Dartmoor National Park Travel Guide
Dartmoor National Park
Typical Dry-Stone Wall
Aboard The 359 At Chagford
Magical place all 4 seasons
Can get too busy in the summer, Bitterly cold in the winter
In a nutshell
One of my top favourite places in the UK
The Dartmoor ponies have been recorded living on the wild and inhospitable moors since the Middle Ages, the ponies are a particularly hardy breed with excellent stamina and are not really wild animals, but are all owned and protected by Dartmoor Commoners, who let them out...
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...
Hay Tor Rocks
One of the most popular destinations in the eastern part of the Dartmoor, Hay Tor is also a beauty spot par excellence. At a height of 457m it provides views until the sea and over large parts of the beautiful scenery of the moor. Surrounded by fern, heath and gorse which...
Rising to a height of 335m, Bren Tor (or Brentor, as it is also spelt sometimes) is one of the most easily visible landmarks in the western part of Dartmoor. What makes it worth a visit is the tiny church on top. A barren rock in the middle of nowhere - not exactly a...
Buckland is another small village in Dartmoor NP and famous for its beautiful surroundings as well as its tiny church with a rather curious church clock. The village is not exactly easy to find as it is hidden deep in the woods and scattered over the hills surrounding the...
Widecombe (pronounced "widdicom") is a small village in the middle of Dartmoor. By small, I mean approximately 50 inhabitants. In comparison with other Dartmoor villages, this makes it almost a city. Hence, Widecombe's church is nicknamed the "Cathedral of the Moor". It is a...
A beautiful and not too difficult 2-hour round hike takes you to South England's deepest gorge and highest waterfall at once. Lydford Gorge is 10km away from Tavistock at the westernmost area of Dartmoor. It is owned by the National Trust, meaning you have to pay a rather...
Robertson's Organic Cafe: 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...
Rugglestone Inn: 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...
Andy Martin's Entertainment: Mobile Disco on the Moor
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
Written Nov 21, 2006
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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...
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...
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...
Dartmoor Livestock: if you find an injured animal.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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