Dartmoor's ancient wilderness, with its history, tumbling rivers and streams, extensive wildlife and wide open spaces gives endless freedom for enjoyment.
Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles and is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England.
Dartmoor's landscape, although wild, is stunning and has over 450miles (730km) of public rights of way making it the perfect place to explore. With such a huge variety of walking routes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Choose from organised walks with an experienced guide or pick up a walking guide or map from one of Dartmoor's information centres and explore the area at your own pace. Or just park the car in a designated parking place, take in the view or go exploring - whatever takes your fancy!
Dartmoor Cycle Routes
Cyclists can enjoy a huge variety of on and off road cycle routes. Dartmoor's cycle routes not only offer incredible places to explore but they are also safe with traffic free trails. From historic bridleways and forest tracks to challenging bridleways, you can enjoy Dartmoor your way.
As well as the abundance of walking routes and cycle paths there are so many other activities available on Dartmoor. Visit Dartmoor's What's On and Event page is at http://www.visitdartmoor.co.uk/whats-on/events-calendar
- Climbing – The many granite tors offer exciting climbing opportunities
- Horse riding - Dartmoor has many woodland trails and bridleways to explore
- Pony Trekking - experience the beautiful views and rugged terrain on horseback
- Gliding - enjoy the experience of flying without distracting engine noise, and allow for wonderful views of the countryside below.
- Golf - a unique course of two halves, 9 holes moorland and 9 holes parkland with stunning views over the South Hams
- Tree Surfing - an adrenaline-pumping, heart-thumping bird's eye experience.
- Mountain Biking - serious mountain bikers should try the Gawton Gravity Hub: for the less experienced & lower adrenalin levels, Tavi Woodlands.
- Geocaching - hunt out hidden caches using maps and GPS receivers
- Letterboxing - have fun orienteering and treasure hunting to locate hidden boxes
- Whitewater rafting - located on west Dartmoor, flowing down to the sea past Tavistock. An exciting and fun way to spend a couple of hours
- River Canoeing - Enjoy the river Tamar and experience the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
Staying at Harford Bridge Park in Dartmoor, gives easy access to all of Dartmoor's activities with the added bonus of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. From camping and touring to comfortable camping in the beautiful Shepherd's Hut to our Dartmoor caravans, holiday lodges and studio lodges. Our Dartmoor 4 star holiday park has a full range of excellent campsite facilities to make your holiday a happy one.
Things to do and see:
- Buckland Abbey - home of Sir Francis Drake
- Cotehele House and Quay on the Tamar
- Castle Drogo - in a dramatic Dartmoor setting & designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens
- Dartmoor Zoo - 'We bought a zoo!' real life location of the film featuring Matt Damon & Scarlett Johansson
- Devon Museums
- Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
- Lydford Gorge with the White Lady waterfall + Lydford Castle & Saxon Town
- Morwellham Quay - location of BBC's Edwardian Farm
- Princetown with its famous Dartmoor Prison
- Plymouth Life Centre - huge indoor leisure centre opened March 2012
- The Plymouth National Marine Aquarium - UK's largest aquarium
- Saltram House - a fine Georgian house with Adam interiors and parkland to explore
- Tamar cruising from the historic Plymouth Barbican
- The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & World Heritage Site
- One of England's Loveliest Country Branch Lines - The Tamar Valley Line
- Fore! for Golfers - courses at Tavistock, Okehampton , Yelverton & Hurdwick
- Other 'Things to do'