Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Over recent years, the Dartmoor National Park Authority has done a great job upgrading its main Information Centres into National Park Visitor Centres. Signs for Postbridge Information Centre were replaced with those for Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre and a superb new display relating to Dartmoor's rich prehistory was added to the second floor of the building. The display is particularly interesting given the 2011 excavation of the Whitehorse Hill Cist on the high moor at Whitehorse Hill.

Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre is located in the spacious car park close to Postbridge Clapper Bridge. We've positioned Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting of the accompanying Google map to see its location. Despite the size of the car park, it can get full in high season. If you have trouble parking, use the car park just up the road at the entrance to Bellever Forest.

Postbridge is in the heart of Dartmoor and is a good location from which to explore the middle of the Park. Bellever Forest and Bellever Tor are close. For walks, try the Bellever Tor & Forest Circular Walk. There's the Stannon Tor from Postbridge Walk, too.

To see the Whitehorse Hill Cist, it's a long but relatively easy yomp up the valley to Sittaford Tor and then across to Quintin's Man. From there, you cross high moorland to the burial chamber. Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail. The path you need to follow from Postbridge to the Sittaford Tor area is clearly marked on that map. Clearly, there are many other ways to walk in but this one avoids crossing the East Dart River which is a formidable barrier when in spate after heavy rain.

If you have time, we'd recommend the Fur Tor from Postbridge Circular Walk. It's a big walk but the views from the high ground around Cut Hill and Fur Tor are immense.

For local horse riding, head for Babeny Farm Riding Stables.

Princetown is a short drive to the south west. Princetown National Park Visitor Centre is impressive.

There's another National Park Visitor Centre in the eastern section of Dartmoor below Haytor Rocks. Haytor National Park Visitor Centre provides great information about the once thriving local granite mining industry.