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Hanging Stone

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Hidden : 04/09/2008
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Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

A small pill pot with log book and pencil. Can take small TB's and coins. £1 for FTF. There is a pathway from Blackaton Cross around the China Clay works.

The stone is probably a bronze age menhir, but Dartmoor folklore tells a different tale. A peat cutter who wanted to make some money did a deal with a butcher to provide him with some mutton. The peat cutter went onto the moor at night to steal a sheep. Once caught he killed the sheep and tied it's back legs together then carried it on his back with a leg over each shoulder and the rope across his chest.

As he made his way back he heard a horse, then a voice telling him to "stay where ee be", the sheep stealer ran away trying to dodge the horse and rider. As he was making his escape a huge leaning rock appeared directly in his path and as he tried to dodge around it the sheep got caught. The man's momentum combined with the sheep being firmly wedged on the rock jerked the rope up under his chin. There was a loud crack as the sheep stealer's neck snapped back and then he slowly slid down the rock. When the rider reached the large leaning rock the sheep stealer was dead.

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