Notes on Exmoor’s local names

“There are many locally distinctive names for landscape features: ‘ball’ for a rounded hillside spur such as Wimbleball, which means the ball where the windle grass grows; ‘cleave’ for a steep valley side such as Myrtleberry Cleave, which is the cleave where whortleberry grows; ‘gut’ such as Great Hangman Gut, means a gully; ‘girt’ such as Pudleep Girt, means a steep little valley; ‘bottom’ as in Charles, Galloping and Velvet Bottoms, means the bottom of a valley, and ‘brake’ as in Cornham Brake, is a bracken-covered hillside.”

From ‘Exmoor, The Official National Park Guide’ , The Pevsney Press, 2001

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  1. Tim Maltin

    Fantastic! With hangman’s guts and velvet bottoms, what more could one possibly hope for 🙂
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