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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Potter's Walk Improvements

Existing trails at Fernworthy Reservoir are being upgraded; which will allow access to some parts of the Lake to those who are less agile. Kit Hancock, South West Lakes Trust local Warden, visited Fernworthy last Friday to check the progress of the contractors, ‘Landmarc’, who are undertaking the work. Kit said, “It is great to see Potter’s Walk almost complete and usable again. This short, lakeside walk has always been popular with many people. Landmarc are a good company to have on the job as they have been only too willing to work with us and the Park to protect hut circles near the trail and keep things neat and tidy as they go, which will help the path naturalise quickly.” Looking ahead they will shortly be working on reinstating the permissive footpath through the felled woodland and woodland to the bird hide; then making the path and steps below the dam easier to negotiate. Apart from the odd stream crossing, boardwalk improvements and soft spot, everything else between the bird hide right round to the dam will be kept much as it is, making it easier to negotiate but without running a track right round. Potter’s Walk, which should be fully open in October, is a circular route of about ¾ of a mile, suitable for disabled users and those less agile. It has resting places and some slopes which some may require assistance. The walk is named after Sydney Potter who lived and worked at Fernworthy for over 50 years. More information about the project is available here Moor than meets the eye is also developing a Heritage Trails interactive web map to help visitors plan their visit to the moor. It will allow visitors to choose a route from a list or submit their own and will provide information about features of historic or wildlife importance.

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Celebration Event

Children from Ashburton and Moretonhampstead schools braved the elements on Tuesday to walk to one of Dartmoor’s finest beauty spots, Bonehill Rocks. They paraded banners and flags they had designed, inspired by the story of Dartmoor and their ancestors who farmed it.

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Wild and Wondrous exhibition

A new exhibition, Dartmoor: a Wild and Wondrous Region, has opened at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. This is the first major review of how Dartmoor has been portrayed in art and the largest exhibition of its kind in a generation. The exhibition contains oil paintings, watercolours, early photographs and postcards from RAMM's own collections as well as loans from British museums and private collections. Many of the works have rarely been seen in public before.The exhibition runs until April 1st so there is plenty of time to visit and see how artists helped change peoples perceptions of the moor from 'squalida Montana Dertmore' to a 'wild and wondrous region'. A programme of events has been organised to complement the exhibition with activities taking place at RAMM and across Dartmoor. For more details of the activities taking place visit exhibition has been co-curated by Peter F Mason and RAMM, Exeter and has been funded in partnership between Moor than meets the eye and RAMM and sponsored by Dartmoor Preservation Association, Tozers Solicitors and Hawksmoor Investment Management.

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Last update: 12 Jun 2015 7:12am