Second Sunday Volunteering – Working on Historic Dartmoor Watercourse

Join Simon Lee, our National Park Ranger, on his monthly volunteer outings to assist in the important restoration and maintenance of the Haytor area. This month we will be working on a special historical feature, Haytor’s reservoir leat. The work will take place on Sunday 13 November, starting at 10:30 and finishing at 3:30.

Some History

Haytor reservoir leat is marked on the...

Enjoy Dartmoor but take your rubbish home!

The recent period of good weather is certainly enticing plenty of people to venture onto Dartmoor.

It is great to come out with friends and family to enjoy a picnic in a lovely unspoilt riverside setting, sit amongst the lush green grass and enjoy a fantastic moorland view - or even pack all your gear in a rucksack and head into the open moor to camp out under the stars.


Award winning exhibition back on Dartmoor

The unique Dartmoor Life in the First World War Exhibition is being displayed again from 18 to 24 August in Princetown to celebrate the prestigious award for the best exhibition in Britain and Ireland. The trophy, presented by the Community Archive and Heritage Group, was awarded particularly for inspiring young people to recognise the importance of their cultural inheritance and innovative...

Fun for all at 39th Dartmoor Folk Festival

Fun for all the family is assured at the 39th Dartmoor Folk Festival, all at modest prices or free-of-charge.

The festival, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 5, 6 and 7, will take place in the foothills of Dartmoor at South Zeal, near Okehampton.

Friday, August 5, the date the 39th festival opens, would have been, co-incidentally, the festival founder, the late Bob Cann's...

Escaped lynx back in captivity

A lynx that escaped from Dartmoor Zoo in Devon has been captured - after more than three weeks on the run.

The Carpathian lynx, the size of a large domestic cat, was found after walking into a humane trap and is now back at the zoo.

Zoo owner Ben Mee told BBC Radio Devon it was "a huge relief" to have got the animal back.

He said that they had been "living in the hope"...

Public urged not to approach escaped lynx

Police are reminding members of the public not to approach the lynx which escaped from Dartmoor Zoological Park last week, nor to be tempted to look for it on the moor.

A police spokesperson said: “Following several credible sightings of the lynx since it escaped, park staff are confident enough to put into place a humane capture plan concentrating on one area of Dartmoor.


Volunteers needed to work on historic tramway

Join Dartmoor National Park Ranger Simon Lee on Sunday 10 July as he leads a team of volunteers to continue working on the popular Templer Way walking route near Haytor. The day runs from 10:30 until 3:30 and starts at the National Park Visitor Centre, Haytor.

The Templer Way follows the route by which granite was taken from the quarries in the Haytor area during the 1800s on an 18...

Walk in a Dartmoor haymeadow

Enjoy a walk with a Dartmoor ecologist through some of the National Park's most spectacular haymeadows.

Saturday 2 July was National Haymeadows Day and to celebrate this wonderful habitat Dartmoor National Park is working with haymeadow owners to give people the chance to visit, enjoy and learn about the wildlife and heritage importance of our traditional flower-rich meadows and why...

Archaeologists lead community dig on lost Dartmoor Manor

From Monday 27 June until Saturday 2 July 2016 archaeologists will be returning to the site of North Hall Manor in Widecombe-in-the-Moor to continue investigations into this intriguing site.

This will be the third season of excavation. The first phase in 2012 targeted the medieval manor site and revealed wall footings, boundary works and pottery that strongly suggest a high status...

Take Moor care when cycling on Dartmoor

Cyclists are being asked to take “Moor care” when out and about in Dartmoor National Park this summer. The National Park has seen a steady increase in the popularity of cycling, both “off road” along moorland bridleways and designated trails, as well as a boom in road cycling across Dartmoor.

There have been increasing numbers of people choosing to enjoy Dartmoor by bike, particularly...