“ 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.

6 Things to do in Dartmoor as a Couple

Dartmoor provides plenty to do for every type of guest. Whether you’re visiting to simply soak up its idyllic landscapes, or you’re seeking to ramble amidst its historic wonders, there’s something for all.

Visiting Dartmoor as a couple is the perfect way to spend quality time together. Find a variety of unique places to explore such as its many tors, mythical waterfalls, and inviting independent eateries.

Sykes Holiday Cottages have highlighted their top 6 things to do as a couple whilst visiting Dartmoor…

1. Soak in Dartmoor’s Dark Skies

What could be more romantic than spending a night under the stars? Dartmoor has the ultimate conditions to stargaze, with very little light pollution and an abundance of natural spots from which to unwind beneath the stars. It also offers the chance to see nighttime nature that you might not usually get to experience. Keep a look out for tawny owls, or perhaps you might even hear the call of the nightjar.

Pack some cosy clothes for your stay and head out to immerse yourself in the beautiful night skies of Devon. Our favourite locations include Haytor and Teign Valley.

You can find out more about local stargazing experiences with Go Stargazing.

2. Visit Bellever Forest

Enjoy a ramble amidst the stunning scenery of Bellever Forest. Here you can expect to find nature of all kinds, not forgetting Dartmoor’s famous free-roaming ponies!

Listen to the soothing sounds of the East Dart River, or tackle a ramble up to Bellever Tor – you’ll find plenty of walks for all abilities. It also makes a great space for your canine companion to enjoy if you’re on a pet-friendly escape.

3. Take a tour of Alder Vineyard

A family-run business, Alder Vineyard provides a lovely day out at any time of the year. Learn about the history of the site’s 5000 vines all while indulging in wine tasting.

End the day with some tasty treats from on-site Devon Kitchen, sampling local cheese to accompany your delicious, award-winning beverage. Be sure to pick up a souvenir to take back to your Dartmoor cottage too!

4. Try a new outdoor activity

There’s so much outdoor adventure waiting to be discovered on Dartmoor. Why not try something new this holiday?

Whether horse riding in Dartmoor National Park, wild swimming at Sharrah Pool, or a couples day canoeing on the River Dart, you’re sure to find an exhilarating activity to suit you both.

5. Explore Dartmoor’s National Trust wonders

Dartmoor is home to a selection of exquisite National Trust properties including Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo, and Finch Foundry, all of which are well worth exploring.

Enjoy a day rich in history all while being surrounded by the scenic beauty of the National Park. There’s a whole host of National Trust activities in Dartmoor to get involved in as well!

6. Immerse yourself in nature

Be sure to take the time to explore all the natural beauty that Dartmoor has to offer. Whether exploring by foot, bike, or boat, there are many ways which you can observe this wonderful National Park.

And what better way to truly surround yourself with Dartmoor’s natural delights than with a rustic stay in a log cabin? Make the most of a secluded escape and spend quality time with your loved one amongst truly remarkable scenery.

Find out more things to do as a couple in Dartmoor on our website, or check out Sykes’ Dartmoor Travel Guide for even more inspiration.