“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Bovey Tracey


The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is a registered charity created to work with the pony keepers on Dartmoor to preserve the traditional type of native Dartmoor Pony. The Trust offers a range of services to support and assist the owners of Dartmoor Ponies on the Moor and has created a superb new Visitor Centre at Parke, Bovey Tracey, in partnership with the National Trust. The centre provides information and education for the public about the role of the ponies on Dartmoor, and is a ‘showcase’ for these ponies. Visitors can interact with ponies and a range of courses for learners of all ages and abilities is available.

The Centre is now established as a unique educational resource for the west of England, using ponies as a platform for learning for young people with a variety of abilities and behavioural issues.

Free Guided Walks at Bellever with our qualified Moorland Guides
Enjoy a 2 to 3 hour walk around this wonderful moorland site, learning about the ponies, the environment and the ancient people who lived here. For families, groups, schools; minimum of 6 people per walk.

During your morning or afternoon visit you will learn how the tough Dartmoor ponies are integral to the management of the Dartmoor landscape. Pupils will also discover how Dartmoor was formed and how Bellever, which sits in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, has changed over the past 3 million years, through the influence of weathering and man. We tick lots of National Curriculum boxes and offer a really DIFFERENT day out!

Sessions are led by an experienced and qualified guide leader, who can tailor the material to suit children aged 8 to 16 yrs.
These walks taken at a steady pace. The terrain is partly tracks and roads, partly moorland and forestry, so good, waterproof footwear and warm, windproof/waterproof clothes, over several ‘layers’, plus an appropriate hat for the weather are all advised! Sun cream when sunny and windy too.

Meeting Point unless stated otherwise is Bellever Forest at Postbridge car park (SX646 788). Not the Visitor Centre car park but across the road in the woods.
Dogs allowed – on leads only.

Call 01626 833234 or email admin@dpht.co.uk

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Picnic Area

Disabled Access

Guide Dogs permitted

Toilets for Disabled Visitors

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