A HISTORIC longhouse on Dartmoor will be explored by the public with guided walks on offer as part of the annual Heritage Open Days this month.

The open days are part of a national celebration of England's rich cultural and architectural heritage, and take place between tomorrow (Friday) and Monday.

Dartmoor National Park Authority will be marking the occasion with free guided walks of the longhouse site at Higher Uppacott, Poundsgate.

Higher Uppacott is a traditional Grade I listed medieval Dartmoor longhouse owned by the Authority.

It is still relatively unaltered and contains many historic features.

Walks to the Dartmoor longhouse will take place tomorrow and Sunday between 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm.

The Authority says pre-booking is essential.

There will also be a tour of the remains of a medieval settlement at Houndtor, near Manaton, which was inhabited from the 13th to 15th centuries and excavated during the 1960s.

The guided walk of the settlement takes place on Saturday.

For further details, or to book a place, telephone Dartmoor National Park Authority's High Moorland Visitors Centre, Princetown on 01822 890414.

Heritage Open Days are co-ordinated by the Civic Trust with funding from English Heritage and support from the Department for Media, Culture and Sport, Royal & Sun Alliance, The History Channel and the Council of Europe.