English Tourism Week begins tomorrow, and what better way to kick it off than with an adventure guide in one of the most scenic places in England? Situated in the heart of Devon in the south west, Dartmoor is an outdoor-lover’s paradise.
Why you should go: Set against a backdrop of high open moorland covering 400 square miles, Dartmoor is the biggest and wildest area of open country in southern England. Its dramatic landscapes support a large range of wildlife and plants.
What to do when you’re there: There are many family activities to enjoy, from zip-lining with Tree Surfers to horse-riding through the peaceful open moor, as well as many great walking routes. Dartmoor is also a popular destination for canoers and kayakers – great for viewing the landscape from a different perspective! If cycling is your thing, explore the Dartmoor Way – a 95-mile circular cycling route through the best views, towns and villages that Dartmoor has to offer.
Recommended routes: Discover Dartmoor with top routes from BBC Countryfile Magazine and Trail Magazine.
Top hiking maps: Explore Dartmoor with highly detailed OS Explorer mapping of the park.
Where to stay: Choose from glamping pods, cottages or pitch your own tent at the dog-friendly Langstone Manor Holiday Park, on the south west edge of the park – the perfect base for your Dartmoor holiday.
Where to eat: ‘The perfect Dartmoor hideaway for drinking & dining’: for fresh, local produce and fine Dartmoor ales, the Royal Oak Inn is the best choice. Don’t miss fish & chip night on Fridays!
Interesting fact: The national park is known for its huge granite tors: they were formed about 280 million years ago, as the granite forming Dartmoor cooled down.
Top tip: Visit from August through to autumn to discover the beautiful purple carpet of heather across the moor.