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Mar 3, 2013
Out and About

Visiting Wistman’s Wood, aka Little Fangorn

Pretty much all of Dartmoor has a Lord of the Ringsy kind of feel to it (or more accurately a Hobbitony/The Shirey kind of feel) but a recent visit to Wistman’s Wood definitely gave some of the other Tolkienesque locations I’ve seen a run for their money.

The floor of the wood is covered with chunks of granite from which the twisted trees of the wood grow. They might not be as big as Tolkien’s Ents but their gnarled and gnarly shapes are full of character and if you squint really hard it almost looks like some of them have faces.


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According to its Wikipedia entry Wistman’s Wood is “one of three remote copses of stunted oaks on Dartmoor, Devon, England” and “a rare relict example of the ancient high-level woodlands of Dartmoor”. To me though it’s a little slice of Middle Earth.

It’s also a site of special scientific interest and there’s a fine of £20,000 for anyone who damages the trees, though I’m not sure how they’d prove it unless some of the trees are Ent policemen (policements?).

About a five mile round walk from a small car park opposite the Two Bridges hotel, near Princetown, it’s definitely worth a visit for anyone looking to get their Hobbit on.


Mark is a freelancer who specialises in creative copywriting and content creation. Starting out as a freelance blogger he's experienced at putting his copywriting skills to work on a variety of subjects and can easily turn his hand to different styles. In his years as a freelance writer he's always brought a creative edge to everything he's written. 

In addition to being a freelance copywriter and a hard-working wordsmith Mark has also forged other forms of content for the web and print working as a photographer, video editor and a general content creator on a freelance basis. 

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Based in Devon Mark lives within questing distance of the UK's Middle Earth aka Dartmoor. He likes his detectives hard-boiled, his eggs runny, and his time travel non-paradoxical.

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