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Halls Cleave – A Quiet Corner

Deep in Fingle Woods, in a quiet corner of Hall’s Cleave, a pint-sized stream carries pure Dartmoor water from the springs in the hills above. Day and night, it babbles enthusiastically to itself, tumbling through the woods along its 2-mile journey to the River Teign. For so long it has been neglected in the darkness…

Heavy Horses Fingle

May’s Fingle Lecture: Heavy Horses

May’s Fingle Lecture will take place next Thursday the 3rd of May. We will be joined by Will and Alex Hampton from Dartmoor Horse Loggers. We’ve frequently used Heavy Horses in Fingle to assist with our woodland management because of their flexibility and low impact. Will and Alex will demonstrate how maneuverableand versatile their horses…

Going Over Old Ground

Heavy horses have once again been proving their worth in the woodland restoration at Dartmoor’s Fingle Woods. Since the Woodland Trust and National Trust took over the site four years ago, local timber logging horses have demonstrated how, by using traditional methods of woodland management, the gradual restoration of coniferous woodlands can be done in…

Heavy Horses this holiday season

Fingle Woods is heaving with heavy horses this festive season. Beano and William from Dartmoor Horse Loggers are back with their new friend Polly (and handlers Will and Alex). Before Christmas they will also be joined by Kate Mobbs-Morgan from Rowan Working Horses and her horses Kipp and Sol. Together they are busy clearing conifer…

Group of walkers meet Heavy Horse by river Teign

A Living Tradition: Heavy Horses in Action

On Thursday the 30th of March the heavy horses, Beano and William, along with their handlers brothers Will and Alex, returned to Fingle Woods. The horses will be extracting timber, felled over the winter, to help improve habitat in an area being surveyed for Marsh Tits, a woodland species which is in severe decline. They…