“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

Wistman’s Wood

Wistman's Wood, Two Bridges, Princetown, Devon

Opening times

1st January — 31st December – Open all year round.

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This site takes its name from a small oak wood. This amazing woodland is important for the mosses and lichens that festoon the trees and the impressive granite boulders found on the site.

However, this National Nature Reserve of 170ha mainly consists of a model example of the upland heathland and has a wealth of moorland birds. Wistman’s Wood is in the Dart river valley and has views of wild Devon that you won’t find anywhere else in the country.

Where: SX 605760
When: Open all year however as an upland site, the weather is prone to sudden change. As such adequate clothing should be taken at all times of the year. Visiting is encouraged over winter and spring but with the caveat that participants should be experienced and well prepared walkers due to the potentially difficult weather.

Hints and Tips: Visitors should ensure they have adequate footwear and clothing. Wistman’s Wood is an upland site subject to rapid weather changes.

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