Knowstone Parish Council

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Local Information

The Parish boasts the beautiful and unspoilt Haresdown and Knowstone Moors. These moors are renowned for their Culm grassland which form part of the largest area of this type of grassland in the world. Hence their status as a site of special scientific interest. Haresdown moors is owned by the Parish and Knowstone moors by Devon Wildlife Trust. These moors have provided grazing for land owners for many generations and these 'rights' still exist today. The highest point of the moors is at Haresdown (850ft) and the lowest point at Ford Farm (450ft). In 1984 the moors were cut in half by the North Devon Link road (A361). An old marker stone at Beaples Moor had to be moved for the construction of the road.

A new stone has been placed at Knowstone Moor Cross to mark the millenium. It is made from Dartmoor granite and was once used as a naval mooring stone in the Plymouth Sound. Knowstone is steeped with history and is a beautiful place to visit for a picnic or to walk across the unspoilt moorland and enjoy the wildlife.

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