Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is an ancient landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, heather-clad hills, rugged, wide open spaces and mysterious deep-wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers.
It’s not surprising this great wilderness has provided inspiration for hundreds of years to artists, authors - think Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles - and film makers. Stephen Spielberg was blown away by the beauty of Dartmoor when he filmed the smash hit War Horse not far from Princetown, home to one of the most famous -and forbidding looking - prisons in the UK.
In terms of its history, Dartmoor is internationally significant as one of the most important Bronze Age settlements in Western Europe - less than a mile from the main road at Postbridge, ancient stone rows, hut circles and burial chambers dating from 1750-1600BC are easily accessible via a series of new marked heritage trails.
And environmentally, recent studies had revealed that the peatlands of Dartmoor are an under-estimated resource in the fight against climate change, due to their ability to store carbon in mires and blanket bogs.
Dartmoor ponies - the emblem of the national park - are an iconic sight, living as semi-wild herds all over the moor. They, along with shaggy cattle and moorland sheep, play an important role in grazing the commons - they are also provide endless cute picture opportunities!
Dartmoor also has a very gentle side. Safe, quiet areas where you can picnic with the family, easy to follow trails for strolling, walking and cycling, many lovely open spaces where the children can run to their heart’s content and a huge number of child friendly and dog friendly places to stay, to eat and attractions to visit. For more information about all things Dartmoor visit www.visitdartmoor.co.uk