Magical place all 4 seasons
Can get too busy in the summer, Bitterly cold in the winter
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 on to the moors to graze for most of the year. It is actually illegal for...more
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...more
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 make a lovely colourful contrast to the grey granite, and not difficult to...more
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 suitable place for a church, isn't it? Nonetheless, a church has been on top of...more
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 church. Therefore, it doesn't provide a beautiful overall impression but...more
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 beautiful little church which is visible from every hill surrounding...more
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...more
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...more
Such a small Pub - SOOOOOOOOOOO much on the menu you will be startled.The main menu covers 4 chalk boards - excellent cusine and service.The deserts are also yummi and they have vegetarian options too. And I love the lambs-liver on mashed potatoes with mixed veg as a harty lunch after 4 hours of exploring the beauty of the moor.more
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
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
These wonderful Monastic crosses are dotted across Dartmoor. They were put here to guide the monks across the moor to and from the Abbys at Buckfast, Tavistock & Buckland, also travellers used them in the absence of paths, you could always see one cross from the last. Today it is a popular trail for walkers too.These crosses vary greatly in age...more
Fox hunting is native to England not really just to Dartmoor, but this is where we came across this hunt. Those of you who know me will know I am obviously very against fox hunting, they way the exhausted fox dies being ripped apart by a pack of dogs is just awful. Why these people are not content with drag hunting (a scent is laid for the hounds...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
: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
..............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.more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more