Explore the wildness of Dartmoor…
Dartmoor is a playground for those who love the outdoors. Walkers can reach deep into the heart of the moor and explore true wilderness, or ramble along river valleys before enjoying a cream tea. The moor is great for rock climbing, camping, mountain biking, paragliding and kayaking. There is so much to do, and in such a landscape!
Dartmoor became a National Park in 1951 and is a short drive away, offering an incredible wealth of interest. It is a wilderness that has awe inspiring walks, history and prehistory. Despite being Britain’s most southerly wilderness, Dartmoor is very accessible. There are lovely market towns around it and delightful ones within it.
- Tavistock is an ancient stannary town that dates back to before medieval times. It is known for its historical buildings, pannier market, individual shops and thriving farmer’s markets.
- Okehampton is known as the gateway to the moor and offers access to the military loop road that leads right onto northern Dartmoor; ideal for those that want to experience the moor from a car.
- Ashburton, on the east side of the moor is another ancient stannary town with individual shops and plenty of pubs and cafes.
- Princetown is right in the middle of the moor and was built around the famous prison constructed to accommodate Napoleonic prisoners of war in 1809. The town has many historical buildings and links to the Duchy of Cornwall. It also has Dartmoor National Park’s High Moorland Visitor Centre which has exhibitions, displays and a wealth of information about Dartmoor.
- Widecombe in the Moor – charming moorland village with thatched buildings, tea rooms and much to see. Famous for the old Widecombe Fair.
- Postbridge – perfect for exploring an ancient medieval clapper bridge which is right next to the road.
- Powder Mills Pottery – explore the remains of the old gunpowder mills that used to produce gunpowder for the quarries and mines on Dartmoor, then enjoy a cream tea in the pottery.
- Chagford is a popular, charming village with a wealth of interesting shops and eateries.