Dartmoor covers a vast swathe of inland Devon, with National Park status protecting the ancient landscape. It's well known for its majestic granite tors and wild ponies but offers a wealth of fun days out for everyone whether your taste is for the adventurous, the exotic or the downright slothful. There are excellent walking and mountain bike trails through Dartmoor National Park. The 95-mile Dartmoor Way could be done in one epic summer's day ride although most visitors just do one or two of the four sections. Whatever you choose, you can expect stunning scenery a bit of a challenge, and an unforgettable experience.
A great day out could include taking a ride on the South Devon Steam Railway before visiting Buckfast Abbey or the residents at the Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, or browsing the shops and farmers' market in Tavistock and stocking up on locally produced goodies. Walk through Lydford Gorge, which is especially beautiful in spring and autumn, scare the kids at Dartmoor Prison Museum, or talk to the animals at Dartmoor Zoo. With fantastic beaches like Torquay and Teignmouth within a 30-minute drive of the centre of the national park, a self-catering holiday in Dartmoor means you can access the best of Devon's countryside and coast with ease.
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