The isolated landscape with weather conditions (mist, rain and snow) that can change in minutes, creates a truly natural spectacle - 'nature' at its best. For this reason only the hardiest of wildlife can survive the winter conditions here.
Dartmoor was the setting for the Sherlock Holmes' novel 'The Hound of the Baskervilles,' based upon a local legend.
Dartmoor is hiking country, and can become very busy on the most popular routes during the summer months. Any walk across the moor is likely to lead you to the remains of old stone buildings from Dartmoor's industrial past.
Prehistoric remains are found all over the moor, though exact dates of many of them are often in dispute, as well as ancient clapper bridges - crossing streams and rivers, stone crosses; barrows, standing stones, circles, tumuli and cairns all contribute to the wealth of features.
Dartmoor has a variety of habitats due to the difference in altitude between higher and lower areas.
In upland areas where conditions are more harsh, only the hardiest of breeds survive including the famous Dartmoor ponies. They will eat almost anything from grass and heather to gorse which they bash to remove the prickles. They are important for conservation of the moorland - without them the area would return to wood and shrubland.
The lower areas of Dartmoor are great for bird watchers. At Yarner Woods you'll find birds that don't live in the upland areas of Dartmoor - these include the Pied Flycatcher, the Treecreeper and the Nuthatch.
Lichen are very hardy plants which can survive in some of the most extreme cold conditions. Their bodies comprise fungal threads and minute algae in one of nature's most intriguing partnerships. Dartmoor is a good place for lichen spotting especially in wooded areas in its lower reaches, notably the Bovey River Valley where there are a wide range of species. They provide clues to what has happened in the past, how much it rains, and what the quality of the air in an environment is like.
Look out for the Knicker Elastic Lichen, so named because of its springy structure, and Cladonia with its red tips where fungal spores can fly off to find algae and create a new lichen. And you may find the Lichen Spotting Fields Studies Council Guide helpful.
Dartmoor covers a very wide area and has a number of different facilities and visitor attractions in it. Throughout the year it is a beautiful place to visit with deep wooded gorges, tumbling rocky rivers, lake-like reservoirs, cairns, and places such as Princetown a historic settlement at its heart which grew around its famous prison, Postbridge a settlement in the heart of the moor known of its medieval clapper bridge as well as its granite Tor's such as Haytor.
Those listed in the planning grid below are towards the centre and just give a flavour of what could be available to the photographer, but there is so much more.
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