Visit Dartmoor: Top 11 things to do on Dartmoor National Park


Experience Dartmoor’s lively transition to spring, as the beautiful landscape bursts with vibrant colours and energy as the season shifts. From an ancient woodland walk, to a scenic picnic and even a visit to Dartmoor Zoo to spot the local animals, there’s plenty of things to do on Dartmoor National Park this spring…

Rolling Dartmoor hills on a clear, sunny day

1. Things to do on Dartmoor: Wistman’s Wood

If you’re looking for things to do on Dartmoor National Park that gets you stuck into the great outdoors, why not visit Wistman’s Wood. Embark on a journey through one of Britain’s last remaining ancient temperate rainforests during this long, but beautiful, trail. This is also perfect for botanists to discover the diverse flora while soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.

Ancient trees in Wistman's Wood

2. Things to do on Dartmoor: Bovey Castle

Explore the rugged beauty of Dartmoor at the luxurious Bovey Castle, with years of history to uncover, make the castle your home during your visit to Dartmoor and book a stay. With the chance to indulge in award-winning meals, exhilarating outdoor activities, and serene walks, our hotel, located in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, is the perfect home away from home. 

The hotel is also open to visitors who want to explore everything the castle has to offer. 

3. Things to do on Dartmoor: Foggintor Quarry

What better things to do on Dartmoor National Park  than uncover its rich history at Foggintor Quarry of all places. This abandoned quarry offers a glimpse into the region’s industrial past, set amongst the stunning natural surroundings.

Scenic Foggintor Quarry as the sun sets amongst things to do in Dartmoor national park

4. Things to do on Dartmoor: Dartmoor Zoo

Create unforgettable family memories at Dartmoor Zoo, and get up close and personal with a variety of exotic animals, while learning about their fantastic conservation efforts.

Lions at Dartmoor Zoo in front of an admiring audience

5. Things to do on Dartmoor: Buckfast Butterfly Farm & Otter Rescue

Experience the wonder of nature at Buckfast Butterfly Farm & Otter Rescue. Where you will have the chance to witness a variety of butterfly species in their element, and spot the playful antics of rescued otters.

An excellent blue butterfly at Buckfast Butterfly Farm

6. Things to do on Dartmoor: Buckland Abbey

Great for history buffs looking for things to do on Dartmoor National Park, step back in time at Buckland Abbey. This historic estate offers fascinating insights into Dartmoor’s rich heritage, with family-friendly activities.

Buckland Abbey provides great things to do in Dartmoor national park

7. Things to do on Dartmoor: Picnic by Cadover Lakes

Perhaps you’re looking for things to do on Dartmoor National Park that are a little bit more romantic for you and your partner. The picturesque Cadover Lakes is the ideal base for indulging in a peaceful picnic, taking in the stunning lake views that are surrounded by Dartmoor’s natural splendour. 

A traditional picnic next to Cadover Lake

8. Things to do on Dartmoor: Spa retreat at Bovey Castle

Talking about romance and peace, treat your significant other to a relaxing and rejuvenating sauna or spa treatment at Bovey Castle. Our award-winning spa is perfect for couples seeking a tranquil retreat amidst breathtaking scenery.

Bovey Castle spa retreat showing a person walking by a large pool and windows overlooking Dartmoor

9. Things to do on Dartmoor: Lydford Gorge and Canonteign Falls

Discover the tranquil beauty of Canonteign Falls, and the hidden landscape at Lydford Gorge, with both offering a refreshing escape and unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts and explorers alike.

10. Things to do on Dartmoor: Alder Vineyard

With the weather perking up, savour the sophistication of Alder Vineyard on a warm spring day. Sample exquisite wines amidst scenic vineyards, offering a unique and memorable experience.

Two glasses toasting red wine

11. Things to do on Dartmoor: Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo is a beautiful 20th century castle that overlooks the Teign Gorge, and is a popular choice with tourists and locals alike. The walk to Fingle Bridge is only 5 minutes from our hotel, with an amazing view and a lovely walk to the river where you can cool off and enjoy a wild swim.

From thrilling outdoor adventures, to wholesome family outings and romantic getaways, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during their visit to Dartmoor National Park. Don’t miss out on all the fun this season, book our exclusive spring offer now at Bovey Castle or our luxury lodges, and unearth the natural beauty and charm of this captivating destination this spring.

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