best dartmoor walks
After breakfast, there is Dartmoor on your doorstep. We can provide a packed lunch if you are keen walkers or point you in the direction of a good local inn.
Enjoy a trek out over Dartmoor from a nearby riding stable or visit nearby historic towns and cities Plymouth, the home of Plymouth Gin and from where the Pilgrim Fathers sailed and Tavistock, ancient stannary town and home of Sir Francis Drake, the nearby Buckland Abbey once his grand residence.
Morwellham Quay (Edwardian Farm fame) is well worth a visit. I could go on and on in fact I will. Sherlock Holmes famously tracked down the Hound of the Baskervilles in the Mire behind Tor Royal.
War Horse was filmed at Sheepstor just over the hill.
Some of Rosalind Pilcher’s novels have been filmed locally.
The Edwardian County Lady’s Diary author regularly visited the area.
The Last white Rajahs the Brookes were based at Sheepstor and you can visit the lovely St. Leonards Church where the family is buried.
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dartmoor dog walks
Dartmoor is a place of beauty, mystery and diverse ecology. As well as still being home to thousands of people, it also contains ancient remains of settlements reaching back to prehistoric times. With a national park as large as Dartmoor with so much to learn and enjoy, you may prefer, as many visitors do, to walk the moors in the company of a knowledgeable guide who can explain the moorland in as much detail as you want. Our expert guides run a vast range of activities all across the moors and beyond. Join us and find out why the only way to really discover the real Dartmoor is to join the Moorland Guides on one of our walks.
Dartmoor has walks to suit everyone, no matter what your experience, level of fitness, or mobility. In partnership with Dartmoor for All, we have produced the Easy-Going Dartmoor Guide which can help those who are less mobile or who have young children, to make the most of what Dartmoor National Park has to offer.
This selection of walks are suitable for people of all abilities and particularly for those with limited mobility, or families with pushchairs. Each map illustrates what you can expect in terms of gradient, surface, camber and obstacles, to help you choose which walk is best for you. All the walks described are situated close to car parking facilities.
Crag 2 Mountain are a family led adventure activities company specialising in climbing, mountaineering, navigation skills and caving.
We are based on the Dartmoor National Park and offer activities for schools, groups, families and bespoke instruction.
We have been recommended by The Guardian newspaper for our Rock Adventure Sessions.
The Princetown audio walk is a 6 mile (10km) circular walk starting from the High Moorland Visitor Centre, taking you across moorland to a waterfall and an aqueduct, past Bronze Age settlements and stone rows and back along the hard track of the disused railway line to see remains of the granite quarries.
The audio walk is divided into tracks which you can then play when you reach each stopping point, including Hart Tor and the Rifle Range, Black Tor Waterfall, Devonport Leat, and Ingra Tor Quarry.
Full details of the walk can be found here.
In summary these pages are dedicated to Dartmoor enthusiasts, along with additional articles and blogs that hope to reach out to all moorland visitors. Also provided is a little information on how to organise yourself before your walk and hopefully keep you safe whilst exploring the National Park. These are in the form of helpful guides to ensure that your walks are well planned and documented for safety and ultimately your enjoyment of the Moors. The approach of planning your journey will enable you to delve deeper into the true beauty of the Moors.
Walking on Dartmoor is excellent. Different tastes and experiences are catered for. For the less demanding walker there are car parks from which brief, pleasant excursions can be made. For the more hardened explorer many miles over hard ground can be tramped in challenging conditions. On a sunny summer’s day, the going can be easy with superb views to be had.
Some might suggest that it would be ridiculous to recommend a place on the basis of its smell; but that wet, peaty aroma is always what we notice first about Dartmoor when we step out of the car. Dartmoor, whatever the weather (and we get it all here) smells amazing, it smells of freshness, it smells of adventure and smells of your cares melting away. So when you do come to visit and we certainly hope that you will, take careful note of the smell and then we will allow you to have a good look around you.