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
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
November 28, 2017
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
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
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