This morning we’ll be looking at the beautiful national park that spreads across Dartmoor, famous for its rocky peaks (or tors), wild flora and wild ponies. Many of us have enjoyed walks, activities and expeditions, like the Ten Tors Challenge, across its expanse.

We’ll be examining its Bronze Age and Medieval history as well as its relationship with Plymouth through Drake’s Leat.

Thanks to Dartmoor National Park we also have access to some great educational videos about the area. This one is especially good for children. There will be more in the articles we’re sharing later this morning.

The Dartmoor National Park website contains a wealth of information about the history of the moor as well as lots of beautiful images and a heritage trails map.

If you go to the ‘Explore’ section of the Visit Dartmoor website and select ‘Exploring History & Heritage’ you can find out about individual towns and some of the myths and legends connected with the moor. You can also read more about the Steven Spielberg film, ‘War Horse’. Based on the famous Michael Morpurgo book, the movie was partly filmed around Meavy and Sheepstor on Dartmoor in 2010.

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