At the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, the ancient oak forest of Wistman’s Wood is one of few woods left in England that date back to prehistoric times, and it’s an eerily beautiful sight. With its dramatically twisted oak trees climbing with lichen, giant moss-blanketed boulders and a backdrop of heather-dappled moors, it’s an enchanting landscape and a favorite among hikers, dog walkers and naturalists. The unique setting of Wistman’s Wood has also given rise to a number of myths and legends surrounding the woods. Depending which tale you believe, the woods are inhabited by a pack of ferocious Yeth hounds, haunted by the devil or home to a troop of mischievous fairies.
Wistman’s Wood is a nature reserve located within the Dartmoor National Park.