Bennett’s Cross and a rainbow

I was on the way back from Lydford Gorge to Parke and decided to drive across the moor. I passed The Warren House Inn and got to Bennett’s Cross when a rainbow appeared.

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The cross marks the boundary between the parishes of Chagford and North Bovey

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Another view with Birch Tor in the background

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Looking down the Challacombe Valley

It is not entirely clear who Bennett was – he might have been the owner of a nearby tin mine and the cross was erected to mark his land ownership boundary. Another theory is that Dartmoor crosses are in fact ancient Bronze Age Standing Stones (it is located on  a ley line) which were subsequently reworked into the shape of a cross by early Christians. Information courtesy of Legendary Dartmoor – see here.




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