Dartmoor was awarded National Park status in 1951 and incorporates an area of 953 sq. km. of spectacular moorland, countryside and villages in the heart of Devon in South West England. An area renowned for walking and horseriding with vast expanses of windswept tors, wooded valleys and moorland landscape,
Dartmoor has a unique and special atmosphere. In addition to the famous ponies, the Park provides a rich habitat for plant life, butterflies and birds.
With pony trekking, climbing and cycling, quaint villages to explore, Dartmoor has something for everyone. Visit the White Lady Waterfall cascading into the leafy woodland of Lydford Gorge; or spot a kingfisher along the riverside path near Fingle Bridge; alternatively discover one of the pretty villages or towns or if you are feeling more energetic take a hike along the Two Moors Way, one of many of the 400 miles of paths to be found on the Moors.
Visitors with an archaeological interest can expect to find plenty of historic sites and monuments including Neolithic stone circles and tombs like Spinster’s Rock; remnants of Bronze Age round houses at Grimspound and Iron Age hill forts.
For centuries the beauty and mystery of Dartmoor has captivated writers and poets. From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles to Kitty Jay, whose tragedy enthused John Galsworthy to write The Apple Tree, myth and legend shroud these Moors.
At the Three Crowns in Chagford cavalier Sidney Godlolphin still haunts the corridors and in Widecombe-in-the-Moor the legend of old Tom Cobley lives on.
Many annual events run throughout the year on Dartmoor including the Goose Fair at Tavistock and the famous September fairs at Widecombe.
Local produce is high on the agenda in the many picturesque Dartmoor country pubs as well as the numerous farmers markets at Okehampton and Buckfastleigh where the local produce includes speciality cheeses, preserves, free range eggs, wild mushrooms and berries.