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Visiting Dartmoor National Park – what, where and how

Dartmoor National Park is the largest area of open countryside in the South of England and home to beautiful scenery, stunning landscapes, a variety of wildlife and picturesque villages. Because of this, it’s a very popular destination for visitors to the area and a bus service is now running for the summer months, making it possible to visit without a car. One of our current participants, Madita, visited Dartmoor with friends last weekend and has kindly shared her experience…

To go on a trip to the Dartmoor National Park is a great opportunity to see the beautiful landscape of Devon and to spend time in the nature - alone or with friends. There is a hop on/hop off-bus (Adult £5) starting every Saturday at the train station in Newton Abbot which takes you to different locations in the National Park. The bus will go a circular route through the National Park and it will also bring you back to Newton Abbot. It is useful to inform oneself in the internet about the different locations and the bus times before the trip is starting.

Three of my friends and I started our trip at 11:00 and the bus took us to our first stop, Haytor Vale. With wide fields, a giant rock on a hill to climb up and several droves of cows and horses Haytor Vale is a great location to go hiking and enjoy the good view over the National Park. You can spend about two hours there until the next bus is picking you up again.


Our next stop was a place in the forest, called Becky Falls. One can enjoy the waterfalls by hiking several routes through the forest. To visit the area where the Becky Falls are it is necessary to pay an admission charge. There is also a cafeteria, a reptile house and a petting zoo. We took a 40-min route and it was wonderful to explore the forest and to see the waterfalls. After visiting this location we went back to Newton Abbot by bus.

The bus is also stops at Bovey Tracey, Widecombe and Manaton, which are small villages in the National Park. Nevertheless, there are usually toilets and small food stalls at every location. From every location it is possible to go on food paths and explore the area.

We are really happy that we started this trip and we think it is totally worth it. We got a lot of wonderful impressions of the nature in Devon and had fun exploring the different locations.

To download a guide on getting to Dartmoor and what to see, click here