Dartmoor National Park is an area of moorland in south Devon, England, protected by National Park status since 1951, it covers 368 sq miles.
Dartmoor is known for its tors hills topped with outcrops of bedrock, which in granite country such as this are usually rounded boulder-like formations. As much of the national park is covered in thick layers of peat, the rain is usually absorbed quickly and distributed slowly, so the moor is rarely dry. In areas where water accumulates, dangerous bogs or mires can result
Dartmoor abounds with myths and legends. It is reputedly the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of "spectral hounds", and a large black dog. During the Great Thunderstorm of 1638, the Dartmoor town of Widecombe-in-the-moor was even said to have been visited by the Devil.
Things to do
Dartmoor National Park one of Britains Breathing Spaces covering an area of 368 square miles, and over 450 miles of public rights of way, there is an abundance of walking routes to suit all tastes and abilities.
For cyclists, Dartmoor has everything you could wish for safe, traffic-free trails, quiet forest tracks, challenging bridleways and historic rural lanes to enjoy at your own pace.
Dartmoor is a wonderful place for both groups and individuals to climb. Many of the granite tors for which the National Park is famous offer both challenging routes and exciting bouldering opportunities amongst some of the wildest country in the south west.
The official site for the Dartmoor National ParkActive Dartmoor
Choose from a range of activities including walking, cycling, riding and climbingDartmoor Walks
Free detailed listings of walks in Dartmoor