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Dartmoor National Park


A land of mist and mystery – steeped in folklore and a place of great literary inspiration, with a history of human settlement dating back over 4,000 years.

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The park


‘It’s a wonderful place, the moor. You cannot think of the wonderful secrets which it contains.’ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s descriptions of Dartmoor have captured the public imagination for over a century. The author was inspired to write his most famous novel The Hound of the Baskervilles whilst staying at The Duchy Hotel, now the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.

Bear witness to millennia of human existence. Prehistoric stone circles and standing stones are scattered across the high moor and the remains of Iron Age hillforts, medieval settlements and imposing granite crosses stand testament to Dartmoor’s long history.

Centuries on and life thrives here. Dartmoor’s blanket bog, upland oakwood, caves and mines are among habitats of international importance, supporting fascinating and rare wildlife.

The world’s largest land slug is regularly found in Dartmoor’s woodlands and the blue ground beetle, one of the rarest ground beetles found in the UK, is mainly restricted to Dartmoor.

Dartmoor is home to some 34,000 people and the former tin mining town of Chagford was voted by the Sunday Times newspaper as the best place to live in rural Britain.

Heathrow 3.30 hours

Bristol 2 hours

160 tors

Tors are where the granite rock that is underneath Dartmoor shows through.

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ENPEC Experiences

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ENPEC Accommodation

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The English National Parks Experience Collection Brochure 2019-20

This guide provides you with a source of information on the wide range of contractable experiences and accommodation available in nine of England’s National Parks.

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The Dartmoor National Park Overview

Trade contact

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Rebecca Martin (Visitor Services Manager)

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visit@dartmoor.gov.uk

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+44 (0)1822 890414 (visitor centres)

Accommodation

Bovey Castle

Bovey Castle


  • Address North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, TQ13 8RE
  • 60 rooms and 22 lodges rooms
  • Open All year eround - except 23-31 December
Moorland Garden Hotel

Moorland Garden Hotel


  • Address Tavistock Road, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6DA
  • 42 rooms
  • Open All year round.
Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa

Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa


  • Address Ilsington Village, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9RR
  • 25 rooms
  • Open All year round except from 2-16 January

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24Sep2019

Norfolk mead is a luxurious hotel in the heart of the Norfolk Broads countryside on the banks of the River Bure. The hotel offers secluded luxury in this gorgeous Georgian building; bedrooms are all individually styled with sumptuous contemporary furnishings, the communal areas are elegant and inviting and to complement

27Aug2019

National Park Birds of Prey Experience

This is a fun and engaging experience where guests get to handle, feed and fly the vast array of beautiful birds at this falconry business. Mark and Mandy are wonderful hosts who make guests feel at home instantly, the art of falconry is in their