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About Dartmoor

Dartmoor is not just about the landscape; there's a lot more to it than that. It's not just about the ponies, or the tors, the history or the heritage; but that's a good start.  It's about getting out there, experiencing new things. This living, breathing, working landscape holds the secret to a past that stretches back over the centuries, and a future that is both sustainable and green.

From rare birds and butterflies, Neolithic monuments and ancient woodland, to tradition, folklore and farming on horseback, Dartmoor has it all. Leading the way for the arts, all things organic, a haven for literary greats and explorers, you will be walking in some awesome footsteps.

If you want to know more about Dartmoor, take a look at our factsheet trivia. Or take a look at our landscape page which provides you with breathtaking images of Dartmoor and some insider information!

Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. So if it is stone circles, menhirs, stone crosses and ancient villages that get you excited, Dartmoor is the place to be. In fact, it is where Time Team were, unearthing all manner of interesting artefacts. To find out more and to understand what makes Dartmoor tick, check out our archaeology page.

Dartmoor is home to all manner of wildlife, from Dartmoor ponies wandering the moor, to the rare marsh fritillery butterfly. If birds, bees and beasts draw your interest, take a look at our Dartmoor Wildlife page.

Want to know more about the people of Dartmoor? Where did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle base The Hound of the Baskervilles? What inspired Seth Lakeman's songs? Did Agatha Christie write her novels on Dartmoor? All this and more can be found on our Arts & Literature page.

If you are unsure of your geography, why not take a look at our Dartmoor Towns & Villages page. We have listed all the towns and villages on Dartmoor, with relevant tourist information, images and contact details. So that you can choose your own route round Dartmoor, stopping off at all the places that take your interest. 

And lastly, you might want to know more about the Dartmoor Pony. A common sight on the moor, the Dartmoor Ponies are as much a part of what makes Dartmoor tick as the standing stones and the people. If you want to find out more, take a look at our Dartmoor Ponies page.

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