“ 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.

Beautiful Autumn Days to Enjoy on Dartmoor

On Dartmoor every season has its highlights and pleasures, but somehow the slowing of the pace of life, the incredible leaf colours and those magical misty mornings of October and November just can’t be beaten. 

Halloween and Half Term are approaching, and there will be lots of fun events happening at the Family Attractions.

The Garden House Oct 15th – Nov 28th

Bring the children and discover the wonders of The Acer Glade at The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum. This is an eagerly awaited highlight of the year in the garden with spectacular autumn hues (from mid-October to mid-November), delivered by an abundance of Japanese maples in a glade running from the top of the garden down to the ornamental bridge.

Cosy places to enjoy fabulous food

The temptation of a crackling log fire after a brisk walk enjoying the red and golden glow of the turning leaves and fading ferns cannot be ignored! 

Many of our wonderful Dartmoor pubs, hotels, cafes and tea rooms offer the real luxury of a wood burning stove or open fire, I’m sure they make that fabulous warming meal taste even more delicious! The choice of places to eat and drink is extensive on Dartmoor.

Dartmoor Whisky Tasting Experience

Dartmoor Whisky Distillery invites you to come and visit Devon’s only whisky distillery and learn how single malt whisky is made, from barley field to nosing glass in our Whisky Tasting Experience. This tasting experience is the perfect afternoon activity for any whisky lover, a group of friends or family visiting the area, a birthday or celebration, or would make an amazing gift any time of the year.

Where to Stay?

Hard to choose, there are so many wonderful places to stay depending on what suits you and your family. 

Have a look, click the links below!


And let’s not forget the much-loved family pet…
plenty of DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION on and around Dartmoor.

Canonteign Falls by Night 6th November

As the clocks turn back join us for a special lantern walk around the Lily Lake and see the stunning Clampitt Falls all lit up.

The snack bar will also be open selling hot chocolate and delicious soup to warm you all up after your walk. Normal admission price applies. 

Please bring torches as it gets very dark! 


There are lots of ways to explore and enjoy Devon and Dartmoor, whether on foot, by bike or on the back of a horse; but by far the most popular is by walking. We have found that circular walks are the most well-loved, so here we have a large number for you to choose from.

Dartmoor Bookshop

If you’re looking for a good Dartmoor book to read, have a browse in our new online shop, more titles to be added soon.

And finally, keep an eye on our What’s On pages as Halloween, Half-Term and (sshhhhh!) Christmas approach!