I was on the way back from Lydford Gorge to our shop (Sexton’s Cottage) in Widecombe yesterday and decided to have my lunch at Brentor. You can see Brentor from all over Dartmoor and it is one of the features I always point out to our 10 Tors students – a good place to get a bearing on! However I had never before climbed up to the church.
There is a debate about the derivation of the word Brentor – maybe it is from the Anglo-Saxon ‘brene’ meaning burn – perhaps referring to the use of beacons on the hill top, alternatively it may derive from the Celtic word ‘bryn’ meaning hill or mound.
There are also a number of legends (it is Dartmoor after all!) about how/ why the church was built and a number of course involve the Devil himself. You can read about those stories here.