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IRISHMANS WALL

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Irishman's Wall. An impressive coursed drystone wall which extends for 1.25km in an almost straight line from the West Okemont River to the Taw River. It crosses the steep Belstone/Higher Tor ridge which rises 123m above the level of the two rivers. Constructed of moorland boulders and stone it now stands to a maximum 1.8m high - although it has collapsed in many places and the western end has been destroyed. It may, as it name suggests, have been built by Irish labourers perhaps as a job creation scheme.

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