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DARTMOOR PONIES ON GIBBET HILL DEVON

A friendly, grazing herd of Dartmoor ponies on the windswept summit of notorious Gibbet Hill in West Dartmoor, Devon, SW England. Being a hardy breed, these gentle ponies can survive the extreme weather of Dartmoor and have been on the moor for centuries. Typically they are 45-50 inches (114-127 cm) in height. Historically the ponies were used in quarries and mines. Today they are an icon of the National Park and a favourite of visitors to the moor. Gibbet Hill stands at 1,158 feet (353m) next to the main route from Tavistock to Okehampton near to Mary Tavy. In years gone by the area was plagued by highwaymen. Such criminals that were caught were punished by death either by hanging from a gibbet on this hill or by being left to starve to death in a suspended cage. The felons were left as a grisly display as a warning for others to heed. Due to the prominence of this hill, their remains were visible for miles around. Numerous ghostly tales and legends are associated with the area. Photograph taken on a beautiful breezy and sunny Autumn day, mid October.

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DARTMOOR PONIES ON GIBBET HILL DEVON

A friendly, grazing herd of Dartmoor ponies on the windswept summit of notorious Gibbet Hill in West Dartmoor, Devon, SW England. Being a hardy breed, these gentle ponies can survive the extreme weather of Dartmoor and have been on the moor for centuries. Typically they are 45-50 inches (114-127 cm) in height. Historically the ponies were used in quarries and mines. Today they are an icon of the National Park and a favourite of visitors to the moor. Gibbet Hill stands at 1,158 feet (353m) next to the main route from Tavistock to Okehampton near to Mary Tavy. In years gone by the area was plagued by highwaymen. Such criminals that were caught were punished by death either by hanging from a gibbet on this hill or by being left to starve to death in a suspended cage. The felons were left as a grisly display as a warning for others to heed. Due to the prominence of this hill, their remains were visible for miles around. Numerous ghostly tales and legends are associated with the area. Photograph taken on a beautiful breezy and sunny Autumn day, mid October.

Image dimensions: 4000 x 3000 pixels