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Dartmoor National Park
Once a high altitude woodland, Dartmoor is now a dramatic moorland, with rolling hills topped with craggy tors, bogs and wetlands, waterfalls, a large amount of neolithic monuments and a few rare examples of ancient high altitude woodland that have survived until today.
Dartmoor with its ancient history and heritage has many stories of folklore to more modern stories like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles and many Agatha Christie novels. In fact, Sabine Baring-Gould, once Squarson of Lewtrenchard Manor, was inspired to write many books both fiction and non-fiction related to the moor. One his more important works was ‘Songs of the West’ which first recorded many folk songs including, amongst others, Widecombe Fair.