Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles – the largest and wildest area of open country in southern England. Described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as ‘the wild and empty moor’, but there is much more to craggy landscape of The Hound of The Baskervilles. Yes, the moor is high at 2,00 feet above sea level, yet there are many sheltered spots to live in. Despite the recent weather of the last two years there has been little experience of flooding, unlike other areas of the Westcountry.
Throughout the year Dartmoor is an exceptionally beautiful place to live or visit, with wide open moorland, deep wooded gorges and river valleys, beautiful lake-like reservoirs and tumbling rocky rivers. Dartmoor was designated as one of the National Parks of England and Wales in 1951. The National Park is named after the River Dart, whose source rises on the moor, with the West and East Dart rivers merging to form the River Dart at Dartmeet. Surrounding the moor is some beautiful Devon countryside.
Unlike many areas of the Westcountry, the landscape remains the same and is strongly protected. The planners have been resilient as the granite outcrops, allowing little development and no wind farms and the development of renewable energy been so far restricted to ground sourced heating and hydro schemes.