My Sleepy Hollow is just 20 minutes from the magnificent Dartmoor National Park...

Dartmoor National Park is one of the last great expanses of wilderness in the UK… rugged tors and heather clad moors are abundant across its inspirational landscape.

Dartmoor is a largely untamed countryside attraction that was designated as a National Park in 1951 and stretches across 368 square miles. Dartmoor’s surroundings are quite unlike any other and are populated by granite tors, eerie hut circles and standing stones, woodlands, streams, ponies, bustling towns, and secluded quaint villages.

Things to do on Dartmoor

There is so much to see and do on Dartmoor. The National Park is most easily accessed by car, but once you’re there you can walk, cycle, canoe and even fish whilst you soak up Dartmoor’ s very special atmosphere.

Dartmoor has so many wonderful track and footpaths to explore. There are lots of planned routes to follow such as The Dartmoor Way, a circuit that visits many attractive Dartmoor towns and villages (click here for a link to the 10 walks that make up the way… some including the beautiful Tavistock which is just 20 minutes from My Sleepy Hollow).

There is also the Two Moors Way that crosses the magnificent moorlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor… a coast-to-coast path that is suitable for both day walkers and long-distance walking enthusiasts (click here for more details).

Of course, you do not have explore using planned routes, as Dartmoor is full of unexpected delights to visit. Whatever your chosen adventure, there’s something for everyone, from a modern castle with fantastic views at Castle Drago and the tranquil monastery at Buckfast Abbey, to the picturesque Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Aside from its stunning scenery, Dartmoor is special for so many other reasons. Dartmoor shopping is a pleasure to behold; shops tend to be small but offer a plethora of opportunities from bookshops and quaint antique shops to specialist food and drink suppliers, to stunning arts and crafts galleries. (click here for some ideas).

Dartmoor National Park and the surrounding areas also provide the opportunity for a huge variety of immersive experiences. A great experience doesn’t just involve visiting somewhere… a great experience involves living it, breathing it, touching it and being a part of it. Woodland conservation experiences, Caving, Survival Skills Adventures, Carriage Rides, and so much more are available (click here for more information).

Dartmoor culture is also very strong with lots of events to enjoy throughout the year like the traditional celebration of the Tavistock Goose Fair. (click here for more ideas of events to visit).

A day out wouldn’t be complete with a visit to a country pub for lunch, a restaurant for dinner, or a tearoom for afternoon tea so click here for some ideas for places other people have recommended.

For more ideas and inspiration for days out on Dartmoor, Visit Dartmoor has lots of exciting ideas and suggestions for things to do, places to visit and activities to enjoy, including more fantastic walks.

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