The Dartmoor National Park is homed some of the most famous myths and legends in the world. This strange place, with its eerie granite huts, standing circles, broken stone roads, and reaves where moorland water still bubbles and gurgles through, is also the home of the wild mystical creatures that exist vibrantly in our imagination.
It is thought that Dartmoor Park was once inhabited, or perhaps still are, was filled with the haunting of pixies. Not just pixies either, but also the famed headless horseman suppsoedly ran rampant throughout the dark wet moorlands. A strange large black dog was also spotted throughout the moorlands, hunting and haunting the settlers with its nightmarish size, amongst other creepy ghosts that wandered aimlessly (or perhaps purposefully) throughout the wet moorlands of Dartmoor Park.
It was during the Great Thunderstorm of 1638 that the moorland village of Widecombe in the Moor had inhabitants that said the town had been visited by the Devil himself.
Because of this interesting and haunting past, Dartmoor National Park with its Neolithic Bronze Age history and peoples, have inspired many artists. This inspiration can be seen in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with his story The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventure of Silver Blaze. Even J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter blockbuster success pays homage to the Dartmoor Park during the 4th installment of the series Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, they hold the 1994 Quidditch World Cup finals between Ireland and Bulgaria, hosted on none other than the Dartmoor moors themselves.
Kitty Jay’s Grave or sometimes just called Jay’s Grave, also resides within the Dartmoor National Park. The grave is the supposed last recting place of Jay, a person who fell victim to suicide. People think that Jay died somewhere in the mid to late 18th century. Since Jay’s death, the grave has become a very famous landmark within Dartmoor National Park and obviously a great inspirer of folklore, ghost stories, and other things that go bump in the night.
Still to this day, people report fresh flowers are laid at Kitty Jay’s Grave, but no one admits to whoever lays the flowers.
Along with Kitty Jay’s Grave, there is also the Childe’s Tomb. Child’es Tomb is an elaborate cross that was raised upon a constructed base. The story behind this tomb is less scary and more about reward. A famed hunter by the name of Childe was reportedly killed in a snow storm, despite killing his horse and climbing inside the horse for warmth. The corpse of Childe was found with a note saying whoever buried his body properly would inherit all of his lands in Plymock. The story itself has become famous enough that when the original Childe’s Tomb was destroyed by a man who took the stones to build his own house, the tomb was partially reconstructed in 1890.
Stories like these and others abound about Dartmoor National Park. As it should, since it is one of the if not the largest holder of Bronze Age history in all of the UK. It remains inspiring writers, artists and travelers by inspiring their imagination to think of what these neolithic settlers must had been like, as well as the ideas of the wisping of pixies flying in and out of the wet, ancient moorlands.