Against a backdrop of honey-hued moorland and sunset-dusted crags, Dartmoor boasts a superb sprinkle of country houses, Michelin-star restaurants and Prehistoric stone circles. It’s a National Park wonderland; preserved, protected and practically fizzing with opportunity. So whether you want wild swimming in the glassy rivers, or fine dining at a country estate, Dartmoor is one super holiday destination.
Did you know?
Dartmoor is about the same size as London, with a population of around 33,000 people (not including the millions of people who visit each year!)
Where is it?
You’ll find Dartmoor over in south Devon, where – at its most southernly point – it’ll only take 20 minutes by car to get you to the coast!
What to do
Put on your boots, because a stay in Dartmoor isn’t complete with a trip to this boulder-laden, Eden-esque waterfall, cascading down through the East Dartmoor woods. Becky Falls a popular visitor attraction, so try and catch it in off-peak hours for the best experience. There’s also a nifty tearoom serving up scones after all that walking (cream first, then jam – the Devon way!)
Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is just the place for a wonderful wildlife day out. It’s well known that otters are our planet’s cutest water-dwelling creatures, so who wouldn’t want to watch them frolicking about? It’s not all about the otters though, there are also butterflies and turtles to complete this memorable day out.
Dartmoor Pack Ponies
The ponies of Dartmoor are famous. With written records of ponies on the moor going back as far as AD1012, a glimpse of these hardy beauties grazing on the land is a classic Dartmoor sight to behold. They are gorgeous animals and are supported by the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust.
Where to eat
An idyllic Tudor manor on the North Teign river, Gidleigh Park houses an intimate restaurant run by the much-celebrated British chef, Michael Wignall. From the exquisite tasting menus to champagne afternoon tea, this is the Dartmoor spot for a fine dining experience that’ll whisk you off your feet.
Where to stay
Captivating Buckfastleigh Cottage
This period style country house is an excellent base for exploring Dartmoor. The larger town of Ashburton is also nearby offering more amenities and quirky antique shops. As well as the wonders of this National Park, the coast is only 15 miles away too. The property itself boasts a 0.75-acre garden as well as a verandah with furniture, and parking.