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Higher Longford - ideal for Dartmoor Holiday Activities

Higher Longford nestles on the gentle foothill immediately below Dartmoor. There are numerous activities for those with sport in mind, all within a short distance of the Park.

Dartmoor has something to offer everybody activities include cycling, letterboxing, rock climbing, golf, swimming, canoeing, fishing, even hang gliding. The most popular activity is walking and exploring the wonderful Dartmoor landscape. For one of the most comprehensive resources on the web for books on walking on Dartmoor and throughout Britain, click here.

There are a huge range of activities to choose from here is just a small sample.

Visit the Markets of Tavistock

Tavistock Dratmoor

Tavistock, the ancient stannary town is nearby for shopping. It has regular markets and small shopping arcades which are well worth a visit.

Tavistock features a Pannier Market granted in the year 1105 to the then local Abbey. The 1105 Royal Charter is still in operation and the Town Council are the current custodians.

A market is held every day of the week except Sundays and Mondays.

Visit Historic Princetown

princetown visitor centre

Princetown, the home of the historic Dartmoor Jail, still in use, is about five miles away and makes a spectacular site. The town has a interesting visitor centre plus good local pubs and cafes.

The Dartmoor Prison Visitor centre offers a fascinating insight into the colourful history of the prison and its inmates.

Two Bridges the centre for Rambling on Dartmoor

Two bridges

Postbridge is situated at the very centre of the Dartmoor National Park, it has become a natural starting and ending point for thousands of ramblers exploring Dartmoor. You can enjoy a drink and hot food in the local hotel.

Okehampton the walking centre for North Dartmoor

Okehampton railway line

Okehampton offers a range of activities as well as easy access to the moor. It is walking centre for the northern region of the National Park.

The recently opened Okehampton railway line offers a limited service running on weekends only. A second line, the 'Dartmoor Pony' runs from Okehampton across the dramatic Meldon Viaduct to nearby village of Meldon.

The Museum of Dartmoor Life is housed in a former mill, with a restored water wheel, has a large collection of local photographs and documents.

Buckfastleigh Southern Edge of Dartmoor

The quiet town of Buckfastleigh is best known for the nearby Buckfast Abbey and the South Devon Valley Railway. The steam railway follows the old Ashburton line, along the river Dart through Staverton to Totnes, some 7 miles (11km) away.

dartmoor ponies
Wildlife Dartmoor offers access to a range of wild life including the famous Dartmoor Ponys. The Dartmoor National Park rangers work hard to maintain the environment so that visitors can enjoy the moors and the wildlife.

Dartmoor Walks This Way: A personalized walking service for those wanting to explore Dartmoor away from the obvious places: www.dartmoorwalksthisway.co.uk Service available in German too: www.dartmoorwalksthisway.co.uk/german

dartmoor view
Sight seeing Dartmoor offers beautiful and often dramatic landscapes all year round. You can walk, drive or cycle across the moors. Facilities are open all year round so you can enjoy a coffee or a pint along the way.
pony trekking on dartmoor
Riding If you are a horse riding enthusiast who wants to avoid the restrictions of busy roads and bridleways, and someone who wants to experience the beauty, freedom and expanse of the moorland landscape horse riding on Dartmoor is for you.

dartmoor cycle rides
Cycling: Dartmoor offers a great cycling experience with off road tracks and converted railway cycle routes car free and relaxing. Cycle hire in Devon has now become even easier with Devon Cycle Hire a family run bike hire centre in the beautiful Devon countryside. For more information on cycle hire Click here

dartmoor cycle rides
Cycling: Gawton Gravity Hub & Tavistock Woodland Downhill and Mountain Bike Trails. Only 5 miles away. Click here.

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