Dartmoor National Park
The heart of Dartmoor is regarded as the last truly wild area in Southern England, and the brooding jagged skyline of the high moor has given rise to many myths, legends and works of literature. The visitor, however, will soon discover that the moor can be a far more agreeable place than that portrayed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’.
The ‘edge of the moor’ is a world of verdant grassland, tumbling streams, light woodland and abundant wildlife. Short turf cloaked in gorse and heather render the moor purple and gold during the late summer and autumn. Jagged natural rock formations and ancient stone circles and rows lend a wonderful atmosphere. Crystal clear streams tumble from the high moor as they lose height on their race toward the sea. Nestling in the valleys are attractive villages where welcoming country inns serve a good pint of locally brewed ale or cider, and tearooms a traditional cream tea.
The moor is teeming with wildlife; most notably hardy Dartmoor ponies, birds of prey, roe deer and the elusive otter.
The itinerary will vary depending upon the grade of the holiday, but highlights will include a visit to the airy viewpoints of Haytor Rocks, Saddle Tor and Hound Tor; the ancient clapper bridge across the River Dart at Postbridge; Wistman's Wood – one of the last vestiges of primeval forest - with its lichen-covered and weather-stunted oaks; Grimspound where the remains of late Bronze Age round houses add atmosphere to the landscape; and the idyllic villages of Lustleigh, North Bovey and Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
To give you a 'taster' of the landscape take a look at the beautiful aerial photography in this short video.
Your holiday on Dartmoor will be based at the White Hart Hotel [ETB/AA***] in the historic little market town of Moretonhampstead. The hotel is situated in the attractive town centre, surrounded by.medieval buildings, some of which date back to the time when King John granted the town its charter in 1207, for the princely annual rent of one sparrowhawk. The White Hart Hotel restaurant offers good food with a varied menu prepared using the abundance of quality local produce available on Dartmoor and in the surrounding Devon countryside. All of the individually decorated and well-appointed bedrooms, which will be in the main hotel building, have ensuite bathroom facilities.
- All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.
- Single traveller? Enjoy sole occupancy of a double room at a supplement of £25 per night. (More about single supplement)
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Rail: Newton Abbot
Onward travel: Public bus or taxi