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Wistman's Wood

Wistman's Wood

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  • Trail Magazine

    Dartmoor is famed for its granite-topped tors and windswept uplands, but one of its most magical spots is tucked in a cleft in the moors just north of Two Bridges. Stepping into Wistman’s Wood is like entering a fairytale forest. Ancient oak trees twist and writhe into intricate tangles. Emerald mosses velvet the boulders beneath, ferns feather the branches, and clumps of lacy lichen decorate the twigs. Walking to the wood is straightforward; walking through it is an adventure as you negotiate your way through the tumble of rocks (and keep an eye out for the red-eyed hell hounds said to haunt this place).
    Jenny Walters, Country Walking magazine features editor

    • July 9, 2020

  • InForAPenny-InForAPound

    Mystic Magic Forest from the Kingdom of Tolkien. The grove is not very big, but worth a visit.
    Since the forest is only about 1.8 km from the road, you have to expect to share the magic of Wistman's Wood.
    Sample hike: southdownswalking.com/wistmans-wood-bellever-tor-dartmoor-walks

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    • November 28, 2017

  • David

    These Ancient Oak woodlands are steeped in folklore and gave rise to Sherlock Holme's Hounds of Baskerville. Spend a night if the woods if you dare! Realistically there is nowhere to sleep in the woods as the woodland is established in a boulder field but it is still worth a visit in the dark!

    Another similar woodland is found in the North West corner of Dartmoor called Black-a-Tor Copse near Meldon Reservoir.

    • April 30, 2018

  • Dan Hobson

    Wistman’s Wood is like something from a children's story. The atmospheric woodland of dwarf oaks and jumbled boulders, covered in dense, surreal moss, is eerie and enchanting. Any moment you could imagine a fairy flying past. Most likely a leftover from the ancient forest that covered Dartmoor around 7000 BC, the woodland is a genuine journey back in time.

    • October 9, 2018

  • Chris Lu

    If the small parking lot at Two Bridges is overcrowded, you can continue on the B3212 towards the Postbridge, then park in a bay and cross the sheep pasture on the trail towards Wistman's Wood.

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    • August 19, 2018

  • Paul

    Best just to walk round the wood as it is a nature reserve and fragile site. Too many feet will do harm.

    • January 7, 2021

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Location: Devon, England, United Kingdom

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