SX7978 : Rail of the Haytor Granite Tramway

taken 4 years ago, near to Brimley, Devon, Great Britain

Rail of the Haytor Granite Tramway
Rail of the Haytor Granite Tramway
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
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 .
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SX7978, 44 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 March, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 29 March, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Quarrying, Mining  Railways 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 7905 7843 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:35.5818N 3:42.6081W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 7906 7841
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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