Lowertown Farm Bed and Breakfast on Dartmoor

Horse Riding on Dartmoor

Dartmoor Falconry

A few suggestions of what to do on your Dartmoor holiday

  1. Visit Widecombe in the Moor. Famous for Widecombe Fair held on the second Tuesday in September. Widecombe has the largest church in the area known as ‘the cathedral on the Moor.’ The Church was famously hit by lighting in 1638 causing a pinnacle to fall through the tower killing four people. The Rugglestone Inn just outside of Widecombe is the local’s retreat; this rustic 200 year old building has small rooms and a quality menu with local produce and real ales.  

  2. Walking: There are hundreds of walks in the area including The Two Moors way and Dr Blackalls Drive. There are books in the guest lounge which will have a walk to suit you and your time restrictions. The Dartmoor National Park also organise guided walks.

  3. Horse riding: There are three riding stables in the area, Shilstone Rocks are suited to beginners and advanced riders, their rides have amazing views over Widecombe and the surrounding area. Babeny Farm is a very popular riding school which rides on both moorland and through woodland. Foxworthy stables is a local yard which is only suitable for experienced riders who are able to walk, trot, canter and jump.

  4. Kayaking/canoeing: If you are an experienced kayaker/canoeist and you have all your equipment with you, then the River Dart is one of the best white-water stretches in the UK. We have a page on this website dedicated to your Kayaking holiday.

  5. Climbing: Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced climber there are loads of crags in the area that would suit your ability.

  6. Walking with Alpacas and Llamas: Fancy going walking without your rucksack? Steve and Di Weymouth will take you on a guided tour around Dartmoor with Llamas and Alpacas carrying all the equipment you need. The animals are ideal walking companions and are very experienced and friendly (normally one animal for two people). The walks stay away from tourist ‘hotspots’ so you see the lesser known areas of Dartmoor.

  7. National Trust places: Lydford Gorge near Okehampton has beautiful woodland walks and a 30 metre waterfall, although the walking can be strenuous with uneven surfaces and vertical drops, walking boots are essential, Not suitable for children under 8yrs, or people with heart complaints or walking difficulties. Buckland Abbey was the home of Sir Francis Drake, interactive displays and plenty of hands-on activities. Cotehele house (nr Saltash) has a busy winter events programme and is famous for its ghostly goings on! Explore its gardens and Tudor textiles and armour collection, you can even take a boat trip from Cotehele quay. Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in England with family activities everyday from April to October.

  8. Falconry  Enjoy a day with Dartmoor Hawking, seriously recommended!  You could even spend the day doing Falconry on Horseback.

  9. Dart Valley Steam Railway: Take the steam railway to Totnes from Buckfastleigh and back again (Totnes has many arts and craft shops); it costs a little under £10 for an adult return ticket. They also have dining trains which are thoroughly recommended!

  10. Fly Fishing: The River Dart is only open to fishing at certain times of the year; however there are other places that are good for fishing if it’s out of season. We recommend speaking to Tom Hill who runs half day (4hrs) and full day (7hrs) courses with all equipment included. All you need to do is pop into the post office and get an Environmental Agency Rod Licence (it’s around £3.50 per day) after booking a lesson with Tom. His number is: 01626 866532 / 07883 086094.

  11. Cycling There are plenty of cycling routes in the area including Devon’s Coast to Coast. The Granite Way is popular with families cycling between Okehampton and Lydford along a former railway, the whole route is around 11 miles. Short routes, along with where to hire equipment, can be found in National Park Visitor Centres. There is also a very good mountain biking area on Holden hill, near Exeter catering from the novice to the very experienced.

  12. If you have children there a number of local attractions such as Pennywell Farm, Otters and Butterflies, Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (via the steam railway!), Woodlands Adventure Park, Haldon Forest, Crealy, Living Coasts, Paignton Zoo and Dartmoor Zoo (Movie 'We Bought a Zoo'). Further afield the Eden Project, various beaches and Cheddar Gorge are just over a hours drive away.