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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":237,"Name":"Dartmoor \u0026 Country","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Dartmoor holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA break on Dartmoor is not only an escape but an experience \u0026ndash; 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\u0026rsquo;s history dates back to Prehistoric times, and there\u0026#39;s a ruin or relic from every era to be found on this rugged open land.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Dartmoor\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDartmoor 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen it comes to cycling, there are many routes and circuits \u0026ndash; suitable for varying levels and ages. The Dartmoor Way cycle route circles 90 miles of the National Park\u0026rsquo;s outskirts and can be enjoyed in stages to include the sights and areas you wish to explore.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor those who love watersports, there is no better place to visit than Roadford Lake. Alongside walking and cycling trails, you\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;t fancy getting to grips with a new skill, simply head to the lake for a day of tranquillity and admire the stunning scenery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eDartmoor Attractions\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe great thing about Dartmoor is that it\u0026rsquo;s packed with attractions for all ages. Alongside historic landmarks, pubs and family entertainment, you\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;ll give you a warm welcome. The Rugglestone Inn and The Cleave are just two pubs you\u0026rsquo;ll want to re-fuel at. If you\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;s also dressage performances and demonstrations to get to know the animals a little better.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTo experience Dartmoor\u0026rsquo;s local history, head to Castle Drogo. Situated just outside Exeter, this spectacular castle contains treasures and exhibitions that showcase the castles history. There\u0026rsquo;s also a beautiful rose garden and terraced garden as well as an indoor caf\u0026eacute; 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"dartmoor-country","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364558538.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Gidleigh Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eGidleigh Park is the South West\u0026rsquo;s most prestigious restaurant, and it\u0026rsquo;s got awards and accolades aplenty. Named the Best Restaurant in the South West by the Sunday Times Food List, Gidleigh Park was also voted as having the Best Wine List and came second for Best Service. So that\u0026rsquo;s the Sunday Times wowed by the food, wine and service...what more can we say?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMichael Caines MBE and his team have impressed their diners for 13 years, and with set and taster menus available for lunch and dinner sittings the restaurant is one of those food lovers should visit at least once. Gidleigh Park is the home of fine dining in Devon, and you can\u0026rsquo;t get much fresher than herbs and veg grown just metres from the kitchen \u0026ndash; yes that\u0026rsquo;s right, much of the produce used in the dishes is grown in the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s very own Kitchen Garden. As the seasons change so do the menus, so diners can enjoy the best flavours of the moment at any time of year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe wine cellar is almost as impressive as the restaurant itself, and those who can\u0026rsquo;t resist a peek at the 1100 bins it stores can ask for a personal visit. 10,000 bottles are stored in the cellar, so there\u0026rsquo;s always a huge selection of wines waiting to complement the menu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eGidleigh Park operates a dress code, so it\u0026rsquo;s shirts with collars for the gentlemen and they ask that diners don\u0026rsquo;t wear denim or trainers. Children are welcome but they must be over 8. Tucked in peaceful countryside, Gidleigh Park offers an experience its visitors never forget \u0026ndash; from the location, to the food and that special service that helps diners to relax, and more than 8000 voters would recommend it to visitors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6765,"LocationLongitude":-3.87367,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/05/Gidleigh Park.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/gidleigh-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/05/Gidleigh Park.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Hiking on Dartmoor ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhen it comes to hiking in Devon you can\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;s ruggedness and varied history mean there\u0026rsquo;s no shortage of things to see or themed routes to follow too, so it\u0026rsquo;s just a question of what you fancy exploring.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDartmoor 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\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;ll pass something fascinating along the way that\u0026rsquo;ll make your hike unique.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;ll see many still enjoying it as you go.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCheck out the weather before you go as Dartmoor can be prone to quick changes in conditions, and make sure you pack for every element.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.5719,"LocationLongitude":-3.92116,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368531504.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/newton-abbot/hiking-on-dartmoor","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368531504.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Pennywell Farm","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNow who doesn\u0026rsquo;t love a cuddle with a miniature pig or the chance to feed a new lamb? The glory of the award-winning Pennywell Farm and Activity Park is that its visitors can pet, hold and feed the animals for a day out to remember. The attraction is home to animals that just love to make friends, rides, displays and shows so it\u0026rsquo;s great fun no matter what your age. In fact it\u0026rsquo;s so busy that the bell tolls every time there\u0026rsquo;s something new to see or do starting, and you\u0026rsquo;ll hear it pretty much every half an hour.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe animals include sheep, goats and ponies, but it\u0026rsquo;s the miniature pigs that always manage to charm the visitors. You might even see them show their skills in a miniature pig race. Spring is always one of the most exciting times on any farm, and Pennywell is no different. Each year brings a new selection of babies \u0026ndash; and the more friendly faces that greet them the happier they are.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are pony rides available throughout the summer on the miniature ponies, and there are all kinds of indoor attractions if you get a shower during your visit. Whether you milk the goats, race ferrets or feed the deer by hand during your time at Pennywell Farm, you\u0026rsquo;ll come away feeling you\u0026rsquo;ve done your bit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.4593,"LocationLongitude":-3.77733,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368539971.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/pennywell-farm","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368539971.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Climbing at Haytor","Body":"\u003cp\u003eVisiting Devon with climbing Haytor is pretty much on a par with refusing to try a cream tea...it\u0026rsquo;s just not done! Haytor is the ultimate Dartmoor climbing spot, not least because it\u0026rsquo;s so renowned. There are dozens of climbs to tackle, and they vary in difficulty to make for an interesting day\u0026rsquo;s climbing. The crag is divided into two, High Man and Low Man, and no matter which of them you climb it\u0026rsquo;ll be fantastic. If you head to the back of the tor you\u0026rsquo;ll find a choice of more than 30 impressive routes reaching up to 80 feet in height, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be spoilt for choice at this Dartmoor beauty spot.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eEach of the routes is protected, but keep your eyes open for the visitors that choose the easy way and walk up! It\u0026rsquo;s not possible to see Low Man from the road, but you\u0026rsquo;ll find around 25 routes to choose from, and they range from Severe to the Higher Extremes. Haytor is one of the busier spots for a climb in Devon, and it attracts thousands of visitors every week \u0026ndash; especially during the tourist season.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHaytor is west facing and is a granite rock, and it\u0026rsquo;s home to some of Dartmoor\u0026rsquo;s longest and most popular routes. Haytor is perfect for the sub-E1 climber, while Low Man has more to offer those on E2 and above. Interrogation and aviation are a must! Haytor has many easy grades too, so it\u0026rsquo;s always been a popular choice with younger climbers and school parties. Haytor and Haytor rocks (immediately adjacent) are easily accessible by road.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5803,"LocationLongitude":-3.75515,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/04/1364813340.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"the-tamar-valley/plymouth/climbing-at-haytor","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/04/1364813340.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThis otter sanctuary and butterfly farm is a peaceful day out, and it offers the chance to see otters and butterflies in their natural habitats. The butterfly farm houses hundreds of brightly coloured butterflies in tropical surroundings, and the glass otter enclosures enable visitors to watch them swimming underwater. There\u0026rsquo;s always excitement at feeding times when you can watch the keeper dishing out meals, and the whole attraction is designed so that visitors can see the animals as clearly as possible.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\t\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\tLocated just outside the stunning Dartmoor National Park, Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies also sell discounted tickets for the South Devon Steam Railway to its visitors. Hop aboard for a scenic steam train journey beside the River Dart, and you can also buy discounted tickets for Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, which you can reach using the same train.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\t\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\tLeave a whole day aside to ensure you have plenty of time for everything and you\u0026rsquo;ll experience Buckfastleigh and the local area at their best. The best part of the three attraction deal is that you can leave the car in the car park and enjoy discovering the Devon countryside by train and on foot. Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies is open most days throughout the winter, but please note that butterflies don\u0026rsquo;t come out until the spring when the weather warms up enough.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.482,"LocationLongitude":-3.76699,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/otter2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/dartmoor-otters-and-buckfast-butterflies","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/otter2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Peter Tavy Inn","Body":"\u003cp\u003eA holiday in Devon means plenty of opportunity to indulge the dog in long ambles through the countryside, and that means stopping to wet your whistle in a friendly pub along the way. As mid dog walk pubs go, it would be difficult to find one more suited to the cause than the Peter Tavy Inn on Dartmoor.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis 15th century inn has a rural location, low wooden beams and log fires so it ticks all the boxes for a refreshing pause with your pet. There\u0026rsquo;s outdoor seating too, and the grassy garden makes a lovely place to sit and rest over a meal and a drink on a warm day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt may look like the quintessential quiet county pub, but (like most of Devon\u0026rsquo;s pubs) the Peter Tavy Inn has a bit of a history too. The building was used as a location in the 60s film \u0026lsquo;Run Wild, Run Free\u0026rsquo; which starred Sir John Mills, and many of the extras you can see in the scenes\u0026rsquo; backgrounds were actually local villagers enjoying a drink.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe bar only serves West Country ales, and there are always 3 or 4 on tap to welcome tired walkers. Lunch is served between 12 and 2pm each day. The inn is just 3 miles from Tavistock, and as you sit in the garden and look out at Dartmoor you\u0026rsquo;ll feel miles from anywhere.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5806,"LocationLongitude":-4.1027,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368609891.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/peter-tavy-inn","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368609891.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Ashburton Cookery School","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDartmoor always drums up thoughts of warm cottages and hearty meals, so what better place to learn a new confidence in your cooking? Ashburton Cookery School offers imaginative courses in the art of cooking from its purpose built academy in the heart of stunning Dartmoor. There are more than 40 courses to choose from, and its team of professional chef tutors get the best from cooks of all ages and levels.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDo you wish you could cook up something special for your family, or impress your friends when they come over instead of order in? Choose from one day, weekend or five day courses to equip you with the skills and confidence to get passionate about food.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCourses include traditional bread making, delightful bites for dinner parties, fish and seafood and modern British. In fact, there\u0026rsquo;s a class for nearly every major world food, and if you want to be able to serve up the best tastes of Devon there\u0026rsquo;s even a Taste of the West Country course.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith more than ten years\u0026rsquo; experience at training budding cooks, Ashburton Cookery School is one of the most established culinary schools in the South West. You\u0026rsquo;ll be given plenty of one on one time to make sure you\u0026rsquo;re picking things up as you go, and no class is ever larger than 16 people.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5223,"LocationLongitude":-3.74206,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/04/1364822099.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/ashburton-cookery-school","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/04/1364822099.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Bovey Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBovey Castle is all about enjoying the finer things in life in a grand setting, so it\u0026rsquo;s no wonder it\u0026rsquo;s an ever-popular location for a day of pampering. Even the booking and planning is made as relaxing as possible thanks to clear spa day packages that include every detail. You\u0026rsquo;ll be greeted on arrival and you car will be parked, leaving you time to sit back and admire the valley views until your therapist is ready to get started. You\u0026rsquo;ll enjoy a range of spa treatments, a lunch and full use of the beautiful Art Deco pool...bliss.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eChoose between a half day or a full day package and get ready to forget your troubles and enjoy some time that\u0026rsquo;s all about you. The two course lunch will be taken in the Castle Bistro, so the full day package is an unforgettable experience. It also includes a body envelopment treatment, and the choice of a firming facial or a healing facial. The packages are flexible too, so you\u0026rsquo;ll have the choice of a combination of both facials or even one in the morning and one before you leave.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBovey Castle is surrounded by Dartmoor National Park, so you\u0026rsquo;ll feel a world away even before the treatments start. There\u0026rsquo;s a golf course onsite too, so if you fancy taking some time out while your partner practices his swing it makes a great location for both. Bovey Castle is pet friendly too, so you won\u0026rsquo;t even have to worry about where to leave your dog.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6477,"LocationLongitude":-3.80198,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/Pool.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/bovey-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/Pool.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Okehampton Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOkehampton Castle may be a picturesque ruin today, but it was once the largest castle in Devon. Built between 1068 and 1086, the castle was owned by the de Courtenays who later went on to become the Earls of Devon. The castle stayed in the same family for generations, before their involvement in the War of the Roses led to the head of the family\u0026rsquo;s unfortunate end at the hands of Henry VIII and the castle was abandoned to fall into disrepair. The castle also had a deer park, which was rented out by the crown following the demise of Courtenay.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow owned by English Heritage, the ruined castle has long been a favourite with painters, and it\u0026rsquo;s inspired one of Devon\u0026rsquo;s most enduring folk tales. Local lore has it that the castle is haunted by Lady Howard who was said to have murdered all four of her husbands. It\u0026rsquo;s said that she can be seen each night at midnight, travelling from Okehampton to Tavistock in a carriage made of bones with a headless driver. She must pluck one blade of grass from the castle\u0026rsquo;s hillside every night, and she will only be released from her penance when every blade has been picked.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7309,"LocationLongitude":-4.00825,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368532955.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/okehampton-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368532955.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dartmoor Zoo","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou may just have heard of a little film called \u0026#39;We Bought a Zoo\u0026#39;...well now you can visit the place where the blockbuster started. The true story depicted by Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson actually happened here in the wilderness of Dartmoor, and you may even catch sight of Benjamin Mee and his children as they go about the daily business of tending their animals.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eClose to Plymouth, the zoo is set in 33 acres of unspoilt woodland and enjoys some of the best views on Dartmoor. Known for its fascinating collection of big cats, the zoo is home to tigers, lions, jaguar, bears monkeys and all kinds of other animals. Animal enrichment sessions mean visitors can watch in awe as the big cats pounce for their meat just as they would in the wild, and the zoo\u0026rsquo;s story means it\u0026rsquo;s one of Devon\u0026rsquo;s most unusual attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s plenty of wide open space to enjoy the zoo in your own time, and children are free to make the most of the outdoors and run free during their visit. Picnics are welcome throughout the zoo, and the keepers welcome questions. This is one of the country\u0026rsquo;s most relaxed animal parks, and since inspiring the silver screen it\u0026rsquo;s also one of the most famous. If the touching tale of the zoo has passed you by, brush up before your visit with Benjamin\u0026rsquo;s book \u0026lsquo;We Bought a Zoo\u0026rsquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.4075,"LocationLongitude":-3.99615,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/leopard.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/dartmoor-zoo","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/leopard.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Buckfastleigh Farmers\u0027 Market","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find Buckfastleigh Farmers Market perched on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, and if you\u0026rsquo;re already dreaming of homemade preserves, freshly backed loaves and organic ingredients by the score you\u0026rsquo;re not far off. This is one of the friendliest markets in Devon so leave time to pass the time of day with the locals and stall holders while you\u0026rsquo;re browsing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe range of produce to choose from is huge, so whether you stock up for the holiday at the beginning of your stay or just pick up a few novelties you\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty to choose from. In fact, we bet you leave with at least one item that wasn\u0026rsquo;t on your list.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe market is held every Thursday from 9am to 1pm and it\u0026rsquo;s one of the nicest ways to experience life in Devon during your holiday. Stalls include free-range, home-reared beef, hearty meat pies, poultry and game, local cheese, fresh local fish and smoked fish, venison and much more.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like the idea of local produce but wasn\u0026rsquo;t planning on cooking you\u0026rsquo;ll even find home produced ready meals. There are fair trade products available and the market is a great find for anyone with a bit of a penchant for organic produce.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.4814,"LocationLongitude":-3.77514,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368546719.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/buckfastleigh-farmers-market","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368546719.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Becky Falls","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDiscover an exhilarating Dartmoor waterfall tucked away in the woods, and take your pick of colour coded trails for the whole family. Dogs are welcome on all of the woodland trails (although not at the waterfall) and each one has been carefully graded to help you choose the right one for your clan. The walks are a great opportunity to explore this secluded area of Dartmoor and discover why Becky Falls is one of the county\u0026rsquo;s most popular attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe blue trail is the easiest of the four, and as it\u0026rsquo;s mostly flat it\u0026rsquo;s not too difficult (even for those of us who aren\u0026rsquo;t quite in Olympic shape!). This walk includes the Children\u0026rsquo;s Nature Trail competition, so if you\u0026rsquo;re with little ones they\u0026rsquo;ll have something to do as they walk. The walk should take around 40 minutes, and there are some steps along the way. If you\u0026rsquo;re wearing sensible shoes and feeling up for a challenge try your hand at the red or purple trails or (and this one is really daring) the boulder clamber!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBecky Falls has attracted visitors to Devon since 1903, and you\u0026rsquo;ll soon understand why the years have seen it inspire poets, writers and romantics. Aside from the gift shop, the site has changed very little since this woodland valley first appeared on the tourist map. 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The great news is that hikers have their pick of the areas that shimmered on the silver screen, and they\u0026rsquo;re as unspoilt as they were for the centuries before Hollywood discovered them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a small village right in the heart of the national park, and it not only makes a picturesque base for a hearty Devon hike but it\u0026rsquo;s also an interesting place to spend some time. 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This rugged, windswept landscape has the kind of open spaces that make you want to ride until the world\u0026rsquo;s a blur, and what a place to feel reconnected with nature.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find challenging routes at every turn, dramatic scenery and the chance to feel that it\u0026rsquo;s just you, your horse and the elements. Better still, you can enjoy the feeling that your treading the same paths and trails as Dartmoor\u0026rsquo;s forefathers all those centuries ago. Don\u0026rsquo;t be daunted by Dartmoor\u0026rsquo;s size, as it can be divided into sections and each has its own advantages depending on what you\u0026rsquo;re looking for.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re a first time visitor to the moor or not the most experienced rider then try starting in the south east. The area\u0026rsquo;s gentle slopes make for easy rides, and the scenery is typically beautiful as the rest of the national park. 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The isolated location of this former high security prison has given it an air of mystery, conjuring visions of stripe-clad escapees stumbling across the moors. Learn about the real Dartmoor Prison at the Dartmoor Prison Museum, and separate the fact from the fiction.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003cbr /\u003e\r\nThe museum tells the prison\u0026rsquo;s story from the beginning, when it was built in 1809 and the first prisoners arrived from France. In those days the number of inmates exceeded 6000, and many prisoners died and were buried on Dartmoor. Victorian times saw the prison reputed as one of the country\u0026rsquo;s harshest and in 1917 all inmates were transferred to make way for hundreds of conscientious objectors who said no to military service. 1932 saw one of the prison\u0026rsquo;s biggest ever uprisings in rebellion against its awful food, and much of the building was damaged.\u003cbr /\u003e\r\n\u003cbr /\u003e\r\nThe prison has housed some of the country\u0026rsquo;s most infamous criminals, including John George Haigh and Frank Mitchell, and the museum offers a peek into what life behind bars was really like before modernisation. Dartmoor is still in use as a prison, although it no longer houses the most dangerous prisoners and focuses instead on rehabilitation. The museum is open all year round, and there is a quiz sheet for children. 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Follow the path down the hill and you\u0026rsquo;ll pick of the narrow land that leads back to the car park. 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The tor is easy to access via road and there are several car parks nearby to choose from. If you start in the first car park after passing Haytor village you can cross the road opposite and start to follow the path on the other side. Visitors are free to climb Hay Tor is they fancy it, but the hand rails are no longer there as they were objected to by some and eventually rusted!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen you come to a fork in the road, follow the disused tramway and you\u0026rsquo;ll soon come to one of the routes most interesting sights. You\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see ancient hut circles still visible. Thought to be the homes of Dartmoor\u0026rsquo;s earliest farmers, hut circles dot the moor and have fascinated archaeologists for decades.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe path continues through this site to Holwell Tor is often overlooked in the shadow of the looming Hay Tor, but just half a mile away it\u0026rsquo;s also extremely picturesque. 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The earliest record of this piece of Dartmoor history is 1655, and although it\u0026rsquo;s not the only one of its kind on Dartmoor it\u0026rsquo;s one of the largest. In spite of its grand age, more than 800 vehicles pass over it every hour, so don\u0026rsquo;t be fooled by its delicate appearance.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are all kinds of short walks starting from and including the Postbridge, but many choose to walk over Lakehead Hill and Bellever Tor to Dunnabridge Pound, returning via Laughter Tor. This walk is just over six miles, and you\u0026rsquo;ll pass tors, stone rows, cairn circles and more. Don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you don\u0026rsquo;t fancy a six mile journey - you can always return the way you came after visiting Bellever Tor.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you start the walk at the Postbridge bus stop and follow the B3212 until you reach the road to Bellever. 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Tucked in the heart of Dartmoor, England\u0026rsquo;s highest waterfall streams over ancient rocks into peaceful lakes at their foot, and is one of the county\u0026rsquo;s most spectacular hidden treasures. At 220ft high, Canonteign Falls is a fantastic family day out and an impressive sight.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith three picturesque walks to choose from, a wealth of wildlife and a peaceful atmosphere, Canonteign Falls is a true haven. A children\u0026rsquo;s play area and assault course will complete the excitement for kids, and the gentle pathways throughout the site make this day out suitable for all ages. 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