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Visitor information for Dartmoor in Devon

Dartmoor's beautiful landscape includes wooded valleys, windswept hills, the amazing granite tors, plus picturesque thatch and granite villages just waiting to be discovered.

Some 600 miles of public rights of way cover this stunning countryside so visitors can explore the open moorland on foot and horseback and discover more about its wildlife and wealth of archaeological remains.

Among its most popular inhabitants are the Dartmoor Ponies which roam freely over the moorland.
The ponies live out on the moor all year round and spend most of their time in small herds of mares with one adult stallion and the young ponies.
Although they live wild, all the ponies are owned by local farmers with grazing rights.
Every year in late September and early October pony drifts are held. During these the ponies are gathered up, checked and the weaker ponies, which would struggle to cope with a bleak Dartmoor winter, are sent to market.
It is wonderful to watch the ponies roaming wild but visitors are asked not to feed these lovely characters because this attracts them towards the roads and they are then in danger of being hit by vehicles.

As well as the charming ponies, visitors may spot buzzards and rabbits, and the more eagle-eyed may even catch a glimpse of the deer that live on the moor, or even the rare otters which play in its streams and rivers.

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