If you like the idea of hiking across Dartmoor but fancy something a bit different than the traditional Tor chasing, why not suss out the locations used in Spielberg’s War Horse? Dartmoor found a new wave of international fame in 2012 when it was used as the backdrop to the Hollywood adaptation of the novel, and the locations make for some lovely walks.
Spielberg was so in awe of Dartmoor’s natural beauty that he’s described it as a character in the film, and he revised the film to include more shots in the area than he had originally planned. Locations used include the area surrounding the enchanting Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Haytor, Sheepstor, the little known village of Meavy and many more. The great news is that hikers have their pick of the areas that shimmered on the silver screen, and they’re as unspoilt as they were for the centuries before Hollywood discovered them.
The village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a small village right in the heart of the national park, and it not only makes a picturesque base for a hearty Devon hike but it’s also an interesting place to spend some time. The village is best-known for its mention in the folksong Widecombe Fair, and the event still runs each year – so the local shops are well-stocked with souvenirs depicting the rhyme’s characters and references to the historic fair.
Haytor will be a familiar name to any avid hikers, and it remains one of Devon’s most popular spots with walkers and visitors to Dartmoor.