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Dartmoor

Dartmoor National Park is situated in the county of Devon, stretching from Okehampton in the North to Ivybridge in the South. Renowned for its iconic Dartmoor Ponies, stunning views, dominant granite tors, deep wooded valleys and wide open moor with swathes of heathland and fast flowing rivers. This stunning landscape offers opportunities to experience a range of activities from horse riding, walking, cycling, rock climbing or simply soaking up the wild, unspoilt atmosphere.

Dartmoor
Dartmoor
Dartmoor

The moor takes its name from the River Dart and, at its highest point of 621 metres, it is the source for many Devon rivers, providing the energy to drive many past industries such as tin-mining and quarrying.

The famous outcrops of granite, known as Tors, are the focus of the annual Ten Tors Challenge when 2400 youngsters take different length routes between Tors, involving camping overnight supported by the British Army based at Okehampton.

Pre-historic remains date back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age era and displays, such as standing stones and hut circles, can still be seen today. Famous myths, legends and ghost stories such as the Hairy Hands and Jay’s Grave have inspired writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Hound of the Baskervilles) and used as film locations (War Horse).

Today the visitor centres at Haytor, Postbridge and Princetown provide a wealth of information about walking (Two Moors Way, Templer Way), guided walks, wild camping (Dartmoor is the only National Park you can wild camp in), letterboxing, geocaching, white water kayaking, rock climbing, horse riding, cycling and even angling.

Attractions include the South Devon Railway, the stunning Lydford Gorge, National Trust properties like Castle Drogo, gardens, lakes and of course the dramatic Dartmoor prison at Princetown – inspiration for Dickens’ classic book ‘Great Expectations’.

Vibrant Dartmoor villages dotted through the landscape offer traditional Dartmoor produce, events and hospitality at its best.