Things to Do in Dartmoor
Where do we start? For walkers choose from a challenging walk across the windswept moorland or why not take a relaxing stroll through the wooded valleys and past waterfalls. There are plenty of circular walks to choose from like the War House walk starting at Yelverton, named after the famous book and film by Michael Morpurgo. Or pick up the Two Moors Way which crosses Dartmoor and onto Exmoor. If you need any walking guidance pop into one of the Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centres in Haytor, Postbridge or Yelverton.
Dartmoor is popular with cyclists and has some great options for road cyclist’s and mountain bikers alike. If you like a challenge then you follow the Dartmoor route of the Tour of Britain and cycle the roads that climb and drop dramatically over the moor. Mountain bikers can do the Granite and Gears rides from Princetown with options of a 10km or 30km route. For families who want a flat route then why not take the Wray Valley Trail from Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead, following the dismantled railway line through the National Trust Parke Estate and the lovely village of Lustleigh.
There are a few riding stables where you can take an organised ride across the stunning moorland. Most cater for all levels and give you the opportunity to explore Dartmoor away from the roads and footpaths.
Have you heard of letterboxing? This activity which combines orienteering and puzzles, originated from Dartmoor and is a fantastic way to explore the area. Find one of the many letterboxes scattered across the moor follow the clues left inside to get to your next destination.
Dartmoor is also great place to kayak the white waters or climb the tors with many local companies offering day courses to learn these skills.
There are plenty of places to visit on Dartmoor. Head to Princetown and visit the Dartmoor Visitor Museum and discover what life was like inside the famous 200 year prison. Or drive to Castle Drogo, a historic house and gardens with views across Dartmoor or explore Buckfast Abbey, the only restored English medieval monastery that is used again for its original purpose.
Other family friendly Dartmoor Attractions include, Becky Falls, an ancient woodland parks with amazing waterfalls, Dartmoor Zoo set in 30 acres and run by Benjamin Mee who wrote the book We Bought a zoo which was made into a Hollywood film or visit the River Dart Country Park with its low rope course and waterside pirate ship.