Dartmoor National Park Travel Guide

  • Crockern Tor
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    Rippon Tor from Buckland Beacon
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Dartmoor National Park Things to Do

  • Wistman's Wood

    Nowhere conjures up the spooky mood of Dartmoor more than Wistman’s Wood. Legends abound about how this small remote wood of dwarf, stunted oak trees hanging with beards of lichen and moss have attracted ‘Wisht Hounds’ - a “pack of huge black dogs with blood red eyes, huge yellow fangs and an insatiable hunger for human flesh and souls” according...

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  • Buckland in the Moor

    This picturesque village with a population of less than a hundred lies in a secluded valley under Buckland Beacon, just a few miles north-west of Ashburton. Most people drive to Buckland-in-the-Moor to look at the thatched cottages and St. Peter’s Church. Thatched buildings were commonplace in Devon many years ago, but the number has steadily...

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  • Crockern Tor

    One of the most characteristic features of Dartmoor are the numerous tors that crop up amongst the landscape. I use that term because they are, in actual fact, outcrops of granite that have been weathered over the years to form these unmistakeable icons of the moor. There are well in excess of a hundred tors and most of them have a name, and there...

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  • Walking

    With hundreds of trails, Dartmoor is a hiker's heaven. Those who are really fit and have the time will probably attempt to do the Two Moors Way from Dartmoor to Exmoor, but even for those who just want to go for a little walk there are dozens of places. Stop your car on one of the many little parking lots and just start walking over the soft...

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  • Haytor

    Haytor or Hay Tor and the adjacent Haytor Rocks are granite outcrops on Dartmoor that are very popular with coach parties and walking groups. It is 457 metres (1,499 feet) to the summit and provides excellent views of the coastline, the Teign estuary and the amazing countryside. Hey Tor derives its name from heah high and is the most visited tor on...

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  • Clapper Bridge

    This horse packing Clapper Bridge was constucted by tin miners and farmers in the 13th century. Large granite slabs weighting 8 tons each, balanced on granite posts. As you can see from the photo you can still walk across it today, the larger bridge was constructed in the late 1700s. I have read Clapper Bridges are unique to Dartmoor apparently,...

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Dartmoor National Park Restaurants

  • Remote Wayside Inn

    If you’re driving across Dartmoor it’s inevitable that you’ll come across The Warren House Inn.The B3212 crosses the moor from east to west and between Moretonhampstead and Postbridge lies this remote public house.At 434m above sea level it’s the highest inn in Southern England and a magnet for tourists using this road, so should I have put it...

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  • The Best Pizza of the Moor

    Technically speaking, Tavistock is not part of Dartmoor anymore. But as it is just behind the borders of the national park, I include the tip here. After all, when you are getting hungry while hiking in the western part of the moor, this might be the best place to appease your hunger! Robertson's Organic Cafe's pizza is among the best I've ever...

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  • Great Food in the Middle of Nowhere

    The Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe was recommended by our hosts at Corndonford Farm. They said it would be the best place to eat in the moor. Well, it certainly is a great place for some superb pub food! Popular with locals and visitors alike, it tends to get crowded in the evenings. So if you want to eat there, a reservation is necessary. The...

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Dartmoor National Park Nightlife

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    Andy Martin's Entertainment: Mobile Disco on the Moor

    by iris2002 Written Nov 21, 2006

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    You wouldn't believe it - but there IS a nightlife on the Moor :)

    I found this on the web and thought it will be funny to add it as a tip ...

    Mobile Moor Disco

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Dartmoor National Park Transportation

  • Getting Around Without A Car

    Much of Dartmoor is a true wilderness and the best way to experience it is to get off the beaten paths and walk - but bear in mind that walks should be well-planned and appropriate clothing and provisions taken with you.There's nothing that you could really call a "main road" into, or across, the moor but rather a couple of major minor roads and a...

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  • Getting to Dartmoor by Car

    Given this is proper English countryside, Dartmoor is best visited if you have a car. Although being in the south west of England, in Devon, it is a long-ish drive from London, the Dartmoor National Park is well-served by a number of major roads.M3 and M4 motorways take you south-west from London, where you can get closer following M5, which will...

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Dartmoor National Park Shopping

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    The Shoppe on the Green: All Those Things You Can Not Live...

    by freya_heaven Updated Jan 4, 2005

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    There are little gift shops all over Dartmoor, especially in the popular tourist areas such as Widecombe, Dartmeet, all the larger boundary town such as Tavistock, Bovey Tracey, Mortenhampstead.

    Character t towels, mugs, pixies ( there are real pixies on Dartmoor!) clotted fudge & toffee, day release t shirts from the infamous high security Dartmoor prison etc etc the list goes on. You can pay more in some places thank others, but non of it is very expensive. Children will have a field day in these gift shops.

    You can even get Devonshire clotted cream sent to your home.

    Derek & Freya, at Widecombe Shop
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Dartmoor National Park Local Customs

  • HMS Dartmoor

    Hunt-class Minesweeper Hunt Class minesweeping sloop built by Dunlop Bremner was of the early Belvoir group and designed by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company. They were classed as Fleet Minesweeping Sloops; ships that were intended to clear open water. The Belvoir group were originally named after British fox hunts. However, they were soon renamed...

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  • Farming On The Moor

    Despite Dartmoor's reputation as a wilderness about 90% of the land within the National Park is in fact farmland, and has been for about 4,000 years. I too was surprised to discover this, even after I'd lived on the moor for a couple of years and had gotten to know many of the farmers. Much of the land is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and the...

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  • The Dartmoor Pony

    There are roughly 3000 hardy wild ponies on Dartmoor, all owned by someone and are left to roam the moors as they please. There have been ponies on Dartmoor since at least the 10th century with evidence they may have been there even as early as 2000 BC. Many used for working in the old tin miles, granite railway & even for the Dartmoor Prison...

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Dartmoor National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Dartmoor Livestock: if you find an...

    I know it seems extremely obvious, but it does bear saying again: If you are driving on Dartmoor, go slowly (40 miles per hour is the limit and you don't need to even go that fast - why rush the views???).Slow down on Dartmoor campaign:http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/auspeedvisorpr06Livestock roam freely on Dartmoor and are regularly hit by cars. If...

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  • Weather!!

    The Moor gets on average 88 inches of precipatation a year - that's a lot of rain! Sometimes it's just "Townie Rain" falling vertically from the cloud-laden overhung grey skies, othertimes a Devon blue clarity can swiftly become black as The Moor's particular micro-climate draws a storm cloud in much the same way that a magician pulls the fluffy...

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  • DO NOT FEED THE PONIES!

    Whilst the Dartmoor ponies may look a little unkempt and uncared for at times and perhaps even a little wild othertimes, especially when the rain becomes horizontal, the fact is that all of them are owned and looked after by local farmers and that grazing naturally on The Moor is what they do.So please don't be tempted to feed them even titbits as...

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Dartmoor National Park Tourist Traps

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    Bog-holes and sheep poo

    by iris2002 Written Nov 21, 2006

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    :D WATCH OUT!!!!

    Unique Suggestions: wear decent hiking boots or walking shoes

    Fun Alternatives: ---- hmmm - take some old newspaper and a stick to peel it off your soles :D

    Traditional Dartmoor sheep poo
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Dartmoor National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Look at the walls...............

    ..............they are everywhere, stone-faced and entwined with tree roots, or standing bare and stern-faced against the wind. Some date back to prehistory, others to Medieval times. A close look will show the skill and craftsmanship involved. Take the time to notice.

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  • Grimspound - BRONZE AGE VILLAGE

    Grimspound can be seen in its entirety from the adjacent Hookney Tor and a photograph taken from this location is shown in the photo above, a high resolution image being available by clicking on it. (You will have to disable Internet Explorer's annoying image resizing 'feature' to see it at full size, however.) It is advisable to choose a...

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  • The Quarry

    Just behind Haytor on the south of Dartmoor, is this gorgeous hidden little granite quarry, bits of rusted equipment dotted around which adds a "days gone by" atmosphere. There is also a small lake in the centre of the quarry, which was frozen over on the occassion we visited in the photo.I don't think too many people know about this place, I have...

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Dartmoor National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Pony Trekking

    Beginners and more experienced horse riders all agree that riding across Dartmoor is hard to beat. You can ride out on the open moor - provided that it’s common land . trot along woodland trails and bridleways, or follow in the hoofprints of ancient medieval traders along historic byways linking towns and villages. If you don’t have your own horse,...

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  • Horseriding

    I have to admit I am not a horseriding fan myself, but I have a friend who has been up on to the moors riding many times & she loves it. I can certainly see the attraction beautiful open moorland, you dont have to far from the road to be off the beaten track. You can take lessons or just go off riding.There are many riding schools to choose from up...

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  • Walkers

    You see many walkers all over the Moors, from the hardcore with walking poles, gaters, OS maps & compass who head off in to the depths of the moors to those whe stroll up to the Tors and along the river foorpaths.There are plenty of organised walks from 2 hours up to 6 and even night hikes. Check out the website below for organised walks also there...

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Dartmoor National Park Favorites

  • Dartmoor's Dark Skies

    With its sparse population and tracts of uninhabited moorland Dartmoor can be spectacularly lit-up on clear nights. Only the larger villages and towns have street lighting and so you don't even have to be too far out on the Moor to escape the light pollution of civilization.On a clear, moonless, night you will get the full array of constellations,...

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  • Discover The Undiscovered Dartmoor!

    Here's a press release I got in my mail box today from the Dartmoor National Park Authority:Granite cross discovered by walkers on Dartmoor"A previously unrecorded granite cross has been discovered by a group of walkers close to Great Nodden near Bridestowe on northern Dartmoor. Ron’s Ramblers - Ron Johns, Mike Smith, Bill Furneaux, Ed Squires and...

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  • Dry Stone Walling

    Dartmoor has the UK's largest concentration of granite, much of which is exposed above ground level. This thus made granite the natural choice as a building material for pretty much everything including houses, churches and bridges ever since time immemorial. Another common use has been for wall-building to mark field boundaries and to line the...

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Widecombe in the Moor
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Crockern Tor
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Haytor Rocks
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