Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park Location

Dartmoor National Park Location

Dartmoor National Park lies with the county of Devon, covering some 368 square miles. It’s a landscape of contrasts. In part a granite plateau dotted with distinctive tors (high rocks), deep valleys (combes) with fast flowing rivers and gorse and heather covered moorlands grazed by sheep, cattle and Dartmoor ponies.

These hardy ponies have roamed Dartmoor since pre-historic times. Hoof-prints of domesticated ponies dating back around 3,500 years were found on Dartmoor during an archaeological excavation in the 1970s. These indigenous ponies are now quite rare.

The Park has 734km of public rights of way in all - 357km of footpaths, 356km of bridleways and 19km of byways. For anyone wishing to experience the landscapes of both Dartmoor and Exmoor the 163km Two Moors Way joins the two National Parks. The 35,000 hectares of common land also offer foot and horse riding access. While the Park’s eight reservoirs offer fishing with some rivers accessible for both fishing and canoeing.

The Park's landscape has inspired poets, artists, photographers and authors - and featured on the silver and small screen, more recently on TV in the BBC Sherlock Holmes adventure, Hound of the Baskervilles and in cinemas in Steven Spielberg's War Horse.

Camping in Dartmoor National Park