Kids on Dartmoor
I spent much of my childhood on Dartmoor, no weekend was complete without running across the short springy turf, paddling and boulder hopping in the River Dart, and greatest pleasure of all for me…watching the beautiful wild Dartmoor ponies, especially in early summer when many of them had young foals running alongside.
My grandsons are no different, they absolutely adore Dartmoor, except they’re not so enamoured with the ponies; climbing rocks, chucking stones in the river and hunting for small creatures in streams are considered to be far more fun!
Staying on Dartmoor
If you are coming to stay on Dartmoor with your children, and are not quite sure what to do with them, maybe we can help.
Most accommodation providers will be able to provide you with leaflets, advice and ideas, but always a great place to start your day will be one of the three Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centres at Princetown, Postbridge and Haytor. Princetown in particular has wonderful exhibitions with interactive displays for children and educational areas telling the story of the moor, but they all have knowledgeable, friendly staff and a wealth of maps, guides and leaflets.
If you are camping with your children for the first time, we have a lovely article in Issue 11 of our Active Dartmoor magazine, giving all sorts of useful hints and tips on how to make it a superb experience, introducing your youngsters to the natural world.
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For a huge choice of child friendly accommodation, please have a look HERE
Getting out and about
Fine weather days are easy! There are many, many areas of the moor where you can park up in a free, gravelled carpark and follow very easy paths, never straying far from the road yet still being able to enjoy vast open spaces, easy to clamber on granite tors and explorable shallow streams.
Family Friendly Attractions
Wet days? No problem at all! We have a huge selection of wonderful attractions on and around Dartmoor that your whole family will thoroughly enjoy. Here are a few suggestions;
There are many more suggestions on our Attractions pages, have fun looking through them with the children, deciding where to go HERE
Where to eat
For family friendly, fabulous cafes, pubs and restaurants, HERE
Whatever your family enjoys doing, you will be able to find it on or around Dartmoor. If you need any further information, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Alan Dodd for some of the images