Moor than meets the eye

Moor than meets the eye is a landscape partnership scheme which is helping people to explore Dartmoor’s past, conserve its wildlife, improve understanding of this rich landscape and develop and share the skills to look after it for generations to come. Through a broad range of projects we will look at how the landscape of the moor has been shaped by people over 4,000 years.


Performers on stage as the Miss Varwells at Throwleigh

"But you must believe in Pixies i...

29 Mar 2017

On 23rd March, members of Throwleigh parish (and some from across the border!) performed the Parishscapes-funded ‘Miss Varwell’s Throwleigh’ written and directed by Throwleigh resident Jon Bell. The performance told the story of two unmarried sisters, Emmie and Michael Varwell, who arrived in 1909 to set up home in Throwleigh. In 1938 one of the sisters, Emmie, wrote a book, ‘Throwleigh, The Story of a Dartmoor Village’. In it Emmie describes her love of the landscape and the history of the area, and for the people that she had known (as well as her belief that pixies lived amongst the moss-covered stones lining the pari...

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Guided walk around Haytor

The Archaeology of Haytor Down...

27th Apr 2017

Please join Phil Newman and Natural England to explore the archaeology around Haytor Down.

Please bring a packed lunch/drink, waterproofs/sun hat and wear long trousers, long sleeved shirts and well-treaded footwear. Starting and finishing at Upper Haytor Car Park.

This event is part of Granite Elements -the Bovey Tracey Parishscape Project. Follow the blog at

For more information contact and booking 01626 832 330 or East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, Yarner Wood, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9LJ


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Project themes

Bennet's Cross
Dartmoor through the Ages

The scheme is helping people to reveal how our ancestors lived and worked on Dartmoor. Projects involve people in research, archaeology and the conservation of some of our most important heritage assets.

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Wildlife on Dartmoor
The Wildlife of Dartmoor

Dartmoor is important for its diverse wildlife and rich habitats. Projects are ensuring that important conservation work and the sharing of good practice are undertaken to benefit Dartmoor’s wildlife.

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The Dartmoor story
Discovering the Dartmoor Story

Education and interpretive projects are helping visitors to Dartmoor and the communities who live here make new connections with the landscape and develop a better understanding of its heritage through a range of media including interactive guides, interpretation and project work.

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Holwell lawn bluebells
Conserving Dartmoor

The scheme is delivering projects to help share and maintain the skills to look after Dartmoor for future generations. This will include the launch of the “Dartmoor Diploma”; a formal qualification which will help people gain these skills.

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Last update: 25 Sep 2015 11:35am