Witness War Horse’s bleak and beautiful backdrop

Dartmoor, Devon

For many filmgoers one of the strengths of the hugely successful ‘War Horse’ was the bleak but beautiful backdrop of Dartmoor in Devon.


The story centres around Devon farm boy Albert, who seemingly loses his beloved horse to the horrors of war.

Much of Steven Speilberg’s film of the novel was filmed on the moor at Sheepstor and Meavy, and perhaps the most recognisable location is Ditsworthy Warren House, where Albert lived with his family.

There are other locations for visitors to enjoy too, alongside a Devon ale. The Devon-based author of the original novel, Michael Morpurgo, wrote the story after meeting war veterans at his local pub in Iddesleigh, mentioned in the film when Albert shouts: ‘Race you to the Duke of York!’

Film buffs should visit Dartmoor in September in time for Chagford Film Festival.

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