of Dartmoor on a January Day

After photographing the ponies (see previous blog post) I turned my attention to the area of stone tram track to the East of Hay Tor.

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“The Haytor Granite Tramway was a tramway built to convey granitefrom Haytor Down, DartmoorDevon to the Stover Canal. It was very unusual in that the track was formed of granite sections, shaped to guide the wheels of horse-drawn wagons.

It was built in 1820; the granite was in demand in the developing cities of England as masonry to construct public buildings and bridges. In 1850 the quarries employed about 100 men but by 1858 they had closed due to the availability of cheaper Cornish granite.[1]

The Haytor rocks and quarries are protected from development and disturbance as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.” .

 

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