• Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor

    Image ID
    FOT971537
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    28.9 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    5360 x 3560 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    454 x 301 mm
    17.9 x 11.9 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Wistman ancient wood woodland moss rocks Devon Dartmoor stock image stock photo
    Description
    Wistman's Wood is one of three remote copses[1] of stunted oaks on Dartmoor, Devon, England. It lies at an altitude of between 380–420 metres in the valley of the West Dart River near Two Bridges, at grid reference SX613770. Wistman's Wood is a rare relict example of the ancient high-level woodlands of Dartmoor, and because of this it has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1964,[2] and is an NCR site. Its name probably derives from Wisht-man's wood, the vernacular word wisht meaning pixie-led or haunted.[3] The wood consists mainly of stunted pedunculate oak trees that grow from between moss-covered boulders and are festooned with epiphytic mosses, lichens and ferns. There are also some rowan, holly and willow trees. Over the centuries the wood has changed considerably. In 1620 Tristram Risdon wrote that the trees were "no taller than a man may touch to top with his head".[3] In 1912 a geological survey party tried to walk the wood but gave up due to the dense vegetation. In the early 1970s the trees were reported as being very distorted and on average 10 ft high, with occasional specimens over 25 ft.[4]
    Uploader
    David Siddons
    Contributor
    David Siddons
    Date Taken
    2011-05-11
    Uploaded on
    2012-05-26
    Collection
    Sylvan collection
    Category
    Nature
    Sub Category
    Woodland
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Eye level
    People
    Without people
    Dominant colour
    #101000
    Sales History
    • Editorial; retail magazine; Country Living September 1/8 page