Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park
  • Super location by the River Dart near beautiful woodland and on the fringe of Dartmoor's south moor
  • Visit top Dartmoor and South Devon visitor attractions including Buckfast Abbey, the South Devon Railway, Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, Pennywell Farm and the River Dart Country Park
  • Enjoy a variety of different walks. Explore Hembury Woods (National Trust), the Dart Gorge and Dartmoor's south moor. The long distance walking route the Abbot's Way starts/ends at Buckfast Abbey. The Two Moors Way passes nearby
  • Picnic and wild swim by the River Dart. Spitchwick is a super popular spot on the River Dart. More adventurous swimmers head upriver into the Dart Gorge at places like Sharrah Pool
  • Day trip to Exeter, Plymouth, South Devon and The English Riviera
  • Main photo: Buckfast Abbey just north of Buckfastleigh


Where is Buckfastleigh in Dartmoor National Park?

Between Dartmoor's south moor and the South Devon coast.


Why holiday or weekend break around Buckfastleigh?

To help you choose Buckfastleigh, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Buckfast Abbey

Explore Buckfast Abbey.


South Devon Railway

Take the South Devon Railway to Totnes.

Visit Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies.

Spend a day at the River Dart Country Park.

Pennywell Farm is a great family day out.


The National Trust's Hembury Woods

Walk to Hembury Hillfort in the National Trust's Hembury Woods (National Trust). The Hembury Woods Circular Walk is superb.

Other National Trust properties we'd recommend visiting include Saltram House, Buckland Abbey (National Trust) and Castle Drogo (National Trust).

Greenway is on the River Dart. Coleton Fishacre is superb on the South Devon coast near Dartmouth.



Picnic and wild swim at Spitchwick (Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick Common).

For the more adventurous, wild swim at Sharrah Pool deep in the Dart Gorge.


Bench Tor

Walk along the top of the Bench Tor which juts out into the heart of the Dart Gorge. Great spot for a picnic high above the River Dart.


The Abbot's Way

Yomp a section of the Abbot's Way to experience the south moor and its tors. You might also want to walk to Ryder's Hill which is the highest point in southern Dartmoor.


Dartmoor's prehistory

Discover Dartmoor's prehistory. Experience Corringdon Ball Long Barrow and Corringdon Ball Stone Rows in the local area.

Travel to Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre and Princetown National Park Visitor Centre to learn more.


Outdoor activities

Enjoy all the outdoor activities on offer in Dartmoor and South Devon.

Go climbing. If it's raining, head for River Dart Adventures at River Dart Country Park or the Dart Rock Climbing Centre.

Try Dartmoor Horse Riding

Canoe the River Dart in season. See our Dartmoor Canoeing listing.

On the coast, surf at Bigbury-on-Sea Beach and Bantham Beach. Refer to our sister site Love South Devon for more detail.


Plymouth and Exeter

Take day trips to Plymouth and Exeter. Follow the A38 south west to Plymouth and north east to Exeter.


Discover South Devon

Buckfastleigh is a great location from which to explore South Devon. The English Riviera is packed with family attractions. In parts, it's also stunning. South Devon is known for its sublime beaches. For towns, try Dartmouth and Salcombe. Inland, visit Totnes.


Local towns and villages

Ashburton is just up the road and South Brent to the south west.

On the moors try the villages of Holne, Buckland-in-the-Moor and Dartmeet.