Devon; The Shire of the Sea Kings

Devon; The Shire of the Sea Kings

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...buzzard to soar, The tenants of Nature on rugged Dartmoor." The writer has visited Holne Chase both going to and on leaving Ashburton, and still retains a vivid remembrance of the impression awakened by the gleams of sunlight through the oaks, birches, ferns and hollies; the varied hues thrown on the "clitters," the true Devonshire name for those huge pieces of granite and spar so frequently met with in this part of the moorlands, and the Dart deep in the valley by the roadside impatiently dashing over its mossy boulders on its way towards the open sea, from its small beginnings amongst--"Crags, rocks, and stones confusedly hurled, The fragments of an earlier world." A recent writer on Dartmoor speaks as follows of this highlyfavoured portion of the "Shire of the Sea Kings" --"Literary Rambles in the West of England," p. 124-5 "There is nothing in Devonshire finer than all that upper course of the Dart which extends from Ashburton into the heart of the Royal Forest, far up towards the sources of the river. It has been compared to Wharfedale, and especially to the valley of the Wharfe about Harden and Bolton Abbey. There is a certain resemblance. Steep, wooded hillsides, with ridges of moor and mountain, rising distance beyond distance, belong equally to both districts. And yet the points of difference are plainer than those of likeness. Hills and scaurs of mountain limestone take forms very unlike those of carboniferous dunstone or of granite. The plants and insects vary. The colour of the water is not the same. The Dart scenery is, on Holne Chase. the whole, far more Highland in character than that of Yorkshire, and recalls, perhaps more strongly, parts of the 'Lady of the Lake' country, where...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236648765
  • 9781236648761