Open wild moorland, rugged tors and a rich history, Dartmoor is like nowhere else
368 square miles of beautiful moorland, wooded valleys and wind-swept granite tors. It is home to a rich array of wildlife from the ash black slug and Fritillary butterfly to the iconic Dartmoor pony. Explore its many archaeological remains, including standing stones and hut circles, and imagine what life must have been like for people living here. Climb its tors, walk alongside the rivers and streams that meander across the open moor and through its valleys, or simply sit and enjoy its spectacular views.
Pop into the Ashburton Information Centre on your way for maps, guides and information about places to see and things to do on Dartmoor
Ashburton is the ideal gateway to Southern Dartmoor and is the only town lying entirely within the Dartmoor National Park boundaries. From here it is just a stone’s throw to reach one of Dartmoor’s wooded river valleys or, if you are feeling more adventurous, the wild open moor to picnic under an imposing granite tor.
The Dartmoor National Park Authority works to look after Dartmoor and to help people to enjoy it responsibly. Chat to a National Park Ranger, or visit a National Park Centre at Haytor, Postbridge or Princetown for more information.