by Alice Parry
Dartmoor National Park covers around 368 square miles of Devon. Open to the elements and made up of mostly moorland, Dartmoor is an ever-popular place to explore.
The four Dartmoor walks we’ve picked involve climbing tors. Tors are high piles of granite rocks atop hilly peaks, and they offer spectacular views of the landscape.
We’ve put together some of the best walks in Dartmoor for you to enjoy…
Starting point: Chagford car park near Chagford Church, pay and display (SX 702874)
Distance: 10.1 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (Easy if shortened)
Our first Dartmoor walk is one close to home! Beginning in the stannary town of Chagford where we have our Helpful Holidays local office.
This walk takes you out of Chagford, explores the Teign River and makes stops at Castle Drogo, Fingle Bridge and Cranbrook Castle.
Most of the walk is fairly level, with a moderate climb up to Cranbrook Castle.
Along the route, you can take in gorgeous views of the Teign Valley, and visit the lovely pub Fingle Bridge Inn.
Use the interactive map above for the full route and directions.
Chagford is one of Dartmoor’s hidden gems.
It’s an ideal base for your walking in Dartmoor, as well as being home to some great eateries and lots of Devon heritage.
Visit the open-air swimming pool on a holiday here, and the Church of St Michael built in 1261.
Find a Chagford cottage here!
Starting point: Okehampton train station
Distance: 6.6 miles
Beginning in the town of Okehampton, this Dartmoor walk includes moorland and the Meldon Viaduct.
Those that want a longer walk can take detours up to Yes Tor to enjoy spectacular views from Dartmoor’s second highest point.
The surfaces are generally uneven in this Dartmoor walk. It involves a long and steep climb from Okehampton. Then a steep and steady descent back into town on the way back.
The Meldon Viaduct is a beautiful sight to see as well. You can opt to take a detour to Meldon Reservoir, or stop in at Okehampton Castle.
If you’re stopping in town, check out the the Victorian shopping arcade and the Museum of Dartmoor Life.
Find Okehampton cottages here
Starting point: Car park on B3212 (50.519788, -4.032267)
Distance: 5.3 miles
Soak up the breath-taking views of Burrator Reservoir and tackle three tors!
Beginning at a car park on the B3212 near Yelverton, this 5.3 mile Dartmoor walk takes you up Sharpitor, Leather Tor and Black Tor.
You will see the amazing engineering feat of Devonport Leat and Dartmoor’s first reservoir, Burrator Reservoir.
Built in 1898, Burrator expanded in 1929 and washed over the leat which had been providing Plymouth with water since 1790.
Enjoy seeing these Dartmoor relics and landmarks, and taking in the staggering views.
Yelverton is around 4 miles away from the reservoir. Yelverton is a southern gateway into the Dartmoor National Park and sits next door to the beautiful Tamar Valley.
Browse nearby Yelverton cottages
Starting point: Saddle Tor car park on B3387
Distance: 6.5 miles
This circular walk takes in the best of eastern Dartmoor.
Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor circular walk includes Haytor Rocks, Holwell Tor, Smallacombe Rocks, Hound Tor, and Saddle Tor.
Throughout 6.5 miles, walk across open moorland, woodland, and alongside babbling brooks.
And explore Medieval remains, a disused quarry and tramway.
The walk begins at the base of Saddle Tor, not far from the town of Widecombe in the Moor.
Discover cottages in Widecombe in the Moor
Discover the myths and legends of Dartmoor before you go and keep your eyes peeled for the piskies! Dartmoor is a great spot for outdoor activities too.
Experience these Dartmoor National Park walks on a self-catered stay in Devon with Helpful Holidays!
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