Dartmoor Tourist Attractions | Dartmoor Museums | Dartmoor Landscape


Moor See & Do - Dartmoor Tourist Attractions | Dartmoor Museums | Dartmoor Landscape

Dartmoor is truly breathtaking.  From amazing views from the Tors to fantastic wildlife and habitats you should try to see as much as your time allows. 

Ponies - Whilst the Dartmoor Pony is considered a rare breed they are regularly seen on Dartmoor.  The Dartmoor Pony is as much associated with Dartmoor as the tors and blanket bogs are. The sight of new born foals in late spring out on the moor is a sight that many tourists love to see. Ponies have lived on Dartmoor for a very long time. According to Dartmoor National Park, an archaeological dig uncovered hoof prints as early as Bronze Age. What type of ponies they were no one knows. The pony though has been on Dartmoor long enough for there to be a distinct breed – the Dartmoor Pony.

Habitats - Dartmoor is renowned for its great variety of habitats, some of which are nationally or internationally important and are home to many rare plant and animal species. There are large areas of blanket bog on the highest part of the moor and in the more sheltered, steep-sided valleys are broadleaved woodlands. Between the valleys and the blanket bogs is a mixture of heath and grassland.   Other notable habitats in the Dartmoor National Park include species-rich hay meadows and hedgebanks, granite tors, torrent rivers and lowland heath.

Wildlife - The wildlife of Dartmoor is varied, special and characteristic with species including buzzard, otter, salmon, dipper and skylark. Many rare species occur here too. Some have national or even international strongholds within the National Park such as the high brown and marsh fritillary butterflies.  The Wealth of Wildlife Project was funded by Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) and is designed to raise awareness and encourage the enjoyment of wildlife on Dartmoor by visitors. Fifty businesses including accommodation providers, attractions, activity centres, pubs and cafés, were visited by an ecologist who surveyed the grounds and produced a tailor-made folder of wildlife information for each establishment for their visitors to use


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