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Wistman's Wood, Devon


  • Located in Two Bridges, Devon, South West England, England
  • Said to be Devon's oldest wood, Wistman's Wood is a short walk from Two Bridges in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. It's the centre of the Wistman's Wood National Nature Reserve
  • Mosses, lichens and twisted, stubby oak trees make the wood very atmospheric. Close to the West River Dart, Wistman's Wood is surrounded by high tors
  • To explore the wood, start from the small parking area across the road from the Two Bridges Hotel. Follow the very obvious path north and you'll see the wood ahead of you. To the east and north east, you'll see Littaford Tors and Longaford Tor. Across the valley, you'll see Beardown Tors. The latter is a boundary to the army firing range so if they're flying red flags, keep out. Most likely you'll hear the gunfire anyway
  • You can also walk in from the car parking areas that line Bellever Forest. If you choose this route, head for Longaford Tor and then drop down into the woods. We locate these points of interest on Google maps so zoom in on the satellite setting for detail. As ever, we recommend you study the Ordnance Survey OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail
  • There is a magnificent description of the local legends attached to the wood on the 'Legendary Dartmoor' website, link provided
  • If a trip to Wistman's Wood appeals, we'd also suggest you explore the Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve to the north east of the Park below southern England's only two mountains, Yes Tor and High Willhays
  • Note: on the Ordnance Survey OL28 'Dartmoor' map, there's a path that cuts across the West River Dart. Whilst members of the team have managed to cross the water here, I've walked this area about a dozen times and the river has always been too fierce to cross safely. This will affect any circular walk in the area
  • By James Penman

External Links
www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk
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Wistman's Wood National Nature Reserve, Devon

Located in Two Bridges, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

'This Reserve has long been known for its stunted oak trees, festooned with mosses and lichens, growing amongst moss covered boulders. Over the centuries the wood has changed considerably. In 1620, Tristram Risdon wrote...

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Littaford Tors

Located in Two Bridges, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Accessible tors just north of Two Bridges and close to Wistman's Wood. Walk direct from disused quarry car park by Two Bridges takes twenty minutes one way...

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Longaford Tor

Located in Two Bridges, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Steep, rocky tor to the north east of Wistman's Wood within Dartmoor National Park. Leisurely two hour round walk from the disused quarry car park by Two Bridges. By James Penman...

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Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 33; Rates: 65 - 400 Per Night

Nestling beside the West Dart River, in 60 acres of private grounds at the very heart of the Dartmoor National Park, the hotel is reminiscent of a bygone age of opulence with the added extravagance of today's little luxu...

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Approximately 5.8 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 2; Maximum Occupants: 3; Rates: 259 - 629 Per Week

A beautiful 500 year old end-of-wing Dartmoor Longhouse situated in the rolling hills of Dartmoor National Park....

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The Snug, Trout 'n Tipple Cottages
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Approximately 6.8 miles away.

Rates: 342 - 789 Per Week

Perfect for families and keen fishermen alike these delightful cottages are grouped around a courtyard within the landscaped grounds of a working trout fishery just 700 yards from the Trout 'n Tipple inn which serves...

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