Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park
  • Major Dartmoor gateway town to the National Park's high moor. Drive the B3212 west to the moor around southern England's highest pub, the Warren House Inn
  • Visit the Miniature Pony Centre. Spend time at other local tourist attractions including Castle Drogo (National Trust)
  • Head up to the local beauty spot Blackingstone Rock for immense views across to Dartmoor's north moor
  • Walk the high moor and Dartmoor's wooded valleys. Lustleigh Cleave and the Teign Gorge are both amazing. Discover beautiful reservoirs on the eastern side of the Wray Valley near Moretonhampstead
  • Enjoy local public art and wander across to see Moretonhampstead 1 and 2 The Almshouses (National Trust)
  • Relax in the town's pubs/bars and cafes
  • Main photo: Moretonhampstead 1 and 2 The Almshouses (National Trust)


Where is Moretonhampstead in Dartmoor National Park?

Town in great location towards the north east of Dartmoor National Park on the B3212 leading to the high moors.


Why holiday or weekend break in Moretonhampstead?

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


The White Hart Hotel and The Horse

Enjoy local food and drink in one of the town's many pubs, cafes and restaurants. Try The White Hart Hotel and The Horse next door.


The Miniature Pony Centre

If you have kids, visit The Miniature Pony Centre.


Dartmoor's high moor and tors

Wander out onto the moors and summit some tors. Moretonhampstead is located on the B3212 that cuts across the National Park. This provides easy access to some of Dartmoor's most impressive moorland and tors. Try Hamel Down and Birch Tor.

We'd also recommend following the A382 down to Bovey Tracey and then the B3387 to Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor (East Dartmoor).


Discover Dartmoor's prehistory

Visit English Heritage's Grimspound (English Heritage).

Wander out to Hurston Ridge/Chagford Common Stone Row.

For stone circles, try Scorhill Stone Circle.

Learn more about the National Park's rich prehistory in the Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre and the Princetown National Park Visitor Centre.


Blackingstone Rock

Take in some of the best views in Dartmoor National Park from Blackingstone Rock. Morning and the sun's behind you lighting up the moors from Haytor Rocks to Cosdon Hill (Cawsand Hill).


The Teign Gorge

Walk the Dartmoor Way Walking Route north and then north west of Moreton to the Teign Gorge (National Trust) and Castle Drogo (National Trust). This section of the Way is particularly beautiful in Spring (say, early May) when the wild flowers are out.

For gardens, we'd suggest you spend an afternoon at the magnificent Stone Lane Gardens and Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition near Castle Drogo and Chagford.


Other National Trust and English Heritage properties

In addition to the National Trust's Castle Drogo (National Trust), there are plenty of other National Trust properties in, and around, Dartmoor. Try Finch Foundry (National Trust), Lydford Gorge (National Trust), Buckland Abbey (National Trust), Saltram House, The Dewerstone and Hembury Woods (National Trust).

English Heritage properties include Okehampton Castle (English Heritage), Lydford Castle (English Heritage) and Merrivale (English Heritage).


Drive the moors

The abovementioned B3212 takes you through the heart of Dartmoor National Park to Princetown and Tavistock. Stop at Warren House Inn, Postbridge Clapper Bridge and Two Bridges.


Dartmoor's visitor attractions

Visit some of Dartmoor's many family attractions. Try Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park and Canonteign Falls, the House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass.


South Devon

Leave the National Park and explore South Devon.

The English Riviera is an amazing place. Visit Kent's Cavern and Torre Abbey.

Push south to experience the remarkable coastal towns Dartmouth and Salcombe.

For beaches, try Blackpool Sands, Bantham Beach and Bigbury-on-Sea.

We'd also suggest day trips to Exeter and Plymouth.


Local towns and villages

For other 'gateway towns' try Chagford and Bovey Tracey.

For moorland villages we'd recommend Lustleigh, Manaton and Widecombe-in-the-Moor. To the north try Drewsteignton and Dunsford.