The mysteries of Milfordleigh Wood

A Dartmoor blog

I went to Milfordleigh Wood the other day – it is a small area of woodland at the top end of  the Teign near to the village of Murchington. I’ve always been interested in the derivation of words – so Milfordleigh…

Milfordleigh 1To my eyes it looks like a piece of ancient woodland – but is it?

Milfordleigh 8Lets start with Leigh – this is an old word that means meadow and more specifically a meadow cut out of the original woodland – there is even a name on the OS map called Leigh – it looks like meadows were created hundreds of years ago between Gidleigh Park and Milfordleigh – see the map

Milfordleigh 4Next the Ford bit – here is an ancient track coming down the hill side next to Milfordleigh Woods by the Teign

Milfordleigh 5Here is the track at the top of the wood – this is the…

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