all the spirits, entities and creatures that are said to inhabit
the county of Devon, none are so openly hostile towards people as
the Hairy Hands.
this; you're driving the narrow moors lane near Postbridge and Princetown,
its dark, cold and a typical moors night.
of a sudden the steering wheel or handlebars are grabbed by a gruesome
pair of hairy, calloused hands that are inhumanly strong and do
their utmost to fight you off the road.
a story that's been repeated many times since its first suggested
incident in June 1921 when a worker at Dartmoor Prison was killed
as his motorcycle became uncontrollable and crashed.
tale was related by his children who were riding in the sidecar,
all they knew was their father shouting at them to get off the bike
and apparently wrestling with the controls.
jumped clear, he didn't.
was repeated again sometime later, another motorcyclist, this time
with a pillion passenger, seemingly driven off the road approaching
the same spot.
time the passenger saw things more clearly and insisted he saw a
large hairy hand grasp the handlebars and forcibly upset the bike.
last thing you want to see while driving on Dartmoor.
seems though that its not just motorists that are at risk from the
devil's digits, any campers in the area have need to fear too.
1924 a young couple were camping in a caravan in the area and the
woman was woken in the middle of the night by a heart-racing fear.
bunk faced the caravan window and up it she saw crawling a large
hand, covered in hair and, she said, exuding an intent to do her
and her husband harm.
the lady made the sign of the cross and said the hand balked and
made its way away.
tale has arisen again and again and the area has become a notorious
area for accidents, many of the survivors giving the story of feeling
or seeing the large rough hands, covered in hair grabbing at them
and trying to drive them off the road.
for a legend some of the most skeptical people remain the locals.
Many suggest it's all down to 'grockles' trying to drive narrow,
high walled roads far too fast.
are these hands an evil entity, the ghostly form of an ex-Dartmoor
Prison inmate or some kind of moors spirit?
they are, its certainly a good idea to take just that little bit
more care when driving around the Postbridge or Princetown area.