Camping in Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park Location
Campers in Dartmoor National Park won’t ever be lost for things to do. The landscape features in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, has inspired poets, artists, photographers and authors. It’s easy to see why with fast flowing rivers, deep valleys and heather covered moorlands forming a picturesque landscape.
The moorlands are grazed by sheep, cattle and Dartmoor ponies who 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!
The parks eight reservoirs offer fishing with some also being used for canoeing. Those camping in Dartmoor will find plenty of ways to make use of the 35,000 hectares of land which have both foot and horse riding access. For active campers the Two Moors way connects both Dartmoor and Exmoor so there is plenty of space to walk, run and cycle on your holiday.
Camping in Dartmoor National Park
Things to do from the campsite
There are walks direct from the site on to Dartmoor. Letterboxing – a form of orienteering
There are plenty of walking and cycling apportunities from this site, for example, cycle or walk the Granite Way, a spectacular 11-mile track from Lydford to Okehampaton. Fish for brown and rainbow trout on Burrator reservoir (permits from the garage in Yelverton). Horse-riding is available from the award-winning Cholwell Riding Stables at Mary Tavy near Tavistock.
Tavistock farmers’ market is usually held on the second and forth Saturday of every month.
Places to visit
A good place to start your visit to Dartmoor is the National Park Visitor Centre at Princetown, east of Tavistock Club Site. Displays and exhibitions here give a wonderful insight into the history, culture and wildlife of the area. Princetown also offers excellent access to the north and south moors for hill walkers. Further east is Hay Tor (the most popular Tor on Dartmoor) and the Granite Tramway. Head south east from Tavistock Club Site for Sheepstor, the beautiful village where Stephen Spielberg’s Warhorse was filmed. Nearby Burrator Reservoir has a circular cycling/walking track that follows the lanes around the water and is suitable for families. Many more trails lead off onto Dartmoor. North of Tavistock campsite, Lydford boasts a castle and the stunning Lydford Gorge which stretches for one and a half miles from the Devil’s Cauldron whirlpool to the 100ft Whitelady Waterfall.
Things to do from the campsite:
Sit back and admire the views across Dartmoor from your pitch. The Two Moors Way passes a few hundred yards from Teign Valley campsite or walk to the nearby Drewsteignton and enjoy a well-earned pint at the Drew Arms.
Fernworthy Reservoir south west of Teign Valley Club Site is great for bird watching. Fly fishing is available for brown trout, sea trout and salmon on the upper reaches of the River Teign south of the site. Chagford is home of letterboxing on Dartmoor, while Kennick Reservoir near Bovey Tracy is a top rated premier rainbow trout fishery with angling from the banks and boats. Permits can be purchased from the permit hut.
Chagstock Music Festival takes place every July and Widecombe Fair occurs annually every September.
Places to visit:
A few miles south west of Teign Valley Club Site near Drewsteington is Castle Drogo, England’s newest Castle. This National Trust property has a delightful formal garden and woodland walks. Carry on to Chagford, a charming mining town, which is well worth a look. Nearby Fernworthy Reservoir is perfect for bird watching. Pack a picnic and head for Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs south east of Dartmoor campsite and then enjoy a three mile walk around the waters. The stunning Canonteign Falls in the heart of the Teign Valley is England’s highest waterfall at 220ft and is surrounded by beautiful woodland. There’s a children’s assault course and play area here. Becky Falls, south of Teign Valley Club campsite near Manaton is also worth visiting. Head west from the campsite for the National Trust run Finch Foundry at Sticklepath. This last remaining water-powered forge in England gives a unique insight into village life in the 19th century.
Teign Valley campsite is also handy for south Devon’s coastal resorts.