Experience the Moor
Dartmoor is a rugged and captivating region in the Southwest of England, offering a remarkably diverse and utterly magical outdoor experience. Covering 954 square kilometres, this ancient landscape is characterized by rolling hills, vast granite tors, gorgeous green valleys, and pristine rivers.
The sensation of freedom, as you traverse wide expanses of heather and gorse clad terrain, is unparalleled. The moors are punctuated by iconic granite tors, such as Haytor and Hound Tor, providing not only breath-taking panoramic views but also a glimpse into Dartmoor’s geological history.
Dartmoor’s rivers, including the Teign, Dart, Okement and Tavy, offer opportunities for wild swimming, and picnicking along their banks. In contrast, the steep-sided valleys and open areas on the moor are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, with semi-wild ponies, shaggy highland cattle, lots of sheep and elusive birds like skylarks and the cuckoo.
The moor is steeped in history, evident through its prehistoric stone rows, bronze age settlements, clapper bridges, and not forgetting the eerie buildings and shadows of Dartmoor’s infamous prison!
Dartmoor’s dark skies offer exceptional stargazing opportunities. On a clear night, the absence of light pollution allows for a mesmerizing celestial display, plus of course the legendary sunsets and sunrises are a huge draw for photographers.
Dartmoor is a place where the elements, history, and nature converge to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you seek solitude and introspection or adventure and exploration, Dartmoor offers a myriad of possibilities that will leave you with lasting memories of this captivating wilderness.
Getting Active on Dartmoor
Nestled in the heart of Devon, Dartmoor National Park beckons adventurers with its vast expanse of 386 square miles, offering a wonderful choice of exhilarating opportunities for those seeking an active escape.
Lace up your hiking boots and traverse the rugged terrain, reaching the pinnacle of the highest tors on foot. The panoramic views from these lofty vantage points are a reward for the intrepid explorer.
For cycling enthusiasts, Dartmoor presents a challenge with its steepest hills, providing an invigorating ride through the undulating landscape across many designated trails.
Equestrians can choose a different perspective, hacking over the moor on horseback, forging a connection with nature and the rich history that permeates the area.
Dartmoor’s allure extends to water activities as well. Brave the elements with a cold dip into the crystal-clear pools during a session of wild swimming, an experience that connects you intimately with the untamed beauty of the moors.
Alternatively, embrace the waters through kayaking, navigating through the meandering rivers that carve through the landscape.
Thrill-seekers can take on the challenge of rock climbing, scaling the granite outcrops that punctuate the moor. Each ascent offers not just a physical feat but a chance to appreciate the unique geology of Dartmoor. Meanwhile, those seeking a more tranquil day can cast a line into the peaceful rivers, indulging in the leisurely pursuit of fishing amid the serene surroundings.
Staying on Dartmoor
Regardless of your taste or budget, you’ll find somewhere perfect to stay for your Dartmoor holiday. Our towns have luxurious boutique hotels, while there are lots of cosy B&Bs and holiday cottages in our villages and across the national park. If camping and caravanning are more your style, you’ll find the perfect place to pitch up.