Discovering Dartmoor: on patrol with the landscape detective

Relics of ancient Britain surround us, from bronze age burial mounds to stone rows older than the Pyramids. They may be easy to miss but look closely and you can read the story of the past in today’s countryside

Become a landscape detective, and you’ll not just see the new, the now; you’ll spot thousands of years of secret history layered and woven into the countryside around you, telling the story of what came before.

We’ve been tramping across the rough tussocks of Dartmoor for a couple of hours. Every now and then one of us yelps and disappears from view, knee deep in mire. If ever there were a British landscape designed for waterproof socks and hillwalker’s gaiters, even in summer, it’s this one.

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