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Published: 25 November 2019

Dogs and Devils

Dogs love Dartmoor as there are so many different things to scramble over and many different smells. It is good to remember that Dartmoor is a working landscape providing grazing for cattle, sheep and ponies both on the commons and in enclosed fields. The Dartmoor National Park have advice called Love Moor Life which asks that those visiting with a dog be responsible dog owners and observe these items:

Keep dogs on leads:

1. During the lambing and ground nesting bird season 1st March - 31st July

2. When near livestock

3. During warm weather when there is a risk of adders in the undergrowth

Never let dogs chase animals or birds:

1. A dog chasing livestock can cause the sheep, cow or pony great distress

2. A farmer can legally shoot a dog that is 'worrying' livestock

3. Ground nesting birds, such as the skylark, meadow pipit and curlew can be scared away from their nests by a loose dog.


1. Look out for ticks - livestock and wild animals do carry ticks and there is a chance that dogs and their owners may pick one up when visiting Dartmoor. If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible. Further information can be found HERE.

2. Make sure dogs are regularly wormed to protect it, other people and farm animals

The Dartmoor Devil

This is a 106km challenge with an audax altitude award of 2 points. It is an autumnal ride with entry limited to 200 riders and two phased starts at 8:00am and 9:00am, more details HERE.

Mixture of dog and devil?

Hound Tor. The name was first recorded in the Domesday book of 1086 as 'Hundatora' and is thought to have taken its name from the animal name 'hound'. Some say that the tor was formed when a pack of hunting dogs and their master were turned to stone after disrupting a witches ceremony. Who can now say. Hound Tor was however used as a location in the modern adaptation of Hound of the Baskervilles by the BBC in Sherlock.

Laura Braithwaite

Written By : Laura Braithwaite