Dartmoor was designated as a National Park in 1951, a vast tract of largely untamed countryside of huge richness and diversity stretching across 368 square miles. It's a landscape quite unlike any other, populated by lofty granite tors, Bronze age hut circles and standing stones, ancient woodlands, medieval clapper bridges, numerous rivers and streams. And not forgetting the world famous Dartmoor ponies.
Walking & Hiking
Walking on Dartmoor is famed for its hiking trails, which stretch across 368 square miles of rugged moor and woodlands. There are also numerous walks around the parish, from all-day hikes to short circular strolls.
Walking with your canine companion is a great way to enjoy the National Park. Your dog will love all the different smells and exciting places to run about, but please remember that Dartmoor is a working landscape providing grazing for cattle, sheep, and ponies, both on the commons and in enclosed fields.
With so much Moorland to explore and the extensive network of quiet lanes and bridleways, there are plenty of opportunities for the novice or more experienced horse rider in the area. You can also ride on the open moor but care is needed due to the difficult terrain which is littered with bogs and rocks.
Dartmoor is also a fantastic location for cycling, whether you're a family cyclist or a world-class mountain biker. Riding on the open moorland is not permitted but there are many miles of lanes and bridleways to explore.