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ISBN: 9780857042811
AUTHOR: Roland Ebdon
The Perambulation: Dartmoor's Greatest Long Distance Walk
The Perambulation: Dartmoor's Greatest Long Distance Walk
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The forty-three mile boundary of the ‘Ancient Forest of Dartmoor’, at the heart of the National Park, is an established long distance walk. Twelve knights first undertook the walk in 1240 on the orders of King Henry III. Their aim was to define the boundary so that fees for those using the royal land could be exacted.

This sumptuously illustrated book provides the reader with the comprehensive story of how Dartmoor’s Greatest Long Distance Walk came into being. It also gives details of sixteen excursions that modern-day walkers may undertake to retrace the route of the twelve medieval knights who first undertook this historic ‘perambulation’.

Their work has been re-interpreted many times since 1240 but for the first time, in this book, using modern navigational tools and after extensive research in archives and in the field, the author details a contemporary interpretation of the boundary.

This book offers a summary of previous studies, a guide to the locations of the historical artifacts examined, and includes suggestions for walks on the moor. It will hopefully act as a spur for others to retrace this part of our Royal history. Here are maps covering sixteen walks, some short, some long, with a description of each in order that the present-day walker might retrace part of our Royal heritage while exploring historic Dartmoor for themselves.

Roland Ebdon grew up in Exeter, Devon and has been walking on Dartmoor on-and-off for over fifty years. He was introduced to the moor by an uncle who grew up at Meldon where his father had been a quarryman. Thirty-four years of service in the army then took him away from Devon and around the world. in 1983 and 1984, he considered himself lucky to command the royal Signallers providing communications for the checkpoints for the Ten Tors events. although based at Okehampton Camp, he spent many happy hours, day and night, trekking from one site to another before and during these events. After retiring from the army, he joined Kodak just as digital photography was taking off. Following a hip replacement and needing to get fit again, he started geocaching, a hobby that soon brought him back to the moor. He placed some of the earliest caches in the remotest of places to encourage others into the deepest parts of the moor. In 2007 he read about the Forest of Dartmoor and its first perambulation. Since then, it has occupied his thoughts and much of his time. Now he aims to introduce others, including his grandchildren, to this piece of history and to the moor.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 281 1, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published April 2016.

Discover Prehistoric DartmoorDiscover Prehistoric Dartmoor - £19.99
Over 600 superb illustrations supporting William Lethbridge's text make this book an essential companion for anyone with an interest in Dartmoor. It also provides a vital visual record of hundreds of prehistoric sites and artefacts, many little known and difficult to discover, that future generations will have in their care.
A Boot Up Dartmoor's Sites of Magic & MysteryA Boot Up Dartmoor's Sites of Magic & Mystery - £4.99
This book of ten walks of varying length takes the reader along pathways to some of Dartmoor’s most intriguing places. With his intimate knowledge of the moor, John Earle has combined exhilarating walks and superb views with numerous sites associated with ghosts, apparitions, evil spirits, phantoms and fairies.
Spirit of Dartmoor PoniesSpirit of Dartmoor Ponies - £4.99
With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images, Spirit of Dartmoor Ponies by the Dartmoor Pony Society captures the essence of these beautiful creatures, the living heart of the Dartmoor landscape.
Panoramic DartmoorPanoramic Dartmoor - £19.99
A landscape on a large scale demands a book of similar proportions and here, spread across double pages of lavish proportions, are some of the most glorious images that nature can provide. From renowned Devon photographer Adrian Oakes.
Dartmoor Address BookDartmoor Address Book - £12.99
Like many of us, the photographers whose work appears in this address book, have fallen for the beauty and variety of scenery to be found within the Dartmoor National Park. Whether bought for your own use, or received as a gift, this address book with its superb illustrations will provide years of pleasure.
A Boot Up Dartmoor RiversA Boot Up Dartmoor Rivers - £4.99
This book of 10 walks of varying length takes the reader along Dartmoor’s beautiful river valleys, leading them alongside their tumbling waters, often providing tranquil settings of breathtaking beauty.
BonehillBonehill - £19.99
Prof E H T Whitten tells the story of the evolution of one small hamlet, Bonehill, that lies in the Parish of Widecombe within the encircling Moor and within sight of Widecombe’s famous church, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Moor’. The history and development of Bonehill is surprisingly complex, but much of what the author has uncovered in his research applies also to many of Dartmoor’s remote settlements.
The Spirit of DartmoorThe Spirit of Dartmoor - £4.99
The essence of Dartmoor is captured through the superb photographs of Peter White. From familiar scenes of Dartmoor ponies on the open moor to delightful out-of-the- way places that only a seasoned explorer of the moor would know, this little book will delight all who see it.
Perfect DartmoorPerfect Dartmoor - £14.99
Dartmoor is not huge but is easily large enough to get lost in.Those who know the moor well will delight in the wonderful photographs this book contains, appreciating the endless patience of the photographer who has waited for that precise shot that encapsulates a particular fall of sunlight, the shadow across a hillside, and the bright flash of water tumbling in a stream. For those yet to discover the delights of Dartmoor, this book will provide inspiration to explore.
Web Price: £19.99
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