Discover the wonders of Dartmoor which is just 30 minutes from our South Devon holiday park.
The rugged landscape of Dartmoor National Park has been a draw to visitors for many years. Covering an area of 368 square miles there is a seemingly endless number of moorland views to enjoy. There are also a number of fantastic attractions which are well worth a visit. Take a look at some of the highlights you can discover.
Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre – Haytor
The perfect place to start your adventure on Dartmoor is at the Haytor Visitor Centre. Chat to the friendly staff here to get all the information you’ll ever need about a day out in the Park. From maps and guide books to souvenirs and clothing – this centre is an Aladdin’s cave of treasures. From here you can take a stroll up to the iconic Haytor Rocks and get easy access to some other moorland walks.
Once you’ve spotted some of the wildlife on the moorland pay a visit to Pennywell Farm where you get up close with a number of farm animals. It’s a great day out for all the family. Climb all over the tractors, help with feeding time of the sheep and goats and cuddle up with their famous miniature pigs.
To the north of the National Park boundary is the impressive Castle Drogo. Constructed between 1911 and 1930, it was the last castle to be built in England. The castle holds commanding views across the Teign Gorge. No matter what time of year you visit, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful gardens and castle grounds. Bring your walking boots and discover miles of pathways in the Teign Gorge. These run along the bubbling river to Wooston hillfort, high above the gorge.
South Devon Railway
Take a step back in time with a ride on a steam train through some beautiful countryside. Located just 13 miles from us in Paignton, the South Devon Railway is a seven mile, former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872. It runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. The steam trains operate with heritage rolling stock. As such they offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.
Nestled in a valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Buckfast Abbey is home to a working community of Benedictine monks. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Devon. Wander around the well kept, extensive grounds. If you visit during the summer be sure to head to The Lavender Garden, which boasts 50 varieties of this soothing and colourful plant. Entry is free and there is ample free parking.
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