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Top 10 Recommended Things To Do in Dartmoor National Park


Things To Do in Dartmoor National Park
Members of the team here at PictureTheUK live in, and work from, Dartmoor National Park. We've spent years researching and photographing the Park. From walking its moors to climbing its tors, from exploring its historical buildings to photographing its ponies, there's plenty to do in rain or shine. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Things To Do in Dartmoor National Park' list for ideas. Click on each recommendation to learn more, see the attractions located on Google maps and to see what there's to do nearby. We'd also suggest you browse our other 'Top 10' lists for inspiration. Last, read our summary guide to Dartmoor National Park to learn more about the area. By James Penman.

Dartmoor Ponies

There are supposed to be about 5000 ponies roaming the moors. You can usually find some around Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor (East Dartmoor) to the east of the National Park. Take your camera. Visit The Miniature Pony Centre if you're unlucky enough not to see them on the moors.

High Moorland Visitor Centre

A great place to get to know Dartmoor. Displays provide information on geology, local life, flora and fauna and art. We strongly recommend a visit. See also the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton.

Castle Drogo and Gardens, Devon

The last castle to be built in England. A National Trust property with fine gardens and nice cream teas! Take time to explore the Teign Gorge which is awesome. Walk to Fingle Bridge for a pub lunch in the gorge.

Lydford Gorge and Waterfall, Devon

Home to the highest natural waterfall in South West England. An exceptional place that gets very loud when the water's in full flow. By the pretty Dartmoor village of Lydford. To the west and south west, explore the top attractions within the Tamar Valley AONB.

The Miniature Pony Centre

Always packed with young families, the Pony Centre's a great day out. Miniature ponies, donkeys, play areas and farm animals. If wildlife is your thing, visit Dartmoor Zoological Park and the Plymouth National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

Bowerman's Nose

Head to Hayne Down and find Bowerman's Nose amongst the granite. We include it here for the views of this part of the National Park. Some of the best around.

Yes Tor, Devon

One of only two mountains in the south of England. The other, High Willhays, is a short walk away. You'll need to check if the army aren't using the area first.

Museum of Dartmoor Life

Excellent local museum to the north of Dartmoor. Offers a fascinating insight to the lives of those who've worked here over the centuries. Visit the Princetown National Park Visitor Centre, too.

Dartmoor Way

A long distance footpath. Great any time of the year but if you find yourself in this area in Spring then get your boots on. The wild flowers are special. Alternatively, walk a section of the Two Moors Way.

Lustleigh Cleave, Devon

It was a toss up between this and Burrator Reservoir in the south west of the Park. Both are exceptionally beautiful with amazing views and walking. Try also the Dart Gorge and Teign Gorge.