Dartmoor

Of all the country hotels in Dartmoor, Percy's is lucky enough to be surrounded by both Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor. While both lend themselves to excellent walks, it is the unusual, almost mystical landscape of the latter that really fascinates.

As one of the last true wildernesses to be found in England it uniquely combines fertile woodland valleys with wind swept granite tors that form many fantastic shapes. Covering some 368 square miles it has a wealth of archeological remains, diverse wildlife and stuning panoramic, omnipresent views. Once within the National Park, regardless of which direction you head in, you will not be disappointed. Lustleigh and Buckland in the Moor for example are outstanding examples of delightful, well preserved, traditional Dartmoor towns, as is the famous Widecombe in the Moor. The spectacular reservoir and giant dam at Burrator provides the perfect backdrop for invigorating walks around the water's edge, through the woodlands or up onto the surrounding moors. At a dramatic height of 1,130 feet and visible from most of West Devon, Brentor is another awe inspiring prominent local landmark. Perched at the summit of this volcanic outcrop is the 12th century Church of St. Michael from which you can savor the majestic and unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside. Of the many other places to visit in and around the moor, some of the most memorable include the ancient stannary town of Tavistock, Buckfast Abbey, Dartmeet, Lydford Gorge, Postbridge, Becky Falls, Haytor and Hound Tor.

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DARTMOOR WALKING HOLIDAYS

Whether you're looking for a challenging hike over craggy windswept moors, or would prefer just to meander slowly through woodland, Dartmoor is the place for you to visit. Why not try a guided walk with one of the Dartmoor National Park Guides, download an audio walk to your mp3 player, or perhaps click here to download one of John Harris' detailed walks.

If you know your way around an OS map, download one of the many map routes below, prepare your rucksack and head off.

If you know your way around an OS map, download one of the many map routes below, prepare your rucksack and head off.

Click here for more Dartmoor walk route maps or Prehistoric walks or get directions to some of the ancient woodland sites such as Wistman’s Wood, Holne Woods or Hembury Woods.

DARTMOOR WALKING HOLIDAYS

Bikes can be hired from Devon cycle hire and from there you could arrange for a guided ride to explore the Granite Way.

Dartmoor Walking Holidays

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