Dartmoor & Country Holiday Cottages
Did you know...Dartmoor covers 368 square miles?
A Dartmoor holiday 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. Visit a Dartmoor holiday cottage and unwind amidst history, wildlife and stunning works of nature. The moor and its surrounding towns and villages are the perfect locations for scenic walks, cycling activities or just a peaceful picnic. Dartmoor’s history dates back to Prehistoric times, and there is a ruin or relic from every era to be found on this rugged open land.
- Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in Britain
- Widecombe Fair takes place every September at Widecombe in the Moor
- Dartmoor ponies are an official Endangered Species
Dartmoor Tourist Information
Dartmoor holidays are perfect for walkers, as there are literally hundreds of trails to choose from on and around Dartmoor. 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 during holidays on Dartmoor, 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.
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Dog Friendly Holidays on Dartmoor
There is no need to holiday in Devon without your family pet, as Blue Chip Holidays offers a range of properties to accommodate those on dog friendly holidays on Dartmoor. With 368 square miles of breathtaking National Park to investigate, a Dartmoor holiday will be bliss for any dog. Dogs are welcome on Dartmoor, although there are guidelines that must be followed to ensure a safe visit for dogs, owners and the resident wildlife. Many of Dartmoor’s pubs welcome dogs too, so there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy a refreshing cream tea or cider along the way.
Dartmoor Family Attractions
The Dartmoor holiday is a fantastic opportunity to spend time together as a family, and there are many attractions in the area aside from exploring the park itself. The annual fair from the famous song ‘Widecombe Fair’ is still held each September at Widecombe in the Moor and is a delight for all the family. Pennywell Farm at Buckfastleigh includes the opportunity to get up close to the animals, feed the babies and enjoy regular displays and activities.
The South Devon Railway is a 7 mile steam railway and operates between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. For a more unusual experience, why not take a Dartmoor Llama Walk from Newton Abbot, the walks run all year round and include a picnic.