Designated one of the National Parks of England and Wales in 1951. It is a beautiful moorland landscape with wooded valleys and wind swept Tors. 369 square miles (953 sq. km.) in area, with about 31,000 people living in it, and where about 10 million visits are made each year.
All the land is owned by someone and the public are permitted to roam freely on unenclosed, open moorland on both foot and horseback. There are also about 600 miles of public rights of way. Dartmoor is a rich habitat for wildlife and has a wealth of archaeological remains.