Dartmoor National ParkThe spectacular Dartmoor National Park is a short 20 minute drive from the house and offers 368 square miles of unspoilt, dramatic beauty. Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England, and is home to a an array of animals including the infamous Dartmoor ponies. With the largest concentration of Bronze Age remains in the UK, there is plenty to discover on Dartmoor and there are also plenty of outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, bouldering and more to get your pulse racing. Dartmoor offers over 450 miles of public rights of way, so walkers and cyclists have lots to discover. With rivers, dramatic Tors and rolling countryside, a day on Dartmoor would end perfectly with delicious and fresh local produce in a Dartmoor pub.
Take a look below at just some of the circular walks you can do on Dartmoor. These may range from a couple of miles, to 12 miles+ so please check your distance before embarking on a route. Some of these routes will be challenging and some easy, some moderate and others guided walks.
There are many opportunities for exploring Dartmoor by bike, with a range of routes to suit everyone. Dartmoor has an extensive network of quiet lanes and designated cycle routes. There are also over 350km of bridleways and byways within the National Park for mountain bikers to explore.
White water sports
The Dart has some of the best mid grade white water in the UK, making it a popular destination for canoeists and kayakers. Coupled withthe spectacular scenery and peaceful surroundings, this makes a great day out. Hire is available as well as experienced instructors.
Climbing and Bouldering
Dartmoor's granite tors provide some of the finest climbing spots in the UK. The tors offer excellent climbing and bouldering for all abilities from beginner to seasoned expert. There is enough space in this wonderful wilderness to climb alone or as part of a group.
Famous for its wild Dartmoor ponies, the moor is home to an abundance of wildlife. Rabbits, foxes, otters, badgers, grey squirrels, weasels, stoats, hares and deer are just a few creatures you may spot as you explore this rugged landscape. Cattle and sheep also roam freely on the moor.
National Park Visitor Centres
Dartmoor National Park Authority manages three Visitor Centres on Dartmoor - Princetown, Postbridge and Haytor - and it also supports Local Information Points throughout the Dartmoor area. Information assistants are friendly, knowledgeable local people.
Dartmoor's rivers, lakes and waterfalls are superb and unspoilt spots for wild swimming enthusiasts. Sharrah Pool on Dartmoor is a 100 metre crystal clear stretch of the River Dart, between smooth granite boulders. Access is by foot, around 40 min walk through ancient woodland.
One of the characteristic features of Dartmoor, it's many tors are wonderful to visit and explore. There are footpaths leading to many of these and you can enjoy either leisurely strolls or day-long hike - the options are endless.
Hawking Falconry Experience
Dartmoor Hawking Falconry Centre on Dartmoor provides experience days and hunting days with hawks, falcons and owls, for adults and children. The centre also offers hands-on Falconry Experience, hunting with hawks and falcons, eagle flying, and Falconry from horses tuition.