Visit Dartmoor launches group itineraries

making one of the last great wildernesses in the UK more accessible to all

Visit Dartmoor, the official tourism organisation for Dartmoor National Park, has launched a range of itineraries aimed at group travel, making one of the last great wildernesses in the UK more accessible to all.

Situated at the heart of Devon, Dartmoor is an ancient landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. Steeped in history, Dartmoor also offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy absolute peace and quiet. The new series of itineraries showcase the most group-friendly hotels, highlighting top nearby attractions and activities.

Focusing on different themes and areas of the moor, each of the new itineraries could be used to enjoy a taste of Dartmoor on a wider tour of the South West, or could be combined as part of a longer visit to the National Park. The new itineraries include:

Active Breaks – Featuring bespoke guided cycling tours and walking.

National Trust – Turning the spotlight on two of Dartmoor’s fascinating National Trust attractions, Finch Foundry, the last water powered forge in England; and Lydford Gorge with its famous White Lady Waterfall.

Castle & Garden – Featuring Castle Drogo and Stone Lane Gardens with its mystical sculpture exhibition.

History & Heritage – Taking in the ancient stannary town of Tavistock and 700-year-old Buckland Abbey as well as the historic St Michael and All Angels church.

Arts & Crafts – Including a visit to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass.

Announcing the launch, Jo Butler, Visit Dartmoor Director said:

“Dartmoor is known for its stunning wilderness but visitors don’t always appreciate how much there is to do or know where to start. The concept behind the new itineraries was simply making Dartmoor easier to explore.

“This is the first year we have done anything targeting the UK group travel trade and group organisers. The itineraries have been really well received, both by Visit Dartmoor members and buyers at the recent South West Group Travel Fair.

“We will be developing a Dartmoor Folklore itinerary later in the year and will also be launching a new Group Travel section on the website. This will give more itinerary ideas, info on coach parking as well as venues that welcome groups.”

Richard Drysdale, Visitor Services Manager for Dartmoor National Park Authority, said:

“Dartmoor is too often visited and seen from afar rather than explored. These new itineraries allow groups to get to the heart of Dartmoor and understand what makes it such a fantastic place to visit and why it is a National Park – a jewel in the crown for the South West. We are delighted that Visit Dartmoor have developed these itineraries and look forward to working with them further on welcoming groups to Dartmoor”.

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