History & Heritage in Dartmoor National Park

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Moretonhampstead Public Art/Sculpture ('Dartmoor Flight'), Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Moretonhampstead Public Art/Sculpture ('Dartmoor Flight'), Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

One of the highlights of Moretonhampstead is its public art/sculptures. From a sparrowhawk to Dartmoor ponies, barn owl to relief panels, the town is full of creative goodness. These beautiful works were created by a group of artists lead by Roger Dean as part of a project called 'Dartmoor Flig...

Haytor Quarry, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Haytor Quarry, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

One of a number of quarries on the moorland around Haytor Rocks. Granite was quarried here in the 18th and 19th centuries. A granite tramway was built in 1820 to transport the granite down to Stover Canal. From there, quarried granite was taken by water to the Teign Estuary and Teignmouth. Granit...

Sextons Cottage and Church House (National Trust), Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Sextons Cottage and Church House (National Trust), Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

A sexton maintained church buildings and the graveyard. The sexton's cottage was his home. The 'church house was the medieval equivalent of the church hall. Its chief purpose was to house the festivals and church ales which raised funds for many an English parish church until the rise of Puritanism'...

Cosdon Beacon, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Cosdon Beacon, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Cosdon Beacon is a huge cairn and trig point 550 metres above sea level at the highest point on Cosdon Hill. We've positioned Cosdon Beacon on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. Read our Cosdon Hill listing for directions. Cosdon is one of a number of b...

Belstone Church, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Belstone Church, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Many Dartmoor churches dominate their surroundings. Widecombe-in-the-Moor's 'Cathedral of the Moor' is the most obvious example. Moretonhampstead St Andrew's Church rises high above its moorland gateway town. Manaton St Winifred Church is visible from miles around. Belstone Church, however, is tucke...

King's Barrow, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

King's Barrow, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

The barrow on top of King Tor is one of a number of these highly visible burial chambers on Hookney Down and Hamel Down. You can see them from miles around which was, clearly, the intention. See our King Tor listing for directions. Note that the barrow is close to English Heritage's Grimspound...

Holming Beam Bridge, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Holming Beam Bridge, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

There's a car parking area at Holming Beam offering access to the Merrivale Range area of Dartmoor National Park. This is a British Army firing range but it's open to the public for large chunks of the year. The car parking area is above a beautiful valley cut by the River Cowsic as it fl...

Secret Place Sculpture, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

Secret Place Sculpture, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

One of the many joys of walking in the north east section of Dartmoor National Park around Castle Drogo (National Trust) and Teign Gorge (National Trust) are the beautiful public sculptures you encounter on your way. Secret Place is on the Two Moors Way close to where it leaves/enters Dartmo...

Wistman's Wood Ford, Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park

Wistman's Wood Ford, Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park

Wistman's Wood is an extraordinary National Nature Reserve located in a valley cut by the West Dart River on the egde of Dartmoor's high north plateau. Wistman's Wood Ford is a place where you can, in good conditions, cross the West Dart River. The ford is roughly one kilometre north of...

The Dartmoor Inn/River Lyd Stepping Stones, Lydford, Dartmoor National Park

The Dartmoor Inn/River Lyd Stepping Stones, Lydford, Dartmoor National Park

There's a popular car parking area on the western side of Dartmoor behind The Dartmoor Inn at Lydford. You access the car parking area by a lane just north of the inn. You can explore some of the National Park's most beautiful tors from here. To do so, you have to cross the River Lyd. The easiest wa...

Brown's House (Ruin), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Brown's House (Ruin), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

The West Dart River rises on Dartmoor National Park's high north plateau in boggy, rough cut moorland close to southern England's most remote spot at Fur Tor. The river builds strength as it flows south cutting moorland valleys on its way past Wistman's Wood National Nature Reserve to Tw...

Standon Steps, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

Standon Steps, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

This information is taken from 'Walking Dartmoor's Ancient Tracks' by the Dartmoor expert Eric Hemery: 'The simplest way to explain the remarkable Standon Steps is to quote the relevant passage from 'High Dartmoor': The alarming rapidity and volume of Tavy (prior to dep...

Teign-e-ver Clapper Bridge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Teign-e-ver Clapper Bridge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Many of Dartmoor's most photographed clapper bridges are very easily accessible. Coach loads of tourists cross the road from the Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre to walk the famous Postbridge Clapper Bridge. There's a big car park by the ruined Dartmeet Clapper Bridge. Whilst photo...

Hexworthy Bridge, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Hexworthy Bridge, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Hexworthy is a hamlet located at the foot of Dartmoor's south moor. The West Dart River flows by Hexworthy on its way to meet the East Dart River at Dartmeet. There are numerous sets of stepping stones on this stretch of the West Dart River. The safest crossing point is the pretty Hexworthy Bridge....

Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement (English Heritage), Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement (English Heritage), Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Explore Dartmoor and you'll encounter a high number of abandoned sites dating from the medieval period. The most famous is English Heritage's Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement. A hamlet, Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement consists of eleven buildings including longhou...