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Things to do in Dartmoor Forest

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Dartmoor National Park is one of the last great wildernesses in the uk with an inspirational landscape of the heather clad moors and rugged tors. Great place to visit and enjoy the the views whilst exploring the Park. Full day out to enjoy the beauty.”
  • 271 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Great for an easy family walk on Dartmoor. You can walk on the road around the reservoir but the trails are far better. In the summer normal shoes will suffice. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“Quirky, inexpensive and informative museum covering the history of the prison, notable incidents and some insight into the current service”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely walk to this ancient Woodland of stunted Oaks, stop into the Two Bridges Hotel for a Cream Tea afterwards”
  • 12 locals recommend
Hotel
“For an absolute treat visit award winning Gidleigh Park hotel and fine dining restaurant for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. The most incredible food and experience in a stunning location on the northern edge of Dartmoor. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great walk over the moor, around Fernworthy Reservoir and on to the pub for a nice lunch and either a return journey or a short taxi ride back.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Good food, ideal if travelling back through Princetown from elsewhere. Also good for lunch if you've walked to Princetown.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature
“We are so lucky to have Dartmoor and Exmoor, two of the most beautiful National Parks in the UK, just down the road. Dartmoor and Exmoor both have their own unique characters... Dartmoor is a wild, wide-open place filled with mystery. Exmoor is more craggy and filled with secret, hidden treasures such as Tarr Steps.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature
“This place has fantastic views over Dartmoor and as well as the stone circle has a bronze age village and two bronze age bridges nearby. Go to Chagford for tea or lunch after and have a look around. The bird cage (cosy and small) has good food. So has the Old Forge Caffé (tea room)and restaurant and the Green Man Cafe and Cakes (casual. Good for kids).”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Country house hotel situated on Dartmoor near Princetown. Superb cream teas! Plants. Well stocked cocktail bar. Lovely views”
  • 6 locals recommend
Lodging
“Lovely place in Dartmoor, for a scenic sightseeing trip. The brilliant wedding venue and the food is lovely here, dog friendly too.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“Great little cafe just before Dartmoor proper. Especially useful if cycling. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“Provides a good introduction to Dartmoor’s history and environment. Guides, maps and quality souvenirs for sale. Often hosts local art and photography exhibitions. Helpful staff can advise on local activities.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Picturesque medieval stone bridge over the East Dart river. Information centre. Hot drinks, snacks at village shop. Lydgate House Hotel and East Dart Hotel are short walk away.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“On the outskirts of our local town Chagford, Fernworthy reservoir is a wonderful place to explore. The circular walk around the water is a tranquil option if you prefer to stay off the open moor. The surrounding woodland of tall pine trees is also a very attractive walk or perfect for riding bikes along the trails. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“This is a great walk over the moor, around Fernworthy Reservoir and on to the pub for a nice lunch and either a return journey or a short taxi ride back.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Country house hotel situated on Dartmoor near Princetown. Superb cream teas! Plants. Well stocked cocktail bar. Lovely views”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“An intimate two Michelin-starred restaurant. Providing lunch, afternoon tea or dinner ~ a contemporary, less formal approach to fine cuisine. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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