SX7877 : Templer Way at Oak Coppices

taken 5 years ago, near to Haytor Vale, Devon, Great Britain

Templer Way at Oak Coppices
Templer Way at Oak Coppices
The Way run along the western edge of these woods (right), which were full of bluebells.
Haytor Granite Tramway
The Haytor Granite Tramway was built in 1820 by George Templer to transport granite from quarries at Haytor on Dartmoor to the Stover Canal and thence to Teignmouth docks (the canal had originally been built in 1792 by his father, James, to transport clay).

Most of the tramway's course can be traced using the Templer Way footpath Link , which also follows the canal and the Teign estuary to Teignmouth.

The tramway drops 400 metres in height during its 16 km route. Its use of flanged granite setts is unusual. The gauge was 1.3 metres. Oak points were used at junctions. The wooden iron-wheeled wagons were typically run in trains of twelve, hauled uphill when empty by a team of 18 horses, which also provided, together with wooden poles, the only means of braking on the downhill journey. "Accidents were not uncommon" LinkExternal link .

The quarries fell into disuse by 1858 and the tramway closed LinkExternal link .
Templer Way
The Templer Way is a long distance path that approximates to the route by which granite quarried at Haytor on eastern Dartmoor was transported by tramway to the Stover canal near Teigngrace, thence down the River Teign to the port of Teignmouth. Recommended. The distinctive logo on waymarkers combines a tramway wheel with the tiller and rudder of a barge. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 25 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Paths  Woodland, Forest 
Long Distance Path (from Tags)
Templer Way 
National Park (from Tags)
Dartmoor 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 7806 7788 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:35.2728N 3:43.4361W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 7806 7792
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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