Dartmoor – Into the Wilderness
Dartmoor is one of the few wilderness areas remaining in the UK – beautiful, mysterious and sometimes dangerous. From its rich, moss-covered ancient woodlands and rushing rivers to its sparse high moorland and bleak prison, Dartmoor has inspired artists, poets and musicians for centuries.
Since prehistoric times, man has lived and worked on Dartmoor, leaving behind mysterious stone circles, monuments and the remains of ancient settlements. From tin mining and quarrying to an ice factory and gun powder mills, man has endeavoured to make a living from Dartmoor, leaving his footprint in the wilderness.
This book contains a fascinating mixture of informative facts and mysterious tales. Here you will discover the wildlife, the history, the geography, the legends, the industry, the harshness and the inspiring wonder of one of England’s most popular National Parks. This book illustrates why people are pulled back time and again to Dartmoor, which remains a wilderness untamed.
Dartmoor National Park: A Celebration of Its People, Places and Wildlife
This book is a celebration of Dartmoor National Park, highlighting its dramatic beauty, captivating wildlife and the cultural heritage of its landscape and inhabitants. One of England’s greatest expanses of wild country, Dartmoor attracts countless visitors each year, who are keen to experience its vast open and ancient scenery, high craggy tors and secluded valleys; its peace, tranquillity and humbling splendour. This is a landscape largely created and maintained by generations of people whose lives are deeply entwined with a wild and beautiful place.
Dartmoor National Park paints a colourful picture of Dartmoor today, featuring stories by people passionate about their work and life on the moor. Their accounts reflect their emotional or spiritual attachment to some very special places, offering a fascinating insight into the history of the land and demonstrating the benefits and pleasures the National Park brings to both visitors and the local community.
The book also features chapters on Dartmoor’s geology, history and archaeology, and describes the important role played by farming and livestock in managing the land. Beautiful colour photographs, including stunning panoramas, illustrate the magnificence of one of Britain’s first and finest national parks.
“This book is amazing, the detail of every square mile of Dartmoor described in perfect detail. We are lucky enough to live right in the edge of Dartmoor and have made it our mission to explore all of it. Using this book and the Facebook group that is based on it, it’s turned into a real adventure. It’s bit full of lots of glossy pictures, but it’s informative and beautifully written. Start your adventure and use this book to explore one of the most beautiful parts of our country.”
The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor
The modern visitor to Devon, travelling west into the region, is greeted by a panorama of the high ground and rocky outcrops of Dartmoor.
In a county renowned for its `rolling hills’, Dartmoor’s high moors, topped by granite tors, preside over the massive folds of its peripheral valleys, incised by the fast-moving moorland rivers and streams as they flow towards the hinterland. Dartmoor was designated as one of England’s first National Parks in 1951.
The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor describes and narrates Dartmoor’s landscape history from 4000 BC to the present, analysing and summarising archaeological and historical studies from the 19th century onwards. A brief section describes Dartmoor’s geological shape.
Then its prehistoric settlement, Romano-British organisation, medieval character and early tin industry are described in turn. Next, Dartmoor’s 19th- and 20th-century industrial landscape and heritage (tin, copper, silver-lead and China clay), and how they co-existed with traditional forms of upland farming, are described. Subsidiary industries (peat, gunpowder mills, ice works and tramways) and the moor’s use for military training bring the narrative up to the present.
A concluding summary assesses Dartmoor’s history and ponders its future.
- Dartmoor National Park
- Visit Dartmoor
- For walk guide books and wild swimming on Dartmoor, see the Guide Books page