Wistman’s Wood – Devon

Wistman’s wood lies on Dartmoor near Two Bridges, Princetown, Devon. It’s known for being one of the only three remote high-altitude oak woods on Dartmoor. The walk through the moorland was amazing, with the weather managing to change quickly from a heavy drizzle to bright sunshine.

As soon as you enter the wood you get the feeling you could be anywhere in time. The twisted tangles of oak branches, each covered with moss and lichen gives the wood a sense of magical mystery.


Dotted between the oak trees are huge boulders also carpeted in green. Some of the limbs are dripping with Usnea lichen which hang down like beards.


The different colours of moss and lichen were stunning once the sun came out.


The woods have many mysteries and folklore surrounding them and although it was sunny while we spent time there, with the ravens and buzzards calling over heard and smaller birds hopping through the labyrinth of branches it was easy to imagine being part of a fairytale.





About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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9 Responses to Wistman’s Wood – Devon

  1. moraglucy says:

    Ahh lovely photos Alex. I can’t believe I haven’t visited this ancient woodland yet. Especially as I’m fairly local!

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  3. It’s a magical place, we joke that it is a portal to the underworld!

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  4. What a lovely, stark landscape, Alex. I am glad you were able to visit it.

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