About Dartmoor National Park

Map of the UK showing DartmoorAt 954 square kilometres (368 square miles), Dartmoor is the largest open space in southern England. It has wild open moorland, granite tors and wooded river valleys. At its edge is a landscape of small fields enclosed by stone walls and hedge banks.

Dartmoor has been a stock-grazing area for at least 4,000 years and it is, in the main, this kind of farming that has made the Dartmoor landscape worthy of National Park status. The open spaces and sheltered valleys give pleasure to millions of people every year and for the Dartmoor farmers it is their place of work. Dartmoor's blanket bog, upland oak woods, caves and mines are among habitats of international importance.

Dartmoor's landscape is also among the richest in western Europe in terms of its archaeological remains. Within the National Park there are many landowners, including public bodies and private individuals. National Parks are places where people live and work and Dartmoor is home to around 34,000 people.(2011 census)