Broadband network upgraded on Dartmoor and Exmoor

A series of upgrades are being made to the superfast broadband network on Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Internet service provider Airband completed its network in the two National Parks, on behalf of Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), over three years ago.

This network provides access to superfast broadband (speeds of up to 30Mbps) to around 7,000 homes and businesses, making it...

New cairn for charity thanks to kind hearted builders

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust at Parke near Bovey Tracy has a brand new car park donation cairn, thanks to the huge generosity of local builders, suppliers and the continuing loyal support of the charity’s many friends.

Earlier this year, the cairn was destroyed and the car park donations, which are used to purchase hay for the charity’s ponies, stolen.

But kind hearted...

February half-term 2022 'Brilliant Birds' activities

Delve into Dartmoor’s wonderful wildlife this February half term with a focus on the moor’s birds. Dartmoor is home to a fascinating range of birds and provides a refuge for species that are under threat elsewhere. Birds such as the cuckoo, meadow pipit, skylark and ring ouzel can all be seen and heard at different times of the year. The Authority is committed to keeping the landscape special...

Woodland tidied up thanks to enthusiastic volunteers

A Dartmoor woodland has been given a tidy-up thanks to a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Working with Dartmoor National Park’s Rangers Ella Briens and Ethan Parsons and Dartmoor Headwaters Project Officer Kerry Smith, the group spent a Sunday morning removing tree guards from a native woodland in the Dean Burn valley near Buckfastleigh. Seventeen volunteers joined Ella, Ethan...

Exhibition celebrates Dartmoor National Park's 70th anniversary 

A free exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of Dartmoor’s designation as a National Park is being held at the National Park Visitor Centre in Princetown. The exhibition, launched today, is being put on with The Dartmoor Trust , a charity run entirely by volunteers which holds a rich archive with thousands of images, audio recordings and videos of Dartmoor’s past. The exhibition...


Ceremonial site walk at Drizzlecombe, Dartmoor's Daughter

Leaving from Plymouth City Centre - full details will be provided in advance of the event
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 09:00 to 14:30

Join us for a guided walk through an ancient and ritual Dartmoor landscape.

Dartmoor has the largest concentrations of stone rows in Britain as well as 16 stone circles, many standing stones, and burial chambers. Led by Dartmoor’s Daughter, Emma Cunis, walkers will journey together (sometimes in silence and sometimes sharing experiences) through Drizzlecombe ceremonial complex. The best preserved of Dartmoor’s prehistoric ceremonial sites, it includes stone rows, standing stones, the ‘Giant’s Basin’ cairn as well as barrows, cists, and hut circles.

The route will be approx...

Improvements for car parking at Bonehill Down

The parking areas at Bonehill Down have benefited from some recent improvement works, funded by Dartmoor National Park and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

Three parking places close to Bonehill Rocks have been resurfaced after they’d become badly eroded and gullied. The work was funded by a £1,000 contribution by the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains campaign. Bonehill Down is a...

Denbury school pupils clock up the miles for books and conservation 

Children from a Devon school have raised money for their school library and Donate for Dartmoor by taking on a unique walking challenge. Year Six pupils from Denbury Primary School walked more than 13km from Haytor Rocks on Dartmoor back to their classroom and raised £500. The school's classes are all named after places on Dartmoor so it was apt that pupils of 'Haytor' class walked from the...

Devon preparing to welcome The Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain will be making a welcome return to Devon in September with a gruelling 115-mile route awaiting some of the world's top cyclists.

Devon will host Stage Two of the 2021 Tour of Britain on Monday 6 September, starting in the new town of Sherford and finishing in Exeter.

The route takes in a number of communities on its way from the South Hams and across...

Health professionals begin "green prescribing trial" at Devon wood

Visiting woodland could be just what the doctor ordered as phase two of a unique “green social prescribing trial for young people” begins

Health professionals have been getting out to a Devon woodland in a unique trial to streamline how GPs refer mental health patients to nature for recovery.

During a standard ten-minute consultation earlier this week, a local GP was for the first...