Walking on Dartmoor
Walking is good for your body, mind and soul, and where better to do it than amongst some of the most stunning, magical landscapes in the world.
Whether you’re looking for a challenging trek across windswept moors, or just a relaxing stroll through secluded woods, you’ve come to the right place.
Dartmoor has it all. Blaze your own trail, be a pioneer, explore and take the less trodden route. If you are a keen, confident walker, try one of our hard or moderate routes, gather your kit and head out the door.
If perhaps you are a little less confident of your surroundings, why not try a guided walk with one of the many superb walking groups or take advantage of the experience and knowledge of a walking guide.
Download an audio walk to your mp3 player, or sample some of the easy circular routes. There are some excellent planned routes for families - including ones designed to put the children in charge - lasting from an hour to a full day.
Note that all maps on this site are only indicative. You should never set out on a Dartmoor Walk without the correct OS map. For safety’s sake, please make sure you are wearing sturdy footwear, suitable clothing and let someone know where you are going, and what time you expect to be back.
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The River Dart Country Park is packed with adventures and fun for all the family. With over 25 activities included in the price, let your children's imagination run wild - there's excitement for the whole family around every corner!
Large red words on the OS Map spell out a warning to hikers and tourists alike: Danger Area restricted access. I had this notion that the northern landscape of Dartmoor was a fenced off landscape, uninviting to hikers. Littered with UXBs and danger!
My OS Map showed a car park at Two Bridges, located at the edge of a small disused quarry. The weather was typical Dartmoor, cloud and the 50/50 chance of rain, sunshine, drizzle, blue sky, cloud. You’ll get used to it. Bring your coat.
Distance: 8 miles
Start/End point: Shaugh Prior, near Plymouth
Follow the River Plym from verdant valley to open moorland, and uncover this area's industrial past. Memories of the china clay industry are all around you.
Yelverton / Tavistock
Distance: 7 miles
Start/End point: Yelverton/Tavistock
The West Devon Way walking route links Plymouth and Okehampton, much of the route following the western edge of Dartmoor. This walk follows a length of the West Devon W
Distance: 5 miles
Start/End point: Meldon Viaduct
Meldon Viaduct, to the west of Okehampton, is a superb example of Victorian engineering. This walk starts at the Viaduct and includes several elements of Victorian interest
This is easy walk of 3 miles over moorland takes in two tors, an ancient cross and involves a little stream jumping.
A varied, non-taxing walk that visits a 16th-century leat, a Victorian reservoir and the burial place of the three Great White Rajahs of Sarawak! Coupled with that are constantly changing views, from lofty tors around Burrator.
The Postbridge audio walk is a 6 mile (10km) circular walk starting from the Information Centre and includes far reaching views from Hartland Tor, historial remains from Dartmoor’s industrial past and a stunning waterfall.
Fernworthy Reservoir, Fernworthy
Gazing across at Fernworthy Reservoir with the sun low in the sky and the gaggle of Canada Geese coasting nearby, there is no better place on Dartmoor than Potter's walk for a gentle stroll of almost a mile, or for exploring with young children.
CAReFREE DARTMOOR: Explore the lovely Dartmoor National Park on foot or on a top-quality electric bike -- or both. We offer guided tours, designed to suit you, that start from a variety of locations on Dartmoor and last a full or half day.
“I have never before in my long and eclectic career been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” - Steven Speilberg
Dartmoor has a unique landscape of high moorland, granite outcrops, deep wooded valley's and boulder strewn rivers. Put together these features provide a wide range of wildlife habitats and a history that is both ancient and modern.
For enthusiastic long-distance walkers, the Dart Valley Trail is a waymarked route linking Totnes and Dartmouth. The walk described here gives the possibility of adding this middle part of the Dart Valley to the Dart Valley Trail.
This easy three-mile route takes in two lovely reservoirs on the eastern side of the moor in a figure-of-eight walk. There are plenty of paths to extend your walk if you wish to go further.
The Bellever audio walk is a 6 mile (10km) circular walk starting from Postbridge Information Centre and gives a mixture of woodland, moorland and riverside walking, intersperced with several archaeological sites.
Plymouth has been an important naval port for many centuries, which has led to the building of a variety of defences to protect the port.
This walk passes a number of these defences as it circles around the eastern side of Plymouth Sound; it also
This walk includes the industrial remains of the Tavistock Railway and its viaducts, a tramway that used granite sleepers, and a quarry complete with engine house.
Walking holidays. We specialise in group walks of up to 16 people. Weekends From £189 per person & 6 days from £355.
An Adventure Activity centre on northern Dartmoor offering visitors over 15 different adventures.Try out exciting new sports from kayaking, rock climbing to mountain boarding or weaselling (age range from 5). Accommodation at Youth Hostel or Campsite