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Dartmoor Walks and Walking Holidays

Dartmoor Walks and Dartmoor Walking Holidays

Highlights -  Crossing the heights of the National Park on The Two Moors Way via the remains of haunting Grimspound or an absorbing week circling the moors highlights and villages on the Dartmoor Way

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Walking on Dartmoor National Park South West England UK Trekking Routes

“The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into ones soul, its vastness and also its grim charm. When you are once out upon its bosom you have left all traces of modern England behind you".                    

Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles

Dartmoor Way Walking Holidays Two Moors Way Long Distance Path DevonCompelling, exhilarating, challenging and never boring ! Dartmoor walking is a great antidote to modern urban life pitching you straight into England’s last remaining wilderness. A land of deep gorges, ghostly tors, churning rivers and endless mystery. 

Dartmoor National park offers 365 square miles of virtually uninhabited freedom and a walking holiday over Dartmoor frees your soul and clears your mind.

The long distance walking routes below shatter the myth that the area is one large, dark and sinister bog.  Mystical Stone Circles and ancient Iron Age settlements compete with pretty moorland market towns and imposing castles.

High twisted Granite Tors home to hardy wild ponies and buzzards fall away on the edge of the moor to gentle river gorges hiding otter,
kingfishers and long lost villages where time itself appears to have stood still.

Two Moors Way, Dartmoor Way and South West England Tours and Walking MapsExperienced walkers confident with a Dartmoor Map and compass should consider The Two Moors Way route over the moor. Tackle the high ground and ridges and for those with the time continue on over Exmoor to link the North and South Coastlines of Devon with its two National parks.

For those wanting a less demanding Dartmoor Walk then The Dartmoor Way offers a superb week of walking following the edges of the moor but still mixing sections of high ground and Tors with the Abbeys, 

Market Towns, gorges and villages that cling to the edge of the National Park.  From the infamous Victorian Prison to the dramatic Castles of Drogo and Okehampton the route links the very best of the area without the full challenges of the Two Moors Way.

Self Guided Walking Holidays on Dartmoor Devon UK, Accommodation Luggage TransfersEncounter Walking support Self Guided  Dartmoor Walking breaks and holidays throughout the year.  Based just a few miles over the border in East Cornwall our staff have plenty of experience of the moor, its trails and its highlights.

Contact a Walking Advisor to discuss your ideal walk and get the best itinerary for the time you have available in this unique and unforgettable walking area.

Hangershell Tor Two Moors Way Dartmoor National Park Walking ToursTwo Moors Way -  The ultimate Devon Coast to Coast Walk enters Dartmoor National Park at Ivybridge and crosses the heart of Dartmoor to exit at Drewsteignton. On route the River Dart, ancient crosses and stone circles backed by imposing Tors and summits. Stop at the Moorland Cathedral at Widecombe, overnight in the capital of the Moor at Chagford.

Visit Castle Drogo, marvel at the Iron Age village of Grimspond, traverse ancient clapper bridges and walk high above the stunning chasm that is the Teign Gorge.

Brentor Church Dartmoor National Park Walking Holidays and Short BreaksThe Dartmoor Way –  If you want to spend up to a week discovering Dartmoor then this is your walk. Circling the Moor the route captures a balance between some high moorland sections around Princetown with the lush river valleys and gorges on the fringes.

The walking is less demanding than the Two Moors Way but captures all the highlights of the National Park. Overnights are superb from larger Market Towns such as Tavistock and Okehampton to tiny Moorland Villages with a single welcoming inn and a roaring log fire. On route so much to see from the ancient abbey at Buckfastleigh, dramatic Castles at Okehampton, Drogo,  the astounding Church perched in the heavens on top of Brent Tor and the haunting Victorian Prison famous the world over for its most inhospitable location deep in the moor.

Walking Map of Dartmoor National Park Trekking and Hiking Guide UK

Other Dartmoor Walking Ideas - Contact us if you need help and advice with other Devon or Dartmoor Walks

Other Walking Holiday Regions - Return to our UK Walking Routes Map to look at other walking areas.

 

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