The whole of the Dartmoor National Park is imprinted with hillwalking, biking and riding routes, which enables you to visit some of Dartmoor’s most celebrated archaeological sites, covering 368 square miles.
Anyone with a mind for legend and mythology will be delighted by a Dartmoor holiday cottage as this whole area is simply steeped in folklore. The park is preserved as a National Park, gaining its status in 1947.
The distinctive tors that make Dartmoor derived from volcanic magma piercing the earth’surface roughly 295 million year ago, then cooling into the rock mounds we see today.
A selection of historic abbeys and Iron Age knoll forts are scattered across the tors, while the really adventurous can try their hand at letterboxing across the moor, a tradition started in the mid 1800’s.
Historians will be charmed with the wealth of historic monuments, such as citadels, burial chambers, natural stone circles, stately mansions and historic churches.
Dartmoor ponies are currently an official Endangered Species.
Dartmoor is a marvelous place for rock climbing, hiking, rambling and hillock ambling. For breathtaking panoramic views, trek to the top of High Willhays, lovingly known as the 'Roof of Devon. Themed paths are also offered, which are a splendid way to appreciate the extraordinary moors and have a bit of fun along the way! For example treasure tracks and murder mysteries bring the moor to life and will capture the imaginations of the younger walker.
For a more extraordinary experience, why not take a Dartmoor Llama Stroll from Newton Abbot, the trails run all year round and include a picnic! Dartmoor has a military history stretching back over 200 months of the year, and is still used by troops on exercise today.
Visit one of the striking Abbeys such as Buckland or Buckfast, go for an stroll around Lyndon Gorge, with its exquisite waterfall and ravine, or take a step back in time to Finch Foundry, the last working water fuelled forge in England.
Visit Drogo Castle. This was the last castle to be made in Britain.
A number of museums can be found right the way through the area, while the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey gives an original day out for the kids.
For a true leap back into a golden age, look no further than the Dartmoor and South Devon Railway, which offer good landscapes of the rural landscape through which they travel.
The once a year fair from the renowned song ‘Widecombe Fair’ is still held each September at Widecombe in the Moor and is a attraction for all the family.
The Drewerstone, Branscombe Loaf and Cheese and Fitz’ are among the most incredible folklore sites and stories of ghost legends and tales from deep in the mines.
There are interesting country gardens and the vintage railway. You can shop for nearby delicacies at busy farmers' markets.
Brimblecombe Cider Press additionally gives a tour around their operation followed by some much appreciated samples!
Put up your feet over dinner in a snug Dartmoor inn or relax and watch local Morris dancing.
Self catering cottage in this area can be anything from a log cabin, barn conversion to a picture postcard cottage, situated in a picturesque village with the local amenities on hand, to an isolated farmhouse near Dartmoor.
Bovey Tracey is named after the river Bovey, it has a attractive cob and a good blend of shops, every other Saturday you will find the local market taking place selling local produce.
The attractive market town of Tavistock situated in the middle of West Devon with the river Tavy flowing through the centre is a place of natural beauty and the perfect spot for a holiday cottage.
Okehampton has been a visitor destination for over 2000 years, offering a wide selection of shops and tea rooms. The castle ruins are just outside the town centre along the river Okement
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