Dartmoor

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Places to stay in Dartmoor

Dartmoor is famous for its wild, rugged landscape, thanks to its large concentrations of granite that form tors, or rock-outcropped hills. Many of Devon's rivers flow into Dartmoor and have also played their part in shaping the moors.

The area has a long history of settlement dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, as evidenced by the numerous cairns and standing stones that can be found throughout the park. Dartmoor itself seems to act as a lodestone for all kinds of myths and legends, and you'll hear more than a few tall tales in the local pubs!

 
Hostels in Dartmoor
Hostels in Dartmoor

Dartmoor is well-served by YHA's offering of hostels and camping barns, including YHA Okehampton on the northern edge of the moor and YHA Dartmoor right in the heart of it. Runnage and Great Hound Tor camping barns provide even more accommodation from which to explore Dartmoor.

 

Five Free Things To Do In Dartmoor

Walking
The Castle Drogo to Fingle Gorge walk is one of the most popular in Dartmoor, offering spectacular riverside views and woodland trails.

Lustleigh
The quiet village, tucked away in a wooded area, is like something out of a fairy tale - thatched roofs and ancient monuments abound, making it a great destination for a day out.

Lydford Castle and Saxon Town
This mediaeval castle complex on the edge of Dartmoor is notorious for the harsh punishments meted out there in olden days. The earthworks of the original 11th-century building can still be seen.

High Moorland Visitor Centre
The visitor centre in Princetown is full of information and exhibitions about Dartmoor's history, culture and wildlife, including short films and artefacts.

Burrator Quarries
These disused quarries near a tranquil reservoir are a great place for a day out, and provide access to trout fishing for those with a permit.

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