Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park is an area of moorland located near our hotel in the county of Devon, protected by National Park status, it covers 368 sq miles.
Dartmoor has a wealth of popular tourist
attractions ranging from castles, gardens and historic houses to forest walks,
waterfalls, wildlife parks, arts and crafts centres and traditional markets. As
well as places to visit you can enjoy a whole host of activities ranging from
rock climbing on the granite tors, horseriding, moorland walks, cycling,
fishing, golf and adventure activities. Whitewater kayaking and canoeing are
popular on the rivers due to the high rainfall. The River Dart is the most
prominent white water river, others include the Erme, Tavey, Plym and Meavey.
Dartmoor boasts a wealth of myths and legends - including pixies, headless horsemen, ancient buriel grounds, 'spectral hounds' and the 'Beast of Dartmoor'. Dartmoor has also inspired a number of artists and writers, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventure of Silver Blaze, Eden Phillpotts, Beatrice Chase, Agatha Christie, Rosamunde Pilcher, Laurie King, and the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould.
Dartmoor is managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority whose 22 members are drawn from Devon County Council, local district councils and Government. As part of the 1995 Environmental Act, the National Park Authority aims to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park and promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public.
For more information on Dartmoor, please visit www.dartmoor.co.uk, or telephone us on 01752 344455.