Devon’s starring role as the filming location for Warhorse

It’s not just the story of War Horse which has captivated movie goers but the breathtaking Dartmoor landscapes which form the backdrop to the blockbuster set in the First World War.

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg admits he fell in love with beautiful Devon as he and the cast and crew enjoyed several weeks there last year filming the story of a farm boy who joins the army to search for his beloved horse, enlisted by the cavalry.

“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,” he told The Independent. “And with two and a half weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities that were offered to me.”

Spielberg intended to spend just a few days on Dartmoor but decided to increase the shoot after realising its potential and several villages pop up in the film, including Meavy and Widecombe-in-the Moor. Ditsworthy Warren House, an isolated Grade II listed building near Sheepstor, doubled up as the Narracott’s family farmhouse and many scenes were shot in the surrounding area.

You can visit the filming locations used in War Horse and enjoy War Horse walks. Go to the Dartmoor National Park Authority‘s website or www.moorlandguides.co.uk for more information.

For more filming locations in Devon and across the UK, buy The British Television Location Guide.

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