What to see and do on and around Dartmoor
Dartmoor is ideal for walking, cycling or pony trekking encompassing 368 square miles and over 200 tors, ranging from the dramatic Haytor and Hound Tor (setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles) to remote outcrops and the highest tors of High Willhays and Yes Tor. There is plenty to do and see over on the east side of Dartmoor. Do take time to visit Castle Drogo or enjoy some beautiful shaded woodland walks at Parke in Bovey Tracey. There are also many beautiful clear streams and rivers with their source on the high moor where you can swim or kayak or where you can just picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet and dramatic scenery.
Moorland towns and villages
The ancient stannary towns of Tavistock, Ashburton and Chagford offer a range of independent shops and markets with local produce and gifts. Princetown, on the high moor, and famous for its remote prison built to hold prisoners of the Napoleonic wars and has a museum and visitor centre along with several pubs and cafes. A host of Dartmoor villages such as Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Lustleigh, Buckland-in-the-Moor, South Zeal, Belstone and Sticklepath each have their own unique character, Dartmoor thatched cottages and cafes and gift shops.
For those who want to explore further afield there are a host of beaches such as Teignmouth, Dawlish, Paignton, Slapton and Bigbury on the south coast all within a 1 hour drive. Alternatively the north coast features the large expanses of Woolacombe and Saunton Sands in Devon and the smaller rugged inlets of Boscastle and Tintagel just over the border into Cornwall.
The cathedral city of Exeter with a wide range of cosmopolitan shops and restaurants, its outstanding university and sports centres and cinemas is only a 30 minutes drive. A little further west is the naval city of Plymouth with its historic Barbican, world famous Hoe where Sir Francis Drake is said to have played bowls while waiting for the Spanish Armada and Theatre Royal with many West End productions. Plymouth also boasts the National Marine Aquarium, an ice skating rink and the Plymouth Pavilions music and entertainment venue.
Attractions and Activities
Becky Falls with its woodland paths and bubbling streams is just outside the village of Manaton and within walking distance.
The location of Little Hazelcott is perfect for beautiful walks, drives and climbing tors. The country lanes around Little Hazelcott are filled with a variety of flora and fauna and the hedgerows in spring become a mass of colour. On Dartmoor there is something for everyone at no extra cost. Gentle strolls along easily navigated paths combine with more ambitious hiking routes which will keep you going for up to a day at a time. There are several really good dog friendly pubs and cafes within walking and short driving distance.
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Explore Dartmoor by public transport
The Haytor Hoppa (Bus service 271) is run by Dartmoor National Park and normally operates in the summer months between May and September. The bus runs every Saturday and is a circular, scenic bus service which covers the eastern side of Dartmoor starting and finishing in Newton Abbot via Bovey Tracey. The service is run by Country Bus http://countrybusdevon.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/271.pdf
Every Saturday: 23 May – 12 September 2020
This is a circular, scenic bus service which covers the eastern side of Dartmoor - starting and finishing in Newton Abbot via Bovey Tracey. Stops en route include Haytor Information Centre – with easy access to Haytor Rocks, the beautiful village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Houndtor Rocks, Manaton village, Becky Falls visitor attraction and Yarner Wood – before returning to Bovey Tracey.
Daily fare from Newton Abbot (or Bovey Tracey) for hop on/off all day: adult - £5 (£3.00); senior - £4.00 (£2.00); child (5-15 years) - £2 (£1). Dogs are also welcome on board and only 50p for a standard journey.