Holiday Lodges near Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles in Devon. Dartmoor is the largest and wildest open country area in Southern England. The film director, Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming ‘War Horse’ on Dartmoor.”
Dartmoor is a great place for exploring, mountain biking and hiking. Its vast countryside offers a unique opportunity to experience nature and this remote area. There are a number of guided walks on offer by the Dartmoor National Park Authority which will provide you with a unique insight into the area.
Wildlife & Animals
The park is also home to ponies, cattle and sheep which graze on the park. These animals play an important role in management of the moor and keeping the area open to the public. Without them the area would soon become overgrown.
Military use of Dartmoor National Park
Parts of the Park are home to the Ministry of Defence, they are used for live firing for training. Many of the areas are open to the public except when live firing is scheduled. Well worth checking if you are planning to visit the moor around the Okehampton, Merrivale and Willsworthy firing ranges see www.dartmoor-ranges.co.uk
There is evidence of farming in Dartmoor dating back to pre-historic times. Neolithic remains and an impressive collection of bronze age history can be seen in the area. There are archaeological finds from all ages of history in the area.
Staying near Dartmoor
A great way to experience Dartmoor is to book one of the many holiday lodges in Devon that are local to Dartmoor. You can see a selection of the lodges available on the map below together with their proximity to the national park.
Dartmoor all year round
Dartmoor has plenty to offer families, couples and groups all year round. Its rolling heather landscape is a beautiful.
There are a number of information centres that can help you if you plan to visit the area
- Ashburton Information Centre: 01364 653 426
- Bovey Tracey Informaiton Centre: 01626 832 047
- Buckfastleigh Information Centre: 01364 644 522
- Ivybridge Tourist Information Centre: 01752 897 035
- Moretonhampstead Information Centre: 01647 440 043
- Newton Abbot Tourist Information Centre: 01626 215 667
- Okehampton Tourist Information Centre: 01837 530 20
- Tavistock Tourist Information Centre: 01822 612 938
- Totnes Tourist Information Centre: 01803 863 168
- Haytor Visitor Centre: 01364 661 520
- High moorland Visitor Centre, Princetown: 01822 890 414
- Postbridge Visitor Centre: 01822 880 272
Places to stay near Dartmoor
You can see from the map below that there are a number of holiday lodges available close to the park. Other options include a Devon Cottage or a Holiday Park in Devon.