'(I have) Never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.' -Steven Spielberg
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 Spielberg'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!’
With locals pitching in as extras, and the wild, rolling Dartmoor landscape setting the tone of the film, Warhorse is intrinsically a part of Dartmoor history.
See for yourself the intensity of the moorland, protected by National Park status, and explore the windswept moors and secluded woods.