Outdoors & Nature in Dartmoor National Park

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Yar Tor Stone Row, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

Yar Tor Stone Row, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

Triple stone rows are rare. The best example is Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row. Challacombe Stone Row is in a superb location. Yar Tor Stone Row is much more difficult to see but when you've located the row, it becomes clear that it's exceptionally long in comparison to the other triple stone rows...

Buttern Hill Stone Circle, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Buttern Hill Stone Circle, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park

There are many stone rows and circles on the moors above Chagford. Some, like Scorhill Stone Circle and The Grey Wethers Stone Circles, are well known and much visited. Others, like Fernworthy Stone Circle, are less well frequented because they are a little harder to find. Buttern Hill Stone Circle...

Sittaford Stone Circle, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Sittaford Stone Circle, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Spring 2015 saw huge media and social media coverage of the 'discovery' of a stone circle near Sittaford Tor on Dartmoor's north plateau. This coverage was the result of archaeological exploration of the site. The stone circle itself was discovered years before the exploration. It's a remarkable loc...

Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

There are a number of family cycling trails on and around Dartmoor. This one is up there with the best. In the main, Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes follow the trackbed of the old Princetown Railway (Princetown to Yelverton Railway Dismantled). There's a short route...

Granite and Gears Princetown and Burrator Cycling Route, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Granite and Gears Princetown and Burrator Cycling Route, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

The longer version of the Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes is 30km and perfect for a family trip. The Granite and Gears Princetown and Burrator Cycling Route is only 20km but is much more demanding. It follows worn paths and tracks across open moorland and is diffic...

Shilstone Tor, Cosdon Beacon and Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row Circular Walk, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Shilstone Tor, Cosdon Beacon and Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row Circular Walk, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Start at Shilstone Tor by the village Throwleigh on the edge of the high north moor. We've positioned a marker on the accompanying Google map to locate this. There's limited parking by the tor. A road runs along the border of the moor and farmland. If you cannot park by Shilstone Tor, there are...

Bearacleave Wood, Shaptor Wood and Shaptor Rock Circular Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Bearacleave Wood, Shaptor Wood and Shaptor Rock Circular Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

This is a beautiful woodland walk on the eastern border of Dartmoor National Park near the gateway town Bovey Tracey. It starts at the edge of the National Trust's Bearacleave Wood and climbs through Shaptor Wood to the viewpoint on top of Shaptor Rock before crossing farmland back to where you star...

Bearacleave Wood (National Trust), Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Bearacleave Wood (National Trust), Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Wray Brook flows through the Wray Valley, roughly speaking, between Moretonhampstead and Lustleigh. The valley is lined with steep-sided wooded valley walls. On the north side of the Wray Valley, these woods push past the Lustleigh area down to Bovey Tracey. The colours are extraordinary in Autumn....

Wind Tor, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Wind Tor, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

A section of the Two Moors Way runs along the spine of Hamel Down and then descends to Dunstone Down and Bittleford Down before moorland meets a mosaic of small fields. At the southern end of this moorland, where Dunstone Down merges into Bittleford Down, is Wind Tor. It's one of Dartmoor's flat out...

Bovey Valley Woodlands, Lustleigh Cleave and Hunter's Tor Circular Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Bovey Valley Woodlands, Lustleigh Cleave and Hunter's Tor Circular Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Some of the best valley views in Dartmoor National Park Dartmoor is fringed by stunning steep-sided wooded valleys. Lustleigh Cleave is one of the best. Located at the upper end of the Bovey Valley, Lustleigh Cleave offers some of the best valley views in the national park. This walk takes you...

Yarner Wood Templer Way Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Yarner Wood Templer Way Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Yarner Wood is part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. The Templer Way is a long distance footpath running between Dartmoor and the South Devon coast following, as far as possible, the route of the old granite railway. This walk takes in some of the best sections of the wood and railway....

Bovey Valley Circular Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Bovey Valley Circular Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Big walk in one of Dartmoor's most beautiful valleys  It's possible to complete big, circular walks in many of Dartmoor's wooded valleys and gorges. The Dart Gorge Circular Walk is magnificent. The Teign Gorge Circular Walk is arguably the most popular in the National Park. The Bovey Va...

Dart Gorge New Bridge to Sharrah Pool North Bank Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Dart Gorge New Bridge to Sharrah Pool North Bank Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

When exploring the Dart Gorge, most people follow the south side of the river through the National Trust's Holne Woods. Another good path runs north of the river. As you follow the Dart upstream, this good path becomes a good track and then quickly turns into a hazardous route through very steep woo...

Dart Gorge Venford Reservoir to New Bridge South Bank Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Dart Gorge Venford Reservoir to New Bridge South Bank Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

This is one of our favourite walks in Dartmoor National Park. It's difficult, owing to the absence of paths in the central section of the Dart Gorge below Bench Tor. For long sections of the walk, you're picking your way through wild woodland. Don't try this walk unless you are a confident walker. T...

Manga Hill Cairn, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Manga Hill Cairn, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

The high moor west of Chagford has many impressive prehistoric attractions from stone rows to ancient settlements, stone circles to evocative standing stones. Overlooking these attractions, near a section of Dartmoor's highest ground, is a large cairn topping Manga Hill. It's a g...