Tucked away in the valleys and gorges of Dartmoor you can discover woodlands of all shapes and sizes. These are natural havens, supporting wildlife in all its diversity, from the smallest of birds to the largest of mammals, with fungi, wildflowers and a wonderful world of mini-beasts adding to the picture. The Woodland Trust owns many Dartmoor woodlands; some small, some large and one of a notably grand scale which is Fingle Woods in the Teign Valley. This is the Woodland Trust’s most recent acquisition and will be a working example of woodland restoration for many years to come.
Whether you are walking your dog, looking for a secret spot for quiet reflection or out and about for a wild adventure, the Woodland Trust will have something to suit you.
Here are a few of the varied woods around Dartmoor:
Shaptor near Bovey Tracey is one of the more quiet woods. Follow the long and winding paths and mighty granite tors will be revealed, towering among the mixed and ancient woodland.
Grey Park Wood at Buckland in the Moor sits in a picturesque valley where Ruddycleave Water, a tributary of the Dart, tumbles by.
Creason Wood beside the river Tavy near Mary Tavy is in a hidden spot and suits those looking for a moorland adventure in a small and secluded wild woodland.
Walking and cycling in the extensive Fingle Woods may lead to a face to face meeting with a herd of charcoal grey fallow deer, before they disappear into the depths of the woods.
You are welcome in all Woodland Trust sites. Look out for special events and volunteering opportunities, particularly at Pullabrook Wood in the Bovey Valley and Fingle Woods near Moretonhampstead.
See more at the Woodland Trust website www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Written by Matt Parkins