With 368 square miles of unspoilt beauty, Dartmoor is the place to experience freedom - unadulterated, dramatic, and inspiring freedom. It’s the kind of place you can just venture into, camping out under the stars, or dipping into here and there to uncover hidden gems of pubs, culture and natural wonders. Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England, and it really feels like it.
Dartmoor is a gift for lovers of ancient history. There’s plenty of evidence of prehistoric settlement around Dartmoor, with the Bronze Age period seeing a larger population moving into the area. From around 1000 BC much of the moor was abandoned due to cooler weather. In the Medieval period settlers returned to Dartmoor, continuing the practice of building houses from the area’s abundant resource – granite.
Things to do
With the largest concentration of Bronze Age remains in the UK, there is plenty for the modern antiquarian to discover on Dartmoor. But if you want something a little more exciting than Bronze Age barrows and spectacular scenery, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get your pulse racing. There are over 450 miles of public rights of way, so walkers and cyclists have lots to discover, but you can also choose to go climbing or canoeing. With rivers, dramatic Tors and rolling countryside, Dartmoor is one big adventure playground with something for everyone. And of course, nothing is more popular on Dartmoor than its wild ponies, so make sure you take the time to look out for these beautiful animals.
Cycling on Dartmoor
Cycling is a great way to explore Dartmoor and see large parts of the wonderful landscape. Travelling by bike allows you to easily stop and take in the amazing views and Tors which can be found across Dartmoor.
For details on cycling routes in South Devon take a look at the cycle Devon website.
Food and drink
After a day canoeing, climbing or walking nothing can beat a hearty home cooked meal made from delicious and fresh local produce found in one of the many wonderful pubs dotted across Dartmoor.
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An interesting village with a large open space in front of the church. Originally a market area, it is now put to regular use for community events. Views from Ugborough Beacon, just over the A38 from the village, are among the best in South Devon. Th
A very pretty Dartmoor village about 2 miles southwest of Moretonhampstead. White thatched cottages encircle a large village green.
A delightful moorland village in the Dartmoor National Park with an active farm and farm shop (Holne Court) and tearoom for passing walkers and visitors. The village is the perfect stop off point for Two Moors Way. Fishing and walking on the river...
On the road from Exeter over the moor to Moretonhampstead, Dunsford occupies the topmost reaches of the Teign valley in glorious countryside. Th famed Daffodil woods are close by as well as the Steps Bridge over the Teign.
A tiny village 8 miles northeast of Plymouth, on the fringe of Dartmoor. No through routes make for a quiet environment. Close to Cadover Bridge, a popular picnic spot, with easy access to the moor. Daramatic clay workings to the east of the village
Princetown is the highest village within Dartmoor National Park, and just about at its heart.
It is the home of Dartmoor Prison, once incarcerating category A criminals such as the Kray brothers. These days however Princetown is...
Ashburton is a lively town nestled on the southern side of Dartmoor. Home to many antique shops, galleries, book shops and a variety of eateries it is the perfect place to while away a few hours.
Ashburton was an important centre...
On the southern flanks of the Haldon Hills, Trusham is another near-perfect looking traditional Devon village with cob and thatch houses set attractively round the church. Strangely, Trusham has links with heavy industry - Quarrying and railways have
This is one of Devon's "dream villages" nestling on the edge of the Moor with a medieval church made up of stone quarried on the Moor, and a cluster of thatched cottages overlooking the woodland of Holne Chase - a very popular tourist attraction. Th
A tiny village almost on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, 3 miles northwest of Buckfastleigh. Set in wild beautiful moorland. Direct access to open moorland walks, including Scorriton Down with a well known stone circle. On the Two Moors Way. There is a
Surrounded by spectacular countryside Moretonhampstead is an ancient market town and an ideal base for outdoor activity holidays as well as being home to a thriving crafts community with a number of open studios and galleries that you can visit...
The attractive village set high in the Teign Valley close to the Kennick and Tottiford reservoirs, has a breathtaking countryside all around. It is a former mining area - tin, sliver, copper and manganese all mined locally. There is a church (with a
This fascinating town has a history dating back over thousands of years. Prehistoric remains have been found in the caves at Rock, while an Iron Age hill fort overlooks the town. Today the town is thriving and is a perfect base if you want to...
Vibrant, lively and with a touch of mystery surrounding it, you’ll discover that Buckfastleigh is one of the most diverse towns in South Devon. The town is dominated by the Benedictine Buckfast Abbey and is a mix of ancient and modern attractions...
A pretty village next to Haytor, the most famous tor on Dartmoor, and the Granite railway - built to ship stone to Teignmouth docks. Mining history surrounds village - the remains of Silverbrook lead and zinc mine, closed in 1858,
Picture postcard village close by Lustleigh Cleave - a steep sided tree covered valley with the Teign running along it. Wonderful walking territory. 13th - 16th Century church, copious traditional cob and thatch pub, local shop, tea room, accommodati
High above the Teign Valley at 800 feet stands Hennock. Quiet and peaceful, this small village clusters around its shop, church and pub and lies close to the beauty spots of the Kennick and Tottiford reservoirs.
Scattered village just across the Teign valley from Lustleigh. Beautiful views all round. Manaton rocks includes the formation known as "The Bowerman's Nose" a much photographed landmark on Dartmoor. Close to the famous Becky Falls.
The village that everyone knows through the popular song (Tom Pearce and his Grey Mare). Widecombe is a big draw for visitors the world over.
Attractive, well kept village on the fringe of Dartmoor, just off the A38. Remains of watermills and a windmill (on the moor). Interesting church, pubs and local shops. Bronze age remains on Dartmoor.