360º Guide to Dartmoor

Dartmoor is an ancient unspoilt landscape of awe inspiring views, granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged wide open spaces in the heart of Devon. You won’t go far before you come across an Iconic Dartmoor Pony or some sheep that roam around freely.

Location/Facts

Dartmoor National Park is 368 square miles, making it the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. Over 35,000 ha (137 sq. miles) is common land. All the land in the National Park is owned by someone, even the common land.

Dartmoor served as the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes tale The Hound of the Baskervilles and has also played a significant role in modern cinema, acting as the backdrop for the blockbusting film War Horse.

Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe.

Accommodation
  • Airbnb, from £20 a night for a private room, while entire apartments/homes can start from around £40 a night, this would be my recommended option.
  • Hostel, YHA Dartmoor from £16.99 a night.
  • Camping, individuals and small groups are allowed to camp for up to two nights in the same place without asking permission. For more info click here.
  • Motorhome, Barley MeadowDartmoor Caravan ParkWoodland Springs Touring Park.
  • B&B & Guest Houses, there are plenty to choose just decide if you want self catering or not from £30 to £150 a night.
  • Stay at the Inn, With plenty of lovely local pubs around, its the best place to hear some stories and find out some local knowledge from £50 – £100 a night.
  • Farm, from £30 – £300 a night.
  • Hotel, There are few from the small family run and then the luxury hotels like the 5 star Bovey Castle and Gidleigh Park. Prices start from £40 – £350 a night.
Getting Around
  • Bus, Haytor Hoppa a circular service that covers the eastern side of Dartmoor. Prices adult £5, senior £4.00, child (5-15 years) £2, family £10 (up to 2 adults and 3 children)
  • Car, is by far the easiest option just remember the 40mph speed limit, this is to protect the cattle, sheep and ponies who freely roam the moor and can wander onto the roads at any time. Check out Rhino Car Hire
  • Cycling keep the moor car free and yourself fit, check out the Dartmoor Way for routes.
  • Taxi, Mooreland Taxis 01626 835095.
  • Motorhome, Some of the roads around Dartmoor are quite narrow, have width and length restrictions so check where your going.
  • Walking/hiking, With so many routes available across the landscape, you can enjoy a variety of walks at all different times of the year. Follow a suggested route or join a guided walk.
Things To Do
  • Babeny (explore beautiful Dartmoor on Horseback)
  • Becky Falls
  • Bovey Castle
  • Brentor
  • Buckfast Abbey
  • Buckland-in-the-Moor
  • Burrator Dam
  • Canonteign Falls
  • Castle Drogo
  • Dartmeet (No animals until spring 2018)
  • Dartmoor Zoo
  • Fingle Bridge
  • Haldon Forest Park
  • Haytor Rocks
  • Lydford Gorge
  • Okehampton Castle
  • Pennywell Farm
  • Princetown
  • River Dart Country Park
  • Spitchwick
  • Widecombe-in-the-Moor
Where To Eat & Drink
  • Badgers Holt
  • The Cridford Inn (possibly the oldest inn in the UK dating back to 825AD)
  • Dartmoor Inn
  • The Dartmoor Inn
  • Fingle Bridge Inn
  • Old Inn (15th Century)
  • Plume of Feathers (18th Century)
  • Rugglestone Inn
  • Tavistock Inn
  • Two Bridges Hotel
  • Warren House Inn (19th Century)
Where To Find Them
Helpful Tips
  • Do not rely entirely on your phone or a GPS unit, as signal isn’t always available.
  • If your driving remember the 40mph speed limit.
  • Check the firing range danger areas if walking on north Dartmoor.
  • Wear walking boots, not trainers as they don’t support your ankle and may cause you to slip.
  • If the weather deteriorates do not hesitate to turn back
  • Get £30 off your first Airbnb trip of £55 or more click here.

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