Dartmoor is a stunning place to visit at any time of the year, but in Autumn when the trees turn to a golden shade and a glistening frost decorates the rolling fields each morning, it’s truly special.
From castle ruins and local legends, museums, historic railways, hill walks and ragged tors, there’s so much to explore in Dartmoor on a luxury staycation.
To help you choose what to visit at the national park, we’ve handpicked our top activities you can safely enjoy together…
Embracing history at South Devon Railway
What better way to safely explore the beautiful Devon countryside than on a historic steam railway? The multi-award winning South Devon Railway is a much loved attraction in Dartmoor and is the longest established steam railway in the South West – making it a must visit on any luxury staycation this Autumn.
The South Devon Railway’s next event is the Polar Express train ride held during selected dates in November and December and offering a magical experience for the whole family. Why not find out more about this unique experience?
Exploring beautiful views at Castle Drago
Tucked away high above the ancient woodlands of the Teign Gorge stands the impressive Castle Drogo, inspired by the rugged Dartmoor tors that surround it. Although the castle is currently undergoing a conversation project, the Lutyens designed garden is a sight to behold come Autumn.
There are miles of pathways to explore and little ones can learn all about the mischievous ways of the Dartmoor pixies in the garden trail. Tickets to explore the magnificent gardens will need to be pre-ordered online.
Rambling the scenic moors
Whether you prefer to explore Dartmoor National Park on foot, by bike or on the back of a horse, there are plenty of trails you can follow that offer breathtaking views.
For a gentle, scenic stroll, we recommend the Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs walk – a 3 mile route that takes you around two lovely reservoirs in a figure-of-eight walk with plenty of picnic benches along the route to stop off and soak up the views.
Family fun at Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
Visit the Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary for a fun-filled trip the whole family can safely experience. Say hello to their cheeky resident otters and see them get into mischief in the underwater viewing area. You’ll also be able to watch the otters enjoy their feeding time, learning more from their keepers about the different breeds and personalities of each playful otter.
Since reopening, Dartmoor Otter Sanctury has put in place several new safety measures including the need to pre-book your tickets online before arrival.
Experiences for everyone at Bovey Castle
There’s so many activities for everyone to enjoy this Autumn at Bovey Castle and with 275 acres of beautiful countryside on our front door, there’s plenty of space to explore.
From our daily falconry display and egg collecting, deer park tours, clay pigeon shooting and archery, there’s plenty to experience on a stay with us. Of course, there’s also our 18-hole championship golf course for a challenging and scenic activity, along with our luxurious Elan Spa.
Make the most of your luxury staycation
After a busy day exploring all that Dartmoor has to offer, why not cosy up in comfort in front of a roaring fire at the luxurious Bovey Castle Hotel and Spa nestled in Dartmoor National Park.
With our Autumn Staycation offer you can really make the most of your holiday, with two nights’ overnight accommodation and a full English breakfast, Champagne afternoon tea and dinner on one evening in our Smith’s Brasserie.
Priced from £319 per room, per night, our Autumn Staycation offer means you’ll be able to spend time safely together as a family falling asleep to the sound of silence and waking to gentle birdsong, refreshed and ready to take on another adventure.
To book your stay with us at Bovey Castle Hotel in November and experience the dream luxury staycation, call our team on 01647 445 000 or book online.