Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor National Park

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Wistman's Wood is one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, England. (The other two are Black Tor Beare on the West Okement at SX565892 and Piles Copse on the River Erme at SX644620.)GeographyIt lies at an altitude of 380–410 metres in the valley of the West Dart River near Two Bridges, at grid reference SX612774.The source of the Devonport Leat, at a weir on the West Dart River, is just north of the wood.Preservation statusThis is one of the highest oakwoods in Britain and, as an outstanding example of native upland oak woodland, was selected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1964. It is also an NCR site and forms part of the Wistman’s Wood National Nature Reserve. The wood was also one of the primary reasons for selection of the Dartmoor Special Area of Conservation.DescriptionThe wood is split into three main blocks, which in total cover about 3.5 ha . These occupy sheltered, south-west facing slopes, where a bank of large granite boulders is exposed, and pockets of acid, free-draining, brown earth soils have accumulated. It is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and has been managed since 1961 under a nature reserve agreement with the Nature Conservancy Council, English Nature and Natural England. There is no active management, but many people visit the site on foot, and cattle and sheep have free access where the terrain permits, outside of a small fenced exclosure in South Wood.
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  • My husband had looked up this place. Good walk up to the woods which weren’t as spectacular as we imagined but it was a lovely walk and if you go up on the tor the views are wonderful.  more »
  • Visited on a moody afternoon with heavy clouds and strong winds giving the woods a claustrophobic feel. The trees are covered in lichen and mosses giving the area an otherworldly feel. Worth visiting ...  more »
  • Weird and scary.... nature stunted. Stunning. Respect the woods or I reckon you will be punished. Ghostly  more »
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  • a nice little spot for a walk :-) if Google tries to take you to powdermills pottery don't listen.... access is via a track that leads off the road by a white cottage opposite the two bridges hotel.
  • A magical spot, defying both the harsh weather and altitude, it's easy to see why the oak grove woods have been special for hundreds if not thousands of years. The nearby Bronze Age hut circles, and tor, are a must see. Good parking, at Two Bridges, with the woods easy to approach (on foot only) with stunning views across open moorland.
  • A magical ancient oak wood, tranquil, peaceful, a place for quiet contemplation.
  • A gentle stroll from the nearby carpark in Two Bridges this is a lovely oak wood that to remind us of more ancient woodland we're in danger of losing. Well worth an explore.
  • Very old oaks(quercus pedonculata) aproximatif 400-500 years.
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