Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is an incredible area of natural beauty and heritage, set in the heart of south west England. It was the fourth National Park to be created as an area to be protected in 1951.

The landscape is dramatic, even epic, in its wide open spaces, moorland, woodlands and rivers. The granite tors litter the skyline, standing proud as the remains of the giant mountains that historically dominated the area.

The area is of huge historical significance, and is one of the best preserved Bronze Age landscapes in Western Europe. The park contains examples of hut circles, the remains of human habitation, stone rows, standing stones, religious complexes and burial sites. 

The area is well know for its ponies, and thousands come to see these hardy animals ranging the beautiful terrain. Indeed, there is nothing more spectular than the sight of a herd of ponies kicking up their heels and thundering across the moorland, nor more heartwarming than the sight of long legged foals taking their first steps.

The dramatic landscape and presence of horses inspired many works of literature, from Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie. War Horse was inspired by the landscape, and later did some filming on Dartmoor. 

Film Director, Steven Spielberg

"I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor .. And, with two-and-a-half-weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities that were offered to me”. 

The flora and fauna found across the park form a diverse ecosystem that is sure to delight any nature enthusiast, and is a wonderful place for children to learn about the wealth of British wildlife at our fingertips.

Bovey Castle can organise a range of activities, not only onsite, but offsite in the National Park! Just speak to our Resort Team for more options.

Visitor centres are found at Princetown, Postbridge and Haytor and to find out more about the National Park and what it has to offer visit www.dartmoor.gov.uk or Visit Dartmoor, the official tourism guide.