In the southwest county of Devon lies Dartmoor, uncultivated moorland which encompasses Dartmoor National Park. The park is Aside from the famous granite tors, ancient woodland, rivers, and bogs, there are famous landmarks and interesting activities that make Dartmoor a worthwhile place to visit. If you are looking for your next UK adventure, make sure your trip is safe by taking out single trip travel insurance, and consider going to Dartmoor.
Here are 5 good reasons to choose Dartmoor:
- Castle Drogo
On a crag high above the waters of Teign Gorge is the Edwardian-era Castle Drogo, designed by renowned country estate architect Edwin Lutyens in 1911. It has historic significance because it is the very last castle that was built in England. Currently undergoing exterior renovations, the castle should be back to normal by 2017. That however should not stop visitors from going indoors and looking at the interesting art installations that talk about Castle Drogo and its history. The castle is open for guided tours. While at the castle, you should also explore the 12 acre formal garden. It also has a rose garden, built by the original owner Mr. Drewe for his wife, a croquet lawn, a rhododendron garden, and the miniature Bunty House originally built for Mr. Drew’s daughter.
- The Dartmoor Ponies
A herd of ponies grazing are one of the quintessential sights of Dartmoor, and they are a sight to behold. They are still being bred in the moor today, and are useful to Dartmoor families to help them in various tasks. There are actually four types of pony breeds in Dartmoor – the Pedigree Dartmoor ponies, which are purebred, the Dartmoor Heritage Ponies, the Dartmoor Hill Ponies, and the beautiful Shetland Ponies. Children will enjoy interacting with the ponies at the Miniature Pony Centre in Moretonhampstead.
- Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge is a deep and narrow gorge, naturally formed, with a 30 metre waterfall that features the Devil’s Cauldron, a series of whirlpools. This spectacular gorge is actually the deepest gorge in Southwest England. This is a great place for outdoorsy types. You can bring the children, too. There are fun giant woodland sculptures in the undergrowth that the children will be delighted to see.
- Pennywell Farm
Pennywell Farm is a family-friendly place with lots of animal attractions. Children of all ages (and adults, too) will have hands-on experiences in handling friendly animals. You can feed baby animals; cuddle the famous miniature piglets, groom ponies, or race ferrets. There are also fun rides and an indoor playground guaranteed to give the small ones an unforgettable holiday.
- Buckland Abbey
This estate in Yelverton, a restored medieval monastery, is filled with beautiful woodlands, orchards, and meadows. This 700 year old historical estate has a house, museum, and the Great Barn. There are also stunning gardens in the grounds like the Cider House garden and the lavender garden, with 100 varieties of lavender.
Visiting Dartmoor can be exciting and interesting as its weather. In Dartmoor, one moment it’s foggy and damp, the next minute the sun comes out and it becomes bright and crisp. But each and every season brings something extra special to its landscape. The spring brings wild flowers, while heather carpets the hills in autumn.