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Enjoy a virtual tour of Dartmoor 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.
I love the moors and never get up there anywhere near enough, there is so much to see and do, I’ve hardly scratched the surface in all the years I’ve been going, let alone with my 360 camera in hand.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
One of my favourite things to see is the free roaming wildlife of which there are many including ponies, cows, sheep, lizards, adders and more. Just keep your eyes peeled especially while driving as they will just suddenly step out into the road in front of you. I often pull over into a layby where there are some ponies and they tend to be very tame, they may even walked over stick their head in your car window to say hi.
Adder Basking in the Sun
You may come across an adder basking in the sun while hiking, you’ll probably hear the hissing before you actually see it. Just stand still and it should disappear into the bushes. Do not try to touch or pick it up as they are the Uk’s only venomous snake.
The National park is a stunning place no matter the weather or time of year, if you’re anywhere near make sure you stop by.
Dartmoor National Park is 368 square miles, making it the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern UK. 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.
- One of the first National Parks to be designated in the UK in 1951.
- If your in the North East be aware of the Military firing range. Warning signals, red flags by day and red lamps by night, indicate that live firing is taking place within the range boundaries, which are marked by red and white poles. Find out more here.
- There are over 160 tors on Dartmoor. Tors are where the granite rock that is underneath Dartmoor shows through.
- High Willhays is the highest tor on Dartmoor and the highest point in southern England. Yes Tor is a modest 2 metres, a little over 6 feet lower in 2nd place.
- Wistmans Wood is Devon’s oldest woodland.
- 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.
- The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is a registered charity dedicated to the preservation of the Dartmoor pony breed. The pedigree and approved heritage Dartmoor ponies graze the forest, helping to keep the vegetation down and create diverse grassland areas for wildlife.
- Adders are the Uk’s only venomous snake. Though seldom fatal, adder bites can have nasty effects, including swelling, drowsiness, vomiting and diarrhoea, so you should always see a doctor straight away. Adders bite hundreds of people every year, but have caused only 14 fatalities since 1876 (and none since 1975).
The history of Dartmoor stretches back over millions of years. It’s hard to believe that this idyllic landscape was created by violent volcanoes, tropical climates and ice ages. Around 300 million years ago, the creation of Dartmoor’s famous granite rock began. Devon was once close to the equator, located on a boundary between two sections of the earth’s crust. These sections collided, causing volcanic eruptions which flowed over the land. As the magma cooled and hardened, it created the rock formations we see today. In the years that followed, the rock at the surface eroded away, exposing the granite underneath. This created the “tor” formations that can be found all over Dartmoor.
- Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. All over the moors you can find ancient settlements, stone rows and burial sites telling the stories of the people who once made this their home.
- 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. Get £25 off your first Airbnb trip of £55 or more click here.
- Hostel, YHA Dartmoor from £16.99 a night.
- Camping, from £6.95 per person, per night.
- Motorhome, Barley Meadow, Dartmoor Caravan Park, Woodland 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.
- Wild Camping, individuals and small groups are allowed to camp for up to two nights in the same place without asking permission. When planning your trip, make sure you check-out the Dartmoor Wild Camping map. All wild campers must adhere to the Dartmoor Backpack Camping Code.
- Avon Dam
- Babeny (explore beautiful Dartmoor on Horseback)
- Becky Falls
- Bellever Forest
- Bellever Tor
- Bovey Castle
- Buckfast Abbey
- Burrator Dam
- Canonteign Falls
- Castle Drogo
- Crazywell Pool
- Dartmoor Zoo
- Denham Bridge
- Fernworthy Reservoir
- Fernworthy Stone Circle
- Fingle Bridge
- Haldon Forest Park
- Haytor Rocks
- Laughter Tor
- Lydford Gorge
- Meldon Reservoir
- Meldon Viaduct
- Okehampton Castle
- Pennywell Farm
- Postbridge Clapper Bridge
- River Dart Country Park
- Tottiford & Trenchford Reservoirs
- Venford Reservoir
- Wistman’s Wood
- Badgers Holt
- The Cridford Inn (possibly the oldest inn in the UK dating back to 825AD)
- Dartmoor Inn
- The Dartmoor Inn
- Fingle Bridge Inn
- The Highwayman Inn (Britain’s most unusual pub, built 1282)
- Old Inn (15th Century)
- Plume of Feathers (18th Century)
- Rugglestone Inn
- Tavistock Inn
- Two Bridges Hotel
- Warren House Inn (19th Century)
- 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.
Remember Dartmoor has a 40mph speed limit to protect the cattle, sheep and ponies who freely roam the moor and can wander onto the roads at any time.
- Do not rely entirely on your phone or a GPS unit, as signal isn’t always available.
- Remember Dartmoor has a 40mph speed limit to protect the cattle, sheep and ponies who freely roam the moor and can wander onto the roads at any time.
- It is important to keep all gates shut in order to prevent cross-breeding with ponies from the surrounding area. Please do not feed the ponies.
- Beware of adders, the Uk’s only venomous snake.
- Camping, individuals and small groups are allowed to camp for up to two nights in the same place without asking permission. When planning your trip, make sure you check-out the Dartmoor Wild Camping map. All wild campers must adhere to the Dartmoor Backpack Camping Code.
- 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.
- Dogs must be kept on a lead in the presence of grazing animals.
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