Dartmoor’s mosaic of habitats – heaths, bogs, grasslands and woods – may look wild but has been moulded by people and their livestock for millennia. Evidence abounds at Bellever of how people have lived and farmed through the ages, transforming woodland into heath and heath into grassland. Today, conservation grazing by Dartmoor ponies is recreating heath at Bellever and bog-building mosses are returning.
We take a gentle walk through these habitats, noticing the plants that form their basis, appreciating Dartmoor from an ecological perspective and, if we are lucky, seeing the ponies hard at work grazing.
Distance: 2 miles
Difficulty: Easy. We stay on paths, though these are uneven and muddy in places.
Dogs: Welcome on a short lead
What to wear: Clothes for all weathers. Any footwear you don’t mind getting wet and muddy.
Covid: Do not attend if you have Covid symptoms or have been advised to self-isolate. We will aim to keep 2 metres distance from those outside our household or group.
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