Bowerman’s Nose

bowermans nose

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Have you heard the story about Bowerman’s nose? It is a well known Dartmoor landmark. It is an oddly shaped granite stack situated on the northern slope of Hayne Down, about a mile from Hound Tor and close to the village of Manaton. It has a several mythical tales surrounding it.

The most popular myth was that Bowerman – a hunter – was in pursuit of a hare one day when he ran through a coven of witches, who were furious because he had upset their ritual.

The next time Bowerman went hunting, one of the witches turned herself into a hare and led the hunter on a wild chase all over Dartmoor, until he became utterly exhausted. The witches subsequently turned Bowerman and his hounds into petrified stone, which became the rocks you now see at Hound Tor.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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