Picture purple heather-clad moors, granite tors and flowing rivers; you will soon appreciate why so many people visit Dartmoor. Located in Southern England, over approximately 368 square miles, it is possible to explore forests, ruins and well-trodden trails, whilst being enthralled by the dramatic landscape.
Here are the top 10 attractions in Dartmoor:
Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary
Enjoy and learn about the beautiful tropical butterflies that live in the specially designed rain forest atmosphere. Playful otters will keep you laughing as their keeper explains about their lifestyle.
As one of the major attractions in Dartmoor, this is a must to visit. You will be astonished by the deep gorge and spectacular 30m White Lady Waterfall. Enjoy splendid countryside walks and an abundance of flora and fauna.
In the very heart of the National Park, this quaint village is famous for its Clapper Bridge, believed to date back to the 12th century. It offers a characterful pub, which occasionally hosts Morris Dancing.
Buckfast Abbey, Yelverton
Since 1018, this beautiful building forms part of an active Benedictine monastery. Visit also, nearby Buckland Abbey, a 700 year old house and former home of Sir Francis Drake, now owned by the National Trust.
Widecombe in the Moor
To visit Dartmoor without coming here would be remiss. Famous for its September fair, dating back to the 19th century and the folk song of the same name, it is an enchanting village located close to the the Ten Commandments Stones.
Moretonhampstead Motor Museum
Spend time here viewing the fascinating collection of over 60 vintage vehicles. The intriguing Dartmoor Prison Museum will certainly entertain you with its historical memorabilia, dating back to 1809.
A five star luxury hotel that is open to day visitors for golf, off-road driving, archery, falconry, horse riding, spa treatments, fine dining and much more. Bovey Castle, set in 275 acres, is a must when you visit Dartmoor.
Miniature Pony Centre, Newton Abbot
Perfect for adults and children alike, these adorable, tiny ponies will melt your heart. May/June time is perfect, as you will be able to see the foals.
Tavistock Farmers Market
Held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month, this wonderful market sells an array of local foods, drinks and plants. Visit also, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Bovey Tracey to buy wonderful pieces from artists and crafts-people.
This ancient ‘stannary town’ is one of the gateways to the high moors: Castle Drogo and Teign Gorge are nearby. The climb to the top of Meldon Hill is well worth it for the panoramic views.
Whether you come to Dartmoor for the stunning scenery, relaxation or exercise, you will not be disappointed. With more than 450 miles of trails, including cycle routes and bridle paths, activities such as kayaking, tor climbing and geocaching will keep you fully entertained. There is no doubt that the attractions in Dartmoor are exceptional.
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