SX6980 : Lynchets near Challacombe

taken 7 years ago, 4 km from Cator Court, Devon, Great Britain

Lynchets near Challacombe
Lynchets near Challacombe
These horizontal banks on the hillside are remains of medieval lynchet or strip farming. For a clearer view from across the valley, see SX6980 : Lynchets near Challacombe.
Challacombe :: SX6979
Challacombe is a farm that represents all that remains of a once much more extensive village. Settlements in the area around go back to the Bronze Age but it was busiest in medieval times when the strip or lynchet farming system was used, and the 19th century (up to 1927) when there were operational tin mines nearby. Most of the buildings are now in ruins.

The land is now part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate; in 2006 it won Silver prize in the Duke's Habitat Award which is "to encourage and recognise good conservation practices within farm management." Min Cullum of Challacombe won it by "developing the varied habitats on her farm which include unusual species such as wax caps and bog hoverfly." The farmer allows free access to anyone who wants to study the wildlife and archaeology of the farm.

[NB there are at least three villages in Devon called Challacombe, this description relates to the one near Widecombe-in-the-Moor].
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 3 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 7 August, 2011
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 693 804 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:36.5397N 3:50.9026W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 693 804
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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