DARTMOOR ACTIVITIES

Dartmoor National Park is situated in the county of Devon, stretching from Okehampton in the North and Ivybridge in the South. Renowned for its iconic Dartmoor Ponies, stunning views, dominate granite tors, deep wooded valleys, wide open moor with swathes of heather land and fast flowing rivers, a landscape which offers opportunities to experience a range of activities from horse riding, tree surfing, walking, cycling, rock climbing and simply soaking up the wild unspoilt atmosphere.

 

WALKING

Moorland Guides
www.moorlandguides.co.uk

If you cannot find a particular walk you want then you can always hire a guide for the day to provide a bespoke walk for your needs. Whether you are an individual or a group needing a guide, we have many guides with a wide knowledge of all aspects of Dartmoor and we can certainly provide an expert for your particular walk. If you are a school then please refer to the schools section for UK and also international schools. This guide hire area is for private individuals and groups and not educational trips.

Approx cost £70 – £120 for half to full day

Moorland Guides can provide local, well-informed and friendly guides to come with your party to conduct guided coach tours on Dartmoor and beyond!

Whether you are a energetic group with older clientele who simply want a tour and a cream tea or a group who want to have a tour plus a gentle stroll to see the ponies and monuments – we can tailor a day or half-day to meet your requirements.

Dartmoor Daughter – Guided walks + Moor
www.facebook.com/DartmoorsDaughter

Dartmoor’s Daughter focuses on nature connection to improve physical health and emotional wellbeing. Our guided walks and activities for adults, families and children include learning how to dowse days; painting & sketching afternoons; wild foods & foraging journeys; mindfulness meanders; navigation training days; tracking games; and nature trails. Private walks, groups, birthday events, and talks also available. Anyone who joins our walks and events report a greater sense of wellbeing as well enjoyment, fun and learning.

Templer Way – Walk
www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/templer-way-walking-route

Follow the 18 miles of Templer Way from Haytor on Dartmoor to the seaport of Teignmouth via Newton Abbot. The walk includes a wooded section through Yarner Woods near the route start and also visits the delightful Stover Country Park. With 14 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh and a substantial variety of wildlife it is a real highlight on the walk.
 Shortly after passing Newton Abbot you will join the River Teign for a beautiful waterside section that leads to the finish point at Teignmouth. 
The walk is named after the Templer family who constructed the Stover Canal and Tramway to transport granite from Haytor Quarry to the coast at Teignmouth.

 

CYCLING/ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE/TOURS

Dartmoor Electric Cycles
dartmoorelectricbicycles.co.uk

All rides encompass the history and traditions of Dartmoor, outstanding views, flora fauna, and have a number of interesting stopping points and optional short excursions that can be made on foot.
£35 (3 hours) per person. Helmets included. Participants must be over 14.

Our bikes are available for hire if you would prefer to explore Dartmoor on your own.
They can be picked up from Beltor carpark near Poundsgate or brought to your location for an extra charge (which will vary depending on the distance).  We will show you how the bikes work, give you some tips on places to go, convenient pubs for lunch etc. and agree a return time.

Touring e-bike £30 per day.
Hybrid e-bike £35 per day.
Full Suspension Mountain e-bike £40 per day.
The hire period is up to 10 hours with overnight possible by prior arrangement.
This includes helmets, hi viz jackets, panniers, locks and maps with suggested routes.

Puffing Billy
puffingbillycycles.com/cycle-hire

At Puffing Billy Cycles we only hire out good quality bikes that we ourselves would enjoy riding. Dartmoor and the South Hams is great cycling country but it can be tough and we want you to get the most enjoyable time possible. We have bikes for all ages and sizes although there are legal age restrictions on the electric bike hire .. sorry kids.

In the shop we can supply you with route maps of our recommended local rides down quiet tracks or larger loops taking in some of the local Pubs, handy for lunch. Just ask when you’re in the shop and we’ll get you sorted.

Walk and Cycle
www.dartmoorwalksthisway.co.uk

DARTMOOR WALKS & ELECTRIC BIKES: 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.

Grantie Way – Cycle Trail
cycleseven.org/the-granite-way

The Granite Way is a cycle track built on the dismantled London and Southwestern Railway line – later used by the Great Western Railway, and still later by BR Southwestern Region – between Lydford and Okehampton, Devon. It is maintained by a partnership of Sustrans and Devon County Council. It forms part of Route 27.

The Dartmoor Way – Cycle Route
www.dartmoorway.co.uk/home.php

The Dartmoor Way Cycle Route is a 95 mile-long circular route which winds its way around the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park, linking hamlets, villages and towns along its length.

Haldon Forest – Cycle Trail
www.forestcyclehire.co.uk

Forest Cycle Hire Limited is the only approved cycle hire centre based at the 3,500 acre site of Haldon Forest Park near Exeter. 
The hire centre has over a hundred adult and child mountain bikes as well as the ever popular tag-a-longs and child seats.
We use top quality helmets for hire and our bikes are replaced regularly and constantly maintained to ensure the best quality. We have purpose built trails from easy to technical, providing cycling for all.

Tavistock Cycle Route
www.devon.gov.uk/cycling-maps-tavistock.pdf

26 mile route Tavistock is a thriving market town. The Pannier Market, first held in 1105, still takes place every Friday. A Benedictine Abbey was founded on the banks of the River Tavy in 974. Ruins of this abbey may be seen close to Bedford Square, where the cycle route begins.

The route passes close to Brent Tor. If you decide to do the longer journey, then you will also pass Lydford Gorge and Waterfall (National Trust) and Lydford Castle (English Heritage).
This route is not suitable for young children as the route from Tavistock to Lydford is on a road which has fast traffic.

Bovey Tracey – Newton Abbot Cycle Route
www.devon.gov.uk/cycling-maps-newtonabbot.pdf

This is a linear route that links the two South Devon towns of Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey. It is aimed at good cyclists above the age of 11 years old, as 80% of the route is on road with traffic.

Letter Boxing
letterboxingondartmoor.co.uk

Letterboxing is a recreational hobby that individuals or families / small groups of people can participate in, it involves walking across Dartmoor using clues and grid references taken from a Letterbox Catalogue. Navigational Skills are tested as well as determination. Letterboxers put out the boxes on the moor themselves.

Geocaching
www.geocaching.com

Geocaching is a great new way of having fun in the countryside. It involves hunting out carefully hidden caches using maps and satellite navigation devices called GPS (Global Positioning System) receivers. If you find a cache (and some are very hard to spot!) there are often trade items in them that you can swap and a log book for you to record your visit. Back home you can log your visit onto the internet.

Llama treking
www.dartmoorllamawalks.co.uk

We are offering a range of guided Alpaca & Llama Walks on Dartmoor, no need to worry about carrying your picnic lunch as our experienced trekking llamas will carry this for you.

We will give you a flavour of the different aspects of the moor whether it be craggy granite tors, heather moorland, patchwork farmland, deep wooded gorges or tumbling rivers. The Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles and is the largest and wildest area of open country in southern England. Dartmoor has lots of historic relics from Bronze age Hut Circles to Tin Mining, we will give you lots of information about how it is to live and work on the Moor past and present.

Approx £30 per person for 2 hours

Water Sports
www.southwestlakes.co.uk

Explore the outdoors and create your own adventure with South West Lakes. Bring the whole family and experience a kayaking day out in Cornwall, Devon and Exmoor. You can hire a kayak, bring your own, sign up for a course or experience a ‘have a go’ session and explore our lakes by boat. Kayaking is a versatile water based activity that is inclusive for all – create games, spot wildlife and explore the great outdoors with your friends, family or group.

ROCK CLIMBING

Dartrock www.dartrock.co.uk/outdoor

Devon and Cornwall has some of the best rock climbing anywhere in the country, coupled with fantastic weather the South West is a perfect place to climb. What the South West loses in high mountains it makes up for with the Statuesque Dartmoor Tors, majestic rock outcrops and the spectacular and varied coastal sea cliffs. Rock climbing in the South West is both varied and unique with climbs available to all abilities and experience levels.

 

HORSE RIDING

Shilstone Riding Stables www.dartmoorstables.com

Riding is a great way to see Dartmoor. Based in the National Park at Widecombe in-the Moor, Shilstone Rocks offers excellent riding over Dartmoor for complete beginners to experienced riders. To give a more personal service rides are organised into groups of 4 or less (larger groups accommodated), and are tailored to individual experience. Our qualified ride leaders and instructors will give you as much or as little instruction as you require both before and during your ride.

Babeny Stables babenystables.co.uk

Open from Saturday 1st April 2017 until 31st October 2017
Babeny Farm is one of the most respected riding establishments in the area operating for over 30 years.

Riding across Dartmoor is an excellent and easy way to discover the beauty and tranquillity of one of the most natural places in England. We are lucky enough to be able to experience 360 views, cross rivers and explore forest tracks. So whatever the weather a good ride is assured.

If you have never ridden before, why not try now! With our friendly and experienced staff we are sure you will enjoy the experience that Babeny Farm Stables has to offer.

Hacks – These are for any ability from complete beginner to the experienced. We try to split rides to ability but all needs will be catered for by the escort if it is a mixed group.

Pub Ride – Whilst any ability can go on a pub ride, as it is approximately 3 hours in the saddle we would advise that some experience is preferable or a hearty confidence and constitution! The ride consists of approximately one and a half hours ride to the pub, approx an hour in the pub and one and a half hours ride home again. The rides leave the yard at 10:30am and returns at around 2.15pm . They are ideal for groups of mixed abilities as all levels of experience can ride together. They are often great fun for a Hen or Stag party.

We look forward to meeting you and escorting you on one of our rides.

 

OTHER

Ashburton Cookery School www.ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk

The Ashburton Cookery School is one of the UK’s top cookery schools offering inspirational cookery courses led by professional chefs.

With over 40 cookery courses to choose from, designed to suit beginners as well as experienced home cooks we will teach you to cook with imagination, passion and enjoyment. If you want to take your cookery skills to the next level we have a cookery course for you.

Go Ape – Tree Top Adventure
www.goape.co.uk/days-out/haldon

Nestled in 3,500 acres of woodland, just fifteen minutes from Exeter, you’ll find our most southerly Tree Top Adventure. At Haldon you can experience the thrill of two zip wires flying you from hilltop to hilltop, taking in panoramic views as you go. Whether you want to explore the forest on foot, bike, or swinging through the canopy, there’s something for the whole family.