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Breathing Space

PUBLISHED: 17:06 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:56 20 February 2013

Photo by Tom Wilkinson

Photo by Tom Wilkinson

Dartmoor – where people and nature live side by side. Photo by Tom Wilkinson

Dartmoor where people and nature live side by side. Photo by Tom Wilkinson


Dartmoor is an area of exceptional natural beauty. The granite massif rises out of the Devon lowlands to form a dramatic landscape with a distinctive geology, flora and fauna. Thousands of years of human activity has modified its form, but in less intensive ways than elsewhere in Britain. On the moor there is still space for people and nature to live side by side.


Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles, making it the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. The role of the Dartmoor National Park Authority is principally to conserve the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of Dartmoor, and to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of them.
As it celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, we look at some of the work being undertaken by the DNPA, with the help of volunteers, to maintain those very special qualities.

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