Top 10 Things to do on Dartmoor

Here are our Top 10 Things to do on Dartmoor!

Dartmoor is an incredible place to visit. It is full of things to see, so we’ve picked out our top 10 things to do on Dartmoor.

1. See the Tors on Dartmoor

There are over 160 Tors on Dartmoor. These amazing rock formations have stood on Dartmoor for centuries and believe to have started forming over 280 million years ago from molten rock. One of the more popular Tors, Haytor, welcomes thousands of visitors every year, and you can see why! The far-reaching views is an unmissable sight when visiting Dartmoor.

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Haytor on Dartmoor

2. Visit Dartmoor’s Fantastic Attractions

We are one of many attractions on Dartmoor that you can visit! Visit Dartmoor have a list of fascinating places to see whilst you’re here and as much as we would love you to visit us every day, we know there are other places well worth exploring too 🙂 From castles to zoo’s, there is plenty to see and do. Find the wonderful line up of Dartmoor attractions here. Or find out more about visiting our lovely farm here!

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Indoor Play Area at the Miniature Pony Centre

3. Eat at Delicious Dartmoor Pubs and Restaurants

There are many delicious eateries dotted around Dartmoor, ready to welcome you for a well-deserved pit stop whilst you’re discovering the moor. The Warren House inn at Postbridge is a popular destination for a spot of lunch; its log wood fire has been burning since 1845! If you’re planning to visit our lovely farm for the day, why not enjoy a spot of lunch or a cuppa with a cake in our Paddock View café. Around Dartmoor, you will also find 5* fine dining, quaint cafés and delicious pub grub! There’s nothing better than a hearty meal after a day of exploring. Find out more about delicious Dartmoor on the Visit Dartmoor website.

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Tea and Cake on Dartmoor

4. Explore the History of Dartmoor

Dartmoor is steeped in history. But not only history; there is also a lot of folklore and legends that surround the area. Read more about Dartmoor’s Myths and Legends here. Dartmoor was also the setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ novel. Dartmoor has a real air of mystery; you feel like there is so much history here.

If you want to explore the real depths of Dartmoor’s history, there are plenty of places to do just that. Grimspound near Widecombe in the Moor is home to a late bronze age settlement. The stones are set where the roundhouses were built and where the men and women would have lived. You can just make out where the doorways would have been and you can see the size of their homes. It’s a wonderful site to explore, and one of many prehistoric settlements found on Dartmoor; over 1200 places show evidence of life in a previous time! 

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Pre-Historic Dartmoor

5. Visit the Local Villages on Dartmoor

Dartmoor is not short of quaint villages and beautiful towns. Every village and town has its own character and charm. You will find Dartmoor is bursting with beautiful shops and cafés run by small business owners. Find everything from antiques and handmade crafts to delis and wine stores. On your visit, make sure to stop by as many villages and towns as you can, to enjoy everything Dartmoor has to offer. Find a list of Dartmoor’s towns and villages here.

Villages on Dartmoor – Things to do on Dartmoor

6. Enjoy the Walking Paths on Dartmoor

Dartmoor is truly the perfect place to enjoy a walk. With breathtaking scenery and an abundance of wildlife, your walk will be full of wonder and exploration. Breath in the fresh air and feel that wonderful sense of escapism. We are spoilt for walking routes on Dartmoor and there are routes for all abilities. You can enjoy a gentle stroll or go hiking for the day – the possibilities are endless! Find a walk that’s perfect for you here.

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Wistmans Wood – Walking Path on Dartmoor

7. See the Wild Animals on Dartmoor

You haven’t experienced Dartmoor unless you see the amazing wildlife passing through it. Driving along the long, winding roads, you will come across various breeds of sheep, cows, horses… the list goes on. The Highland cows are a sight to see, with their amazing shaggy coats and large horns. The animals are used to visitors on Dartmoor, but it’s best to admire them from a distance and let them roam in their beautiful habitat. As these animals love to wonder, make sure to drive carefully, as they often cross the roads or graze at the side of them. Your patience is appreciated and it is a wonderful chance to take a moment to see these amazing creatures.

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Highland Cows on Dartmoor

8. Take Part in Activities – Things to do on Dartmoor

Dartmoor is the perfect playground for a variety of activities. From the perfect cycle ride to gentle horse rides, you won’t be stuck for adventures. As well as walking tours, you can also enjoy climbing, watersports and letterboxing. You can even take part in llama walking too! Find out more about the variety of activities you can enjoy on Dartmoor here.

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Llama Walking on Dartmoor

9. Enjoy Local Events

Whether it’s Christmas Markets, food festivals, fetes or fairs, there is always a fun-filled event to enjoy on Dartmoor every month. Enjoy music nights, children’s activities or sporting events. To keep up with all the events that take place on Dartmoor, take a look at this events page on Visit Dartmoor.

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Events on Dartmoor – Widecombe on the Moor Market

10. Sit back, Relax and Take in the Scenery

One of the best things you can do on Dartmoor is to simply sit back and watch the world go by. The scenery is breathtaking and just being in the open expanse of moorland is wonderful for the soul. Enjoy a picnic on the moor and embrace the landscape before you.

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Dartmoor Landscape

We hope this list of things to do on Dartmoor has inspired you and will make your trip even more wonderful.