View from Dartmoor Checkwell Tor

Places to stay in Dartmoor

Welcome to Dartmoor

Explore the vast moorland of Dartmoor.

Well-known for its wild ponies, Dartmoor National Park is situated in Devon. This vast moorland is full of photogenic geographical features like forests, rivers, wetlands and tors - perfect for exploring. There's also great climbing, walking and cycling in the area.

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Things to do in Dartmoor

Five free things to do in Dartmoor


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


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 medieval 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.

The wild moorlands of 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!

Climbers on Haytor, Dartmoor

Climbing in Dartmoor

The Dewerstone, Haytor or Sheeps Tor offer some of the best climbing and bouldering opportunities Dartmoor has to offer. Visit the UK Climbing Dartmoor web page See UKC details of Dewerstone,&nb


High Moorland Visitor Centre

Find out about Dartmoor and its history, culture and wildlife, and explore the gallery here which has regularly changing exhibitions.

Family looking at a marine aquarium

National Marine Aquarium

Journey through the oceans of the world from the local shoreline to the deep Atlantic. Visit the NMA website

New Carlton Cinema, Okehampton

New Carlton Cinema

See all the latest films in real comfort!  Based in the old market hall, with a licensed screen, leather settees and individual chairs. Visit the cinema website

Steam train

South Devon Steam Railway

South Devon Railway is a seven mile line running down the stunning River Dart valley.  It runs between Buckfastleigh, the main station, and Totnes in the south west of the country. S