Our guide to Dartmoor holiday cottages
A break on Dartmoor is not only an escape but an experience – this fascinating area will dazzle the senses with its natural beauty and breathtaking contrasts. Step into a timeless landscape of ancient tors, mysterious sites and moorland ablaze with colour throughout the seasons. Stay on Dartmoor and unwind amidst history, wildlife and stunning works of nature. Dartmoor’s history dates back to Prehistoric times, and there's a ruin or relic from every era to be found on this rugged open land.
Things to do in Dartmoor
Dartmoor is perfect for walkers, as there are literally hundreds of trails to choose from. Themed trails are also available, which are a great way to appreciate the dramatic moors and have a bit of fun along the way! For example, treasure trails and murder mysteries bring the moor to life and will capture the imaginations of younger walkers.
When it comes to cycling, there are many routes and circuits – suitable for varying levels and ages. The Dartmoor Way cycle route circles 90 miles of the National Park’s outskirts and can be enjoyed in stages to include the sights and areas you wish to explore.
For those who love watersports, there is no better place to visit than Roadford Lake. Alongside walking and cycling trails, you’ll find a wide range of sports that all outdoor lovers will treasure. Located on the edge of Dartmoor, close to the Devon and Cornwall border, this 730 acres of water is an exciting prospect for any sports enthusiast. The Outdoor + Active Centre offers windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, rowing and more, with instructors on hand for those new to watersports. Even if you don’t fancy getting to grips with a new skill, simply head to the lake for a day of tranquillity and admire the stunning scenery.
The great thing about Dartmoor is that it’s packed with attractions for all ages. Alongside historic landmarks, pubs and family entertainment, you’ll discover many cultural attractions which add to the diversity of the area. If you enjoy visiting pubs, then Dartmoor is packed with traditional rural inns that’ll give you a warm welcome. The Rugglestone Inn and The Cleave are just two pubs you’ll want to re-fuel at. If you’re on holiday with younger members of the family, then what better way to explore Dartmoor than with a trip to Pennywell Farm to make friends with some seriously cute animals. If that wasn’t enough, The Miniature Pony Centre is bound to make you coo. Children can have a pony ride, help to care for the animals and explore their home. There’s also dressage performances and demonstrations to get to know the animals a little better.
To experience Dartmoor’s local history, head to Castle Drogo. Situated just outside Exeter, this spectacular castle contains treasures and exhibitions that showcase the castles history. There’s also a beautiful rose garden and terraced garden as well as an indoor café serving delicious cream teas. For a little more history, head to The House of Marbles, a working glass factory featuring a museum of glass, oversized marbles, glass shop and restaurant.