Things to do on Dartmoor and the surrounding area

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Things to do on Dartmoor and the surrounding area

Sightseeing

We are located right on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Explore its wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, learn about Dartmoors rich history and meet its wildlife. The Dartmoor wild ponies are a visitor favourite.
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Dartmoor
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We are located right on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Explore its wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, learn about Dartmoors rich history and meet its wildlife. The Dartmoor wild ponies are a visitor favourite.
Visit Dartmoor Prison to learn about local history, get a fascinating insight into prison life, and hear about famous prisoners who were held there.
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Dartmoor Prison Museum
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Visit Dartmoor Prison to learn about local history, get a fascinating insight into prison life, and hear about famous prisoners who were held there.
One of the most famous tors on Dartmoor and just 5 minutes drive from Baskerville Retreat. Climb up and see the incredible views
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Haytor Rocks
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One of the most famous tors on Dartmoor and just 5 minutes drive from Baskerville Retreat. Climb up and see the incredible views
Named because the summit has been weathered into the shape of a dogs head, explore this epic Tor and enjoy incredible views.
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Hound Tor Rocks
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Named because the summit has been weathered into the shape of a dogs head, explore this epic Tor and enjoy incredible views.
An ancient and beautiful woodland with stunning walks. O.ne of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor. This amazing woodland is important for the mosses and lichens that festoon the trees and the impressive granite boulders found on the site. Hints and Tips: Visitors should ensure they have adequate footwear and clothing. Wistman’s Wood is an upland site subject to rapid weather changes.
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Wistman's Wood
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An ancient and beautiful woodland with stunning walks. O.ne of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor. This amazing woodland is important for the mosses and lichens that festoon the trees and the impressive granite boulders found on the site. Hints and Tips: Visitors should ensure they have adequate footwear and clothing. Wistman’s Wood is an upland site subject to rapid weather changes.

Food scene

Baskerville Retreat is located in the grounds of the beautiful Edgemoor Hotel - a historic building that used to be a school. Guests at Baskerville Retreat are welcome to book to dine in the restaurant for breakfast or dinner for fine dining with local produce.
The Edgemoor Hotel Dartmoor
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Baskerville Retreat is located in the grounds of the beautiful Edgemoor Hotel - a historic building that used to be a school. Guests at Baskerville Retreat are welcome to book to dine in the restaurant for breakfast or dinner for fine dining with local produce.
Enjoy an extra special afternoon tea at Bovey Castle - lush surroundings and wonderful scones
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Bovey Castle
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Enjoy an extra special afternoon tea at Bovey Castle - lush surroundings and wonderful scones
Crafting the finest English single malt Whisky on the edge of Dartmoor national park. Visit this independent, small-scale distillery focusing on quality for a tour, learn how the whisky is made, and buy a bottle as a delicious souvenir.
Dartmoor Whisky Distillery
Crafting the finest English single malt Whisky on the edge of Dartmoor national park. Visit this independent, small-scale distillery focusing on quality for a tour, learn how the whisky is made, and buy a bottle as a delicious souvenir.
Visit the farm where they grow around 200 types of chilli and there is a free-to-visit display. There's also a farm shop and café open daily, all year round. The shop sells the sauces, preserves and chocolates that they produce from the chillies they grow on the farm; all are available for sampling as well.
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South Devon Chilli Farm
Wigford Cross
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Visit the farm where they grow around 200 types of chilli and there is a free-to-visit display. There's also a farm shop and café open daily, all year round. The shop sells the sauces, preserves and chocolates that they produce from the chillies they grow on the farm; all are available for sampling as well.
Enjoy a cheese and wine tour and sample classic English wine that goes wonderfully with their famous cheese.
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Sharpham Wine and Cheese
Waddeton Road
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Enjoy a cheese and wine tour and sample classic English wine that goes wonderfully with their famous cheese.
A stunning in with delicious home cooked menu of locally sourced produce. This includes suppliers such as Dartmoor Farmers Association, Gribbles Meat & Game and Hawkridge Dairy. The menu offers a broad range for all tastes.
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The Rugglestone Inn
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A stunning in with delicious home cooked menu of locally sourced produce. This includes suppliers such as Dartmoor Farmers Association, Gribbles Meat & Game and Hawkridge Dairy. The menu offers a broad range for all tastes.

Great for kids

Perfect for wild swimming and a great place to visit with kids and dogs. It is a forest clearing beside a sparkling river. Lots of space for picnics and fun! Also stunning in Autumn when the leaves change colour
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Spitchwick
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Perfect for wild swimming and a great place to visit with kids and dogs. It is a forest clearing beside a sparkling river. Lots of space for picnics and fun! Also stunning in Autumn when the leaves change colour
A large, family friendly zoo with over 2,500 animals across 80 acres. Both indoor and outdoor enclosures so good for visits all year round. https://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/
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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Totnes Road
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A large, family friendly zoo with over 2,500 animals across 80 acres. Both indoor and outdoor enclosures so good for visits all year round. https://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/
One of Devon's best loved tourist attractions, with loads of activities for families to enjoy together. Includes an adventure playground, bike trailers, a wooden play fort and even a pirate ship!
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River Dart Country Park
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One of Devon's best loved tourist attractions, with loads of activities for families to enjoy together. Includes an adventure playground, bike trailers, a wooden play fort and even a pirate ship!
Home of the famous, tiny, and adorable Pennywell pigs! A brilliant day out for the whole family with lots of animals to see and activities to do!
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Pennywell Farm
Lower Dean
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Home of the famous, tiny, and adorable Pennywell pigs! A brilliant day out for the whole family with lots of animals to see and activities to do!
With four museums (games, glass, pottery and marbles) there really is something for everyone no matter where your interests. Also enjoy some food from the cafe and check out the shop for quality toys, games, and gifts.
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House of Marbles station
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With four museums (games, glass, pottery and marbles) there really is something for everyone no matter where your interests. Also enjoy some food from the cafe and check out the shop for quality toys, games, and gifts.
The original zoo from the story of "We bought a zoo". A lovely zoo with a large selection of animals to see. Dartmoor zoo does important conservation work as well.
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Dartmoor Zoo
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The original zoo from the story of "We bought a zoo". A lovely zoo with a large selection of animals to see. Dartmoor zoo does important conservation work as well.
A great ‘hands-on’ family day out filled with lots of cuteness and pony magic for children and adults alike. Indoor and outdoor play areas as well as ponies, micro pigs and even unicorns!
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The Miniature Pony Centre
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A great ‘hands-on’ family day out filled with lots of cuteness and pony magic for children and adults alike. Indoor and outdoor play areas as well as ponies, micro pigs and even unicorns!

Great for dogs

Named because the summit has been weathered into the shape of a dogs head, explore this epic Tor and enjoy incredible views.
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Hound Tor Rocks
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Named because the summit has been weathered into the shape of a dogs head, explore this epic Tor and enjoy incredible views.
Perfect for wild swimming and a great place to visit with kids and dogs. It is a forest clearing beside a sparkling river. Lots of space for picnics and fun! Also stunning in Autumn when the leaves change colour
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Spitchwick
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Perfect for wild swimming and a great place to visit with kids and dogs. It is a forest clearing beside a sparkling river. Lots of space for picnics and fun! Also stunning in Autumn when the leaves change colour
Here are some of the best dog walks on Dartmoor. Enjoy stunning views of this incredible landscape https://visitdartmoor.co.uk/get-active/the-best-dartmoor-walks
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Dartmoor
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Here are some of the best dog walks on Dartmoor. Enjoy stunning views of this incredible landscape https://visitdartmoor.co.uk/get-active/the-best-dartmoor-walks
A dog friendly country park with lots of space for long riverside walks and country air. Your furry friend will be able to enjoy the great outdoors just as much as the rest of the family!
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River Dart Country Park
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A dog friendly country park with lots of space for long riverside walks and country air. Your furry friend will be able to enjoy the great outdoors just as much as the rest of the family!
This ancient and beautiful woodland is an incredible place to explore with your dog. Hints and Tips: Visitors should ensure they have adequate footwear and clothing. Wistman’s Wood is an upland site subject to rapid weather changes.
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Wistman's Wood
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This ancient and beautiful woodland is an incredible place to explore with your dog. Hints and Tips: Visitors should ensure they have adequate footwear and clothing. Wistman’s Wood is an upland site subject to rapid weather changes.

Towns and Cities to visit nearby

Baskerville Retreat is in an ideal location with loads of wonderful places to visit nearby.
Widecombe in the Moor is a pretty village on central Dartmoor, most famous for its annual Widecombe Fair, which inspired a classic folk song.
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Widecombe in the Moor
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Widecombe in the Moor is a pretty village on central Dartmoor, most famous for its annual Widecombe Fair, which inspired a classic folk song.
A beautiful and welcoming market town, a relaxing place to explore and enjoy local produce in the cafes
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Bovey Tracey
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A beautiful and welcoming market town, a relaxing place to explore and enjoy local produce in the cafes
Explore Torquay with it's iconic palm trees, busy harbour, international marina and wonderful array of continental style cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars.
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Torquay
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Explore Torquay with it's iconic palm trees, busy harbour, international marina and wonderful array of continental style cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars.
Ashburton is a vibrant, rural Devon town and the gateway to stunning Dartmoor.
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Ashburton
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Ashburton is a vibrant, rural Devon town and the gateway to stunning Dartmoor.