“ 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.

10 Free Family Activities on Dartmoor

Dartmoor offers a wide range of free activities that families can enjoy together.

We’ve put together some fun and interesting ideas:

Walking: Dartmoor National Park has numerous walking trails and footpaths, allowing you to explore the stunning moorland scenery. There are routes suitable for all ages and abilities, ranging from short strolls to longer hikes see them here.

Picnicking: Pack a picnic and find a scenic spot to enjoy a meal amidst the beauty of Dartmoor. There are plenty of grassy areas and picturesque locations where you can relax and have a picnic with your family. 5 lovely ideas here.

Letterboxing: Engage in a treasure hunt-style adventure by participating in letterboxing. Have a look at the information on our dedicated page here. It’s a fun and interactive way to explore Dartmoor while searching for hidden treasures.

Wildlife Watching: Dartmoor is home to a variety of wildlife, including ponies, birds, and deer. Take a wildlife spotting walk and see if you can spot any of these creatures in their natural habitat. Remember to keep a respectful distance and observe from afar.

Tors Exploration: Dartmoor is famous for its granite tors, which are large rock formations. Kids especially enjoy scrambling over these rocks and exploring the unique landscapes they create. Try visiting some well-known tors like Haytor or Hound Tor, or others mentioned here.

River Dipping: On a warm day, you can cool off by dipping your feet (or even taking a swim, if appropriate) in one of Dartmoor’s rivers or streams. Always ensure you choose a safe location and supervise children near water.

Cycling: Bring your bicycles and enjoy cycling on Dartmoor’s designated cycle routes. There are trails suitable for different skill levels, and you can enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery as you pedal along. Wonderful cycling routes and bike hire here.

Visit Ancient Sites: Dartmoor is rich in history and has various ancient sites, such as stone circles and burial chambers. Explore these sites, and let your family imagine what life was like in the past, lots of great suggestions here.

Nature Exploration: Dartmoor has diverse habitats, including woodlands, heathlands, and rivers. Encourage your family to explore these environments and discover the unique flora and fauna that call Dartmoor home.

Stargazing: Dartmoor has minimal light pollution, making it an ideal place for stargazing. On a clear night, take your family out to a dark spot on the moors and gaze up at the stars. It’s a magical experience that can spark curiosity and wonder.

Enjoy your time exploring Dartmoor as a family!