Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor is one of the UK’s last wild places and is a National Park. It’s a place of contrasts – dramatic granite tors, hidden sunken quarries, ancient standing stones and magical wooded valleys. It attracts thousands of visitors every year and the main roads and car parks can get busy in the summer time. However, it’s big enough for you to find places to explore away from the crowds if you want peace and quiet.
The weather can change quickly and is often cooler and mistier than the surrounding areas. If you’re planning on straying off the beaten track make sure you go prepared with proper walking boots and wet weather gear. Take maps or a GPS and make sure someone else knows where you’re going. If you’re feeling less adventurous then try a guided walk with an experienced local or download an audio walk to your smartphone.
There are visitor centres in Princetown, near Haytor and at Postbridge where you can pick up maps, guide books and get tips from the knowledgeable local staff.