English garden in Dartmoor
Rock climbing in Dartmoor
Discover the region
Dartmoor National Park
In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dartmoor is depicted as a dark and eery place where mystery walks abroad. Still, actually, it is not that unearthly as it may seem. Quite the contrary, Dartmoor is a calming and relaxing National Park where outdoor-enthusiasts of every kind are at home. Through the wooded valleys and honey-colored heaths, along streams and rivers guide over 1000 km (730 mi) of walking paths to at least one archaeological remains. In Dartmoor, the most significant amount of preserved stone circles, stone crosses and menhirs of Europe can be explored here.
The granite hills, the so-called tors, characterize the region and attract many visitors each year. Haytor Rocks is one of the most remarkable tors of Dartmoor - it makes a good spot for climbing.
The Two Moors Way connects the south coast, Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north coast and gives a stunning overview over 188 km (117 mi) of trails.
The Granit Way is a great cycling path and guides you 18 km (11 mi) along former railway lines over off-road tracks.
From Coast to Coast
Devon has the advantage of two extraordinary coastlines. The coast in the North is a surfer’s paradise where even in the winter months, enthusiasts wait for the perfect wave. Woolacombe and Saunton Sands are essential centers for water sports - surfing, sailing and kayaking. However, these places are also excellent starting points for excursions on the land. In less than 4 hours, you can walk to the beautiful Ilfracombe or follow the trails to Devon’s north-western tip, Hartland Point.
The south coast of Devon has a flair of its own - the climate is similar to the Mediterranean. The ocean brings mild temperatures from overseas and covers the coastline in exotic flora. South Devon is the perfect gateway destination for both relaxing and active breaks. The warm and blue sea along the coast accompanies you on every walk, for example, on the hike from Sidmouth to Beer.