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Below the confluence of Teign and Walla there is a large boulder covered with water-cut rock basins, one of which has completely worn through and pierced the stone. Called the Tolmen stone, it has been the focus for some extreme C19 ideas. Rowe (1985; A Perambulation of Dartmoor, page 44) happily adduced stories of magical cures and mystical oracles, which perhaps more properly belong to Cornish monuments, like the Men-An-Tol, SW426349. There children were supposedly cured of rickets by climbing through its central hole. It is interesting to note that the Teign at this point is a very popular summer spot ; most people who visit the stone also climb through it.
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