Case study: Dartmoor Landscape and Access Plan

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Wildlife Wood­lands were com­mis­sioned to write a land­scape and access strat­egy for the Post­bridge and Bellever area of Dart­moor National Park.  This was to sup­port work being under­taken as part of “Moor than meets the eye” is a Her­itage Lot­tery funded project.

The objec­tive of the plan was to col­late and ratio­nalise the range of walks and inter­pre­ta­tion in the local area, and bring together the dif­fer­ent vis­i­tor offer­ings from a range of dif­fer­ent organ­i­sa­tions, includ­ing the National park and the Forestry Com­mis­sion.  The main attrac­tion of the local area is the amaz­ing Bronze Age archae­ol­ogy, and the vis­i­tor cen­tre at Post­bridge is being themed on that basis, with a major exhi­bi­tion of the archae­o­log­i­cal remains found at White­horse Hill.

Our work included sur­vey­ing all the exist­ing walks and vis­i­tor infor­ma­tion, propos­ing a ratio­nalised and linked set of routes for the future, and out­lin­ing inter­pre­ta­tion pro­pos­als for the walks.  We also under­took a wide con­sul­ta­tion with local peo­ple and local busi­nesses, which enabled the plan to link more closely with the vil­lage, and other busi­nesses nearby.

The aim of this work is to encour­age longer stay times in the local area, encour­age a wider aware­ness of the amaz­ing Bronze Age archae­ol­ogy of the area, and sup­port local busi­nesses, while reliev­ing pres­sure on some other over-visited sites in the National Park.

 

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