Things To Do in Dartmoor

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Swincombe Reservoir, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Swincombe Reservoir, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Most Dartmoor reservoirs are large, impressive and reasonably easily accessible. Swincombe Reservoir is small and fenced off from the public. The moorland around the reservoir is flat, boggy and tussocky. Whilst there's a metal bridge at the eastern end of the reservoir, it's closed to the public so...

Swincombe, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Swincombe, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Swincombe is a collection of ruined, disused buildings just west of Hexworthy. It's named on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map. The buildings are drawn on an area of private land on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map but not named. Swincombe consists of Higher/Upper and...

Sunshine Valley, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Sunshine Valley, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

There are lots of old mining works around Foxtor Mires. Whiteworks is to the north west. The wonderfully named Sunshine Valley and nearby Mount Misery are to the south east and east. Marked on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map, Sunshine Valley is at the head of the River Swinc...

Swincombe Headweir Ford, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Swincombe Headweir Ford, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

The River Swincombe and Strane River (having been fed by Nun's Cross Brook) meet at the eastern end of Foxtor Mires near the beginning of the old Wheal Emma Leat (Dry Channel). Just before they meet, there are two fords spanning each waterway. After a spell of dry weather, the ford across th...

Shilley Pool, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Shilley Pool, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park

In recent years, wild swimming has become an exceptionally popular outdoor activity on Dartmoor. Whilst well known Dartmoor rivers such as the Dart and Teign attract large numbers of swimmers, people are increasingly enjoying the pools and channels on lesser known rivers, brooks and streams. Shilley...

Devon Cycle Hire, Sourton, Dartmoor National Park

Devon Cycle Hire, Sourton, Dartmoor National Park

There are a number of mountain biking routes and a very popular family-friendly multiuse trail on the north west and western side of Dartmoor National Park. You can slog up the flank of the north moor on the Rattlebrook Peatworks Railway (Disused) to the high ground or complete the stunnin...

Tamar Trails Cycle Hire, Tavistock, Dartmoor National Park

Tamar Trails Cycle Hire, Tavistock, Dartmoor National Park

If you fancy cycling some of the Tamar Trails Cycling routes whilst on holiday in Dartmoor or the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but don't have a bike then you can hire them at the Tamar Trails Centre. Call beforehand to check availability. Bikes are collected across the way from th...

Granite Way Cycles Hire, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Granite Way Cycles Hire, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

The Granite Way is a popular multiuse trail on the north western fringe of Dartmoor National Park. You can horse ride, walk, run or cycle the route. If you fancy the latter but don't have a bike then you can hire one at either Devon Cycle Hire or Granite Way Cycles Hire. The latter is situated...

Forest Cycle Hire/Haldon Forest Park Cycle Hire, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Forest Cycle Hire/Haldon Forest Park Cycle Hire, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Haldon Forest Park is an exceptionally popular activity hub situated between the eastern border of Dartmoor National Park and the South Devon coast. There are lots of bike trails for all abilities. If you're on holiday in Dartmoor or South Devon but have left your bikes behind then you can hire them...

North-South (Track) Ancient Travel Route, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

North-South (Track) Ancient Travel Route, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

This is one of the most difficult long distance routes we’ve walked in Dartmoor National Park. It’s marked on the Harvey British Mountain Map ‘Dartmoor’ map as an ancient travel route across Dartmoor. We’ve split it into two sections running north to south.   Section 1. North...

Princetown Cycle Hire/Fox Tor Cafe Cycle Hire, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Princetown Cycle Hire/Fox Tor Cafe Cycle Hire, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Princetown is at the start, and end, of two Granite and Gears mountain biking routes. The Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Route is family friendly. The Granite and Gears Princetown and Burrator Cycling Route is a little more demanding. You can hire mountain bikes from Fox...

Fox Tor Cafe, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Fox Tor Cafe, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Travel around the UK's National Parks and you'll come across cafes and pubs synonymous with the outdoor life. Fox Tor Cafe is Dartmoor's version of this. Situated in Princetown towards the heart of the National Park, Fox Tor Cafe offers reasonably easy access to both the south and north moors in...

Powdermills Pottery Cream Tea, Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park

Powdermills Pottery Cream Tea, Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park

This is a great spot for a cream tea, some shopping and an explore of one of Dartmoor's more quirky points of interest at Powdermills. There's parking available but it's also fun to walk in on the ancient Lichway/Lych Way via either Two Bridges or Postbridge/Bellever Forest. We've positio...

Dartmoor Cream Teas, Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor Cream Teas, Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park

Most major visitor attractions, hotels, pubs and cafes sell cream teas on Dartmoor. Whilst exploring and photographing the National Park, we've enjoyed cream teas in the following superb locations and would recommend visits.   National Trust Castle Drogo. Finch Foundry. Lydf...

Haldon Forest Park Cycling, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Haldon Forest Park Cycling, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

This is one of the best places to mountain bike in Devon. Located by the A38 beyond the north eastern border of Dartmoor between the National Park and Exeter, there are a number of trails built into a stunning landscape. The trails cover all age groups and abilities. We've been taking kids h...