Dartmoor, Devon

Dartmoor National Park is such a diverse landscape; small market towns and tiny villages are dotted among this vast expanse of wild open moorland, rocky tors and deep river valleys. Pootle around by car; explore on foot, or horseback, or go mountain biking across the heather clad terrain. You’ll find stone circles and Neolithic burial cairns, dense woodlands and impressive gorges rich with wildlife; fast flowing rivers to canoe, granite rocks to climb and plenty of interesting places to visit – Buckfast Abbey, Castle Drogo, Dartmoor Zoological Park, Becky Falls, or Buckfast Butterflies & Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary. If you like pubs the Oxenham Arms at South Zeal and the Old Inn at Widecombe-in-the-Moor are both very good; for a relaxed restaurant try the Arundell Arms at Lifton, and if cafes and tea rooms are more your style you won’t want to miss Riverford Field Kitchen at Buckfastleigh.