In the 11th century a man called Bowerman lived near Hound Tor. He was a great hunter and archer (bowman) and one day he charged with his hounds into a coven of witches who were making frightful spells. They were none to pleased, so the next time they saw him they lured him into a bog and turned him into stone!
The ruins of Buckfastleigh's former parish church sit high on the hill above the town. If you visit be careful, do not walk around the building in an anti-clockwise direction as the Devil himself will be seen peeking out of the porch!
Also don't run around the tomb of Squire Cabel seven times and put your arm through the railings. If you do the Devil will bite at your fingers!!!
For more on the legend of Squire Cabel see: Dartmoor Legends Part 3.
Near to Beetor Cross a hooded figure believed to be a highwayman stands next to a sign post. Passers by may be lucky enough to see a cloaked figure watching you with empty eye sockets that glow red!
People who are lost on the moor beware! The Devil and his pack of hounds will chase you to Dewerstone Rock and drive you over the edge!
On a frosty night when the moon is full you can hear the distant sound of baying hounds and human screams!
This stone circle is said to be the home of a giant who preys on sheep from the moor. On dark nights you can sometimes see the flickering light of his fire as he devours his meal!
This long abandoned tin mine is the place that locals believe is actually rich in gold! Brave souls who have attempted the dangerous descent have gotten a nasty shock. A hand would appear from the wall of the shaft cutting the rope they cling to, thus plunging them into the darkness, never to return!
Over the years there have been many witnesses to this supernatural event close to the abandoned mine at Whiteworks. At dusk, when there is rain in the air, and the mist descends, a procession of chanting monks can be seen through the haze on their way home across the moor!
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