Ponies on Dartmoor, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Ponies on Dartmoor, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

If you head out on to the moors or hills of Dartmoor National Park, it's very likely you'll see ponies. We've photographed ponies and their foals all over the Park and, because they're free to roam, it's difficult to recommend exact locations in which to see them.

There are various types of pony on the moors so it can be a little confusing identifying them. We'd recommend visiting the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Education and Visitor Centre at Parke near Bovey Tracey for detailed information but they identify four types of pony:

First, there are Pedigree Dartmoor Ponies. This is a rare breed.

Second, there are Dartmoor Heritage Ponies.

Third, there are Dartmoor Hill Ponies or Coloured Hill Ponies.

Fourth, you'll see the exceptionally cute Shetland Pony Cross or Shetland Type.

Last, note that Dartmoor's popular with horse riders so you'll also see plenty of horses. There's a miniature pony stud up near Okehampton Camp as well.

Given Dartmoor's mining history, ponies have worked the moors for centuries. It is said that they've lived on the moors for millennia.