Dartmoor - FURTHER INFORMATION
Dartmoor - Dartmoor visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Dartmoor' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Devon.
Dartmoor National Park is a protected moorland area in Devon in the south-west of England. Ancient and scenic, it is riddled with historic sites of archaeological importance and crowned with magnificent panoramic viewpoints across its windswept moorlands, pre-historic oak forests, dramatic rocky outcrops and natural landmarks.
Situated on the south coast in the heart of the holiday haven counties of Cornwall and Dorset, Dartmoor is only a short drive from the many seaside towns of the English Riviera such as Plymouth, Exeter and Bournemouth.
Freely open to all, this National Park is intensively managed to conserve and enhance its natural beauty, diversity, ecology, wildlife and cultural heritage. Covering 368 square miles, Dartmoor has a reputation of excellent as a visitor attraction, not only for its outstanding natural beauty but also for the vast range of reasons to visit.
Outdoor sports are a focal point on Dartmoor. There are innumerable walking routes of all grades and skill levels to provide something for every ability. Climbing the Tors and indeed "bagging" them is a lot of fun - that simply means collecting the achievement of having climbed as many as possible. There are even annual sporting events organised for this purpose. Tors are geological curiosities, boulder-like rocky outcrops which adorn the summit of many hill-tops. Each is unique and distinctive, smoothed, weathered granite mounds ranging from a few feet to many meters high are irresistible short climbs to conquer after having walked many miles across rugged moorland, or simply a few meters from the convenient carpark! There are all the usual outdoor sports available, on the moors, the river Dart, utilising the forest-trails and diversity of landscapes. Orienteering, kayaking and canoeing, fishing and angling, mountain biking - it's all possible. If sports are not your choice, the wealth of history, culture, mythology and archaeology associated with Dartmoor make it an intriguing site to visit to learn more of the history that shaped this area.