With granite exposed hilltops and ancient tors, both rugged and beautiful, Dartmoor National Park is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England and a great location for Mid Devon holidays and South Devon holidays. An area steeped in ancient myths and legends, Dartmoor is a magical place to visit. The jagged tors, rolling hills, and Neolithic monuments create the mystical atmosphere of this unique and beautiful place.
This breath taking National Park offers a diverse and sometimes ominous landscape, with rolling valleys, ancient woodlands and startlingly beautiful heather-covered moorland. It’s easy to feel like you’ve entered another world when visiting Dartmoor.
Every year Dartmoor attracts thousands of walkers, cyclists and nature lovers to its vast and wild terrain. The moors are great for both those wanting to enjoy a slower pace of life, and those looking to get active. Why not enjoy the fantastic scenery by horseback, passing wild Dartmoor ponies as they graze and trotting through woodland and bridleways? The moors are also popular with those interested in letterboxing and geocaching, both providing a fun way to explore the open expanses of countryside, whilst seeking hidden caches and boxes.
There are numerous guided walks organised throughout the year, offering you the opportunity to learn more about the landscape and its fascinating past. More recently, Dartmoor was used as the setting for Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie, Warhorse, which you can discover with guided walks in both Haytor and Princetown.
Dartmoor Zoological Park also has links to Hollywood with the 2011 film, I Bought a Zoo, being based around the story of the current owners purchasing the zoo. You won’t find Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson at the park but you will find tigers, lions, wolves, monkeys and many more animals spread across 33 acres of Dartmoor National Park with stunning views across the countryside.
a diverse and sometimes ominous landscape, with rolling valleys, ancient woodlands and startlingly beautiful heather-covered moorland
On the outskirts of Dartmoor is a Miniature Pony Centre which is a great family day out. At the park you can get up close and personal with ponies and can even take a ride on them. There is also plenty more animals to meet and an indoor and outdoor play area to keep the little ones entertained.
If you’ve worked up an appetite after an afternoon stroll or would simply like to enjoy a cold beverage in a beer garden, then Dartmoor has plenty of traditional pubs and restaurants to satisfy your needs. Renowned for its delicious local produce and fantastic real ales, we highly recommended that you try what’s on offer during your stay in Devon.