When it comes to hiking in Devon you can’t beat Dartmoor. With its wide open landscape that sprawls a leg-stretching 369 square miles, the national park is a playground for those of you who live to walk. Dartmoor’s ruggedness and varied history mean there’s no shortage of things to see or themed routes to follow too, so it’s just a question of what you fancy exploring.
Dartmoor is a tapestry of wooded valleys worthy of fairy tales and windswept tors to inspire the imagination - and summer sees hikers from all over the country make a beeline for it. Devon’s national park is dotted with mysterious remains from prehistoric times, ancient sites and the marks of its industrial past. Whichever section you choose to tackle on foot, you’ll pass something fascinating along the way that’ll make your hike unique.
You’ll be able to cross ancient streams using clapper bridges, study stone circles and ponder their meanings or peer at the ponies that have made the moor their home. Choose from 450 miles of public rights of way or try your hand (and feet!) at the art of letterboxing! Follow the clues that lead walkers from letterbox to letterbox across the moor and stamp your book at each one to show you made it. Letterboxing has been a local hobby since 1854, and you’ll see many still enjoying it as you go.
Check out the weather before you go as Dartmoor can be prone to quick changes in conditions, and make sure you pack for every element.
Parke Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9JQ