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Devon treacle mines

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Hidden : 05/10/2009
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Short flatish walk of about 20 minutes. Good place for viewing wild flowers. Quiet track not suitable for buggies. Other paths to explore when cache is found.

Small sandwich box with various items to swap and note pad.

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Devon Treacle Mines

The Treacle Mines were more than a myth. Treacle was the name which locals used, to refer to the black shiny specular Haematite which oozed from the rock underground in the Hennock/Mortenhampstead area of S.E. Dartmoor, Devon, England.
It literally seeped out of cracks in the rocks like treacle.
This material was mined to make rust proof paint, mostly for battleships. It is the sparkly substance found in Hammerite paint, though today it comes from other sources.
The most famous treacle mines were the Great Rock Mine complex near Hennock.

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