Beyond its natural beauty, Dartmoor National Park has a rugged historical depth. It is shrouded in a tapestry of myths and legends that have captured the imaginations of both locals and visitors alike for centuries. Join us on a journey to uncover some of the intriguing tales that have woven themselves into the fabric this beautiful place.

A large expanse of wild land with unpredictable weather and untamed foliage, many walkers visitors claim to have seen strange creatures on the moor, even today. It is no wonder that in the past, tales and legends surrounding the area were rife.


The Hound of the Baskervilles

Perhaps the most famous legend associated with Dartmoor is the story of "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this gripping tale tells of a demonic dog haunting the moors and terrorising the Baskerville family.

Though a work of fiction, the eerie atmosphere of Dartmoor and strange sightings add an air of authenticity to this enduring legend.

Dartmoor Landscape
Dartmoor Landscape (Amelia Averis)


The Pixies of Dartmoor

Step foot onto Dartmoor, and you might just find yourself in the realm of the pixies. According to local folklore, these mischievous and elusive creatures dwell in the ancient stone circles and mossy hollows of the moors.

It is said that those who show them respect may be rewarded, while those who offend them may find themselves subjected to playful pranks.


The Ghostly Hare of Widecombe

In the picturesque village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, a haunting legend resides. It tells the tale of a phantom hare that appears during thunderstorms.

Locals believe that seeing this spectral creature foretells misfortune or even death. This legend has been passed down through generations.


The Wistman's Wood Spirits

Nestled within Dartmoor lies Wistman's Wood, an ancient forest filled with gnarled oak trees and moss-covered rocks. It is believed that these eerie woods are home to spirits and supernatural beings.

According to legend, the trees themselves come alive at night, whispering secrets and casting spells. Wandering through this mystical woodland can leave visitors with an otherworldly sense of wonder.

Wistman's Wood
Wistman's Wood (Amelia Averis)

The Lady of the Lake

Dartmoor's rivers and tarns hold their own tales of enchantment. One such legend speaks of a beautiful maiden, known as the Lady of the Lake, who emerges from the depths of the water to bestow blessings upon those who encounter her.

It is said that she possesses the power to heal and bring good fortune, making her a figure of both awe and reverence.

Amelia Averis
(Mystical Lake in Dartmoor National Park)

These captivating stories add an extra layer of magic to the already enchanting moors. Whether you choose to believe in these tales or simply appreciate them as part of Dartmoor's rich cultural heritage, exploring the land where these legends were born is an experience that will leave you with a sense of wonder and intrigue. So, venture forth and immerse yourself in the mystical world of Dartmoor's myths and legends.