Welcome to the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Conserving the Dartmoor Pony on Dartmoor

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust’s mission is to conserve the Dartmoor Pony on Dartmoor, by engaging and connecting people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage. Through education, working closely with key partners and Dartmoor farmers to secure the future of these national treasures for future generations. Together we ensure their vital conservation role is recognised both on the moor itself and across the UK

Conservation Work

The DPHT is a grazing tenant to the magnificent moorland area surrounding Bellever Tor. This enables us to manage and use a herd of ponies for conservation grazing, liaising with other conservation bodies like the National Trust and wildlife trusts to place ponies.

How you can get involved

With the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust


Our free guided walks showcase Dartmoor Ponies, wildlife and archaeology.

outreach & engagement

Our educational initiatives raise awareness of the ponies’ vital role in maintaining Dartmoor’s unique ecology.

Become a Member and support our important work helping to preserve the Native Dartmoor Pony


We always have a range of young stock and ponies available for sale. From our recognised pony keepers & breeders.


The DPHT relies entirely on donations and fundraising, so your support is vital to our cause.


The ponies we help are owned by our recognised pony keeper members, farmers working Dartmoor.

Supporting Farming

The majority of ponies we keep belong to our recognised Dartmoor Pony Keeper Members, hill farmers who own the breeding herds on the Dartmoor Commons. We help look after ponies to mature to a more valuable age, when they can be used for riding, driving or sold to conservation grazing sites.