Welcome to the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Helping to keep Dartmoor Ponies on the moor

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust’s mission is to secure the long-term future of the native Dartmoor Pony, while inspiring and connecting people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage. We do this through education, as well as working closely with key partners, conservation bodies and Dartmoor farmers to secure the future of these beautiful animals and ensure their important role in Dartmoor’s ecology is recognised.

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When you become a Member, you play an incredibly valuable part in keeping these gorgeous animals on the moor. You support the dedicated farmers who care for them and our efforts to promote the Dartmoor Pony for conservation grazing, helping secure a long-term future for them.

How you can get involved

With the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust


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


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


From pony handling to IT support and fundraising, we’re always grateful for an extra pair of hands.


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.

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.

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.


Our work with schools and education


We welcome primary school children to our site at Bellever to learn more about the Dartmoor Ponies.


Secondary school students can learn about the ponies and their impact on
the moorland’s ecology and history.

special educational needs

DPHT has a strong track record working with young people with challenging behaviour or disabilities.

More about us

From the heart of the moor