Discovering the Very Best of Dartmoor National Park
Just across the border into Devon - You can discover wild, open moorlands, deep river valleys, huge stone tors, ancient clapper bridges and the famous Dartmoor ponies.
Dartmoor is a unique place, an area of outstanding natural beauty covering 400 square miles with a rich history, an exceptional habitat for wildlife and has a wealth of bird life.
Let Us Show You Its Very Best!
Discover The Moorland Towns
Buckfast is home to Buckfast Abbey with its peaceful gardens and famous Tonic Wine. Nestled in a valley on the edge of Dartmoor, the Abbey is home to a working community of Benedictine monks and is one of the top tourist attractions in the West Country.
Chagford has been voted ‘Best place to live’ – situated on north-eastern edge of Dartmoor, a popular and thriving town with distinctive ‘pepper pot’ market house, pubs, cafés and variety of independent shops.
Okehampton is an ideal base for exploring the wild northern moor and Dartmoor’s two highest Tors – High Willhays and Yes Tor. It is a traditional market town with Victorian shopping arcade and Museum of Dartmoor Life.
You can stroll through pretty Simmons Park, or visit Okehampton Castle, once the largest castle in Devon, the ruins stand proudly in an area of woodland and beautiful scenery, an English Heritage site.
A short drive brings you to Meldon Reservoir, surrounded by steep sided banks and approximately 900 feet above sea level, Meldon offers breath taking scenery. Enjoy a leisurely walk and explore the network of off-road footpaths, bridleways and old tracks that cross the valley. For keen ramblers, navigate open moorland and experience a real adventure in Dartmoor, see the impressive Meldon Viaduct.
Tavistock is an attractive market town on the western edge of Dartmoor, the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake and a great place for shopping – over 70% of independent retailers, plus award-winning Pannier Market see our blog
Widecombe-in-the-Moor is one of the most picturesque villages on the moor, with a
village green, tea rooms and local pubs. The Church of St Pancras, known as the Cathedral of the Moor, is spectacular if seen from the top of the hill when travelling from Haytor. Widecombe was made famous for its traditional fair (2nd Tuesday in September) and "see Uncle Tom Cobley and all". There is a Farmers’ market held every fourth Saturday of the month.
Discover The Amazing Tors - High Places Of Dartmoor
Hay Tor This is perhaps one of the most popular Tors and is easy to reach. Visit on a sunny day to join other people in making most of the views and climbing the rock formation. A road passes underneath with lots of parking places.
Brent Tor may look like a scene from a historical film set in another country, but Brent Tor is one of the most impressive rock outcrops in Dartmoor.
Plus, with St Michael de Rupe Church on top, it’s a breathtaking sight from below and at the top. The church is 19th century, it was used as a filming location for the ITV adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. A walk around and up the hill from the nearby car park is well worth your effort!
Discover The Beauty Of Dartmoor
In the heart of the National Park, Postbridge has a friendly village atmosphere, beautiful moorland scenery and one of three Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centres.
The East Dart River flows past the village, where a Clapper Bridge dates back to the 12th century and an 18th-century granite bridge is right next to it for cars.
Not far away is Bellever Forest. This pine tree forest surrounds a Tor that rises up 443 meters above sea level and a river flows through it, making for some amazing walking routes. Whether you go up to the top of the Tor or down to the water, you’re sure to be taken back by the beauty.
Lydford Gorge is the deepest gorge in the South West. It is filled with walks, wildlife and stunning scenery along the bottom of the gorge. Two highlights of Lydford are the waterfalls and the eerily named Devil's Cauldron. Whitelady Waterfall is 30 meters high. There is a National Trust centre with shops, dining facilities, toilets and picnic areas. Car parking can be found at either the Whitelady Waterfall or the Devil’s Cauldron end, and visitors can enjoy the unique walks between the two.
The Garden House has eight acres of colour and interest throughout the season, featuring ‘naturalistic planting’ within the beautiful South Devon landscape; the extraordinary variety of planting more than 6,000 different varieties – ensures a feast of colour and interest from March to November. At the forefront of a revolution in ‘naturalistic planting’ – working in harmony with nature rather than against it, allowing flowers to intermingle to provide living kaleidoscopes of colour. It has the national collection of snowdrops.
Castle Drogo National Trust is situated high above the Teign Gorge. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for self-made millionaire Julius Drewe. It looks ancient, but this remarkable building was only constructed 100 years ago, the last castle ever built in England. From the beginning it has suffered from water penetration and has undergone a 7 year conservation project. Inside you can explore the castle‘s refreshed layout and precious treasures displayed in new ways. Some rooms have become storage areas whilst others are ‘back to normal’. Outside the castle, stroll around the formal gardens or explore the Teign Valley with its ancient gorge, teeming with wildlife.
Discover The Delicious Ice Cream Of Dartmoor.
We couldn't leave your discovery trail without suggesting the very best ice-cream from Dartmoor!
Here are two, for your delight -
The Dartmoor Ice Cream Company - wholesalers based at Princetown, (home of Dartmoor Prison with its long and fascinating history). They partner with farmers who graze their small herd on Dartmoor, kept outdoors for most of the year. The pasture is not treated with pesticides or herbicides and these lucky cows also choose when to be milked with a system that allows them to wander into the milking parlour when they feel like it! This is the the nearest thing to proper home-made ice cream with real fruit, the best quality milk and cream. It's beautiful ice cream - creamy and moorish, a taste of Devon and moorland life delivered to shops, cafes, hotels and restaurants, and online too. And so worth searching out!
Langage Farm has remained a working farmstead for over 900 years, in 1980 the Harvey family started to produce clotted cream from their Jersey and Guernsey cows for a nearby shop, and they have become famous for delicious Devon products, producing over 100 products from clotted cream to yogurts. They are famous for their amazing ice creams – all 40 flavours! Incidentally they are the first UK carbon neutral Dairy with an Anaerobic Digester facility generating electricity from food waste which supplies the Farm and Dairy with its energy needs.
Langage Farm Shop – 72 The Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth PL7 2AL – Tel: 01752 346250 Open 7 Days a week