Discover the Dartmoor Story

Over the course of the scheme we will be developing a web based resource to help you find out more about Dartmoor and how this seemingly natural landscape has been shaped by settlement, industry and farming.

Bennet's CrossMoor than meets the eye is working with the people who live, work and visit Dartmoor to reveal new insights into the story of Dartmoor - the people and landscape over 4,000 years and to help share this story with everyone.

If you know what to look out for this natural seeming landscape can quickly reveal the impact of human settlement, industry and farming in its strange lumps and bumps and odd stone piles.

  • The Dartmoor Story
    Over the course of the scheme we will be developing a web based resource to help you find out more about Dartmoor and how this seemingly natural landscape has been shaped by settlement, industry and farming.
  • Heritage Trails
    To help get you started on where to visit or what to look for we are creating an interactive map which contains suggested routes to around heritage features. You can also upload your favourite route or look for particular heritage features before planning your walk.
  • Visiting Dartmoor
    Before you visit the moor it’s a good idea to visit the National Park website for all the latest information to help you get the best from your visit

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Last update: 12 Jun 2015 7:12am