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Beautiful South Devon is not only known for its spectacular coastal path and stunning beaches, but also its close proximity to the rugged, picturesque landscape of Dartmoor National Park.
Well within an hour’s drive of the South Hams, this is the perfect place to head for a day trip. Whether you fancy ‘letter boxing’, geo-caching, hiring electric bikes from The Dartmoor Electric Bike Company, horse riding, or simply walking in this unspoilt National Park, this really is a fascinating place to spend the day. The setting of many ancient tales, and the filming location for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film War Horse, you won’t be disappointed by Dartmoor’s exquisite beauty, a short distance from your holiday home.
Whether you’re looking for a challenging trek across windswept moors, or just a relaxing stroll through secluded woods, you’ve come to the right place.
Dartmoor has it all. Blaze your own trail, be a pioneer, explore and take the less trodden route. If you are a keen, confident walker, try one of our hard or moderate routes, gather your kit and head out the door.
If perhaps you are a little less confident of your surroundings, why not try a guided walk with one of the many superb walking groups or take advantage of the experience and knowledge of a walking guide.
Spitchwick Common (car park postcode TQ13 7NT)
Situated near Ashburton, this is a perfect picnic and wild swimming spot – visitors can enjoy relaxing on the common, before taking a refreshing dip in the river.
Cadover Bridge and Lakes (car park postcode PL7 5EH)
This stunning area is a great starting point for many walks and trails. With spacious green areas, perfect for setting down your picnic blanket, not to mention natural pools for the children to paddle in, this encapsulates everything you would expect from a family day on Dartmoor. An ice cream van often frequents the area too! Burrator Reservoir is also nearby, popular with walkers and cyclists due to its wealth of footpaths.
Haytor (visitor centre postcode TQ13 9XT)
On the south eastern edge of Dartmoor, Haytor has spectacular views. A famed beauty spot, near to the historic village of Widecombe-on-the-Moor with its popular pubs, why not climb the imposing granite Haytor rock, before heading back for a well-deserved lunch!
Wistmans Wood, Two Bridges, Princetown (carpark postcode PL20 6QF, adjacent to the Two Bridges Hotel)
This site takes it’s name from a small oak wood. This amazing woodland is important for the mosses and lichens that festoon the trees and the impressive granite boulders found on the site. However, this National Nature Reserve of 170ha mainly consists of a model example of the upland heathland and has a wealth of moorland birds. Wistmans Wood is in the Dart river valley and has views of wild Devon that you won’t find anywhere else in the country.
Bellever Forest, Postbridge
Bellever Forest near Postbridge is a beautiful place for a walk. Whether it’s a gentle stroll by the East Dart River or an exhilarating walk up to Bellever Tor it’s a beautiful and tranquil setting and a great place to visit with the whole family. It’s also a wonderful place to bring dogs for a walk, with plenty of space for them to burn energy and the beautiful river for a swim or a quick drink of water. It’s advisable to keep dogs on lead around the picnic area.
A circular route along forestry tracks with stunning views out across open moorland and the opportunity to make a detour up Bellever Tor. 3 mile loop.
A peaceful walk through the forest where you may stumble across silent hut circles, grazing ponies and even deer. 2.5 miles.
BROOK FARM, TOTNES
This delightful farmhouse is well-located for visiting Totnes and Dartmoor beyond. Situated in a peaceful rural spot, this
characterful, baby-friendly property is surrounded by a beautiful garden.
THE STABLES, CAPTON
A converted stone barn offering peace and tranquillity all year round, The Stables has a sunny terrace and a pretty, well-maintained garden – the ideal base to explore the beauty of the Devon countryside.
THE GRANARY, GOVETON
This fabulous rural barn conversion provides fantastic, well-equipped accommodation for a young family
looking for a peaceful retreat, within easy reach of the coastline, countryside and moorland.