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  • Writer's pictureIain Duncan

Discover The Magical Dartmoor National Park From Your Tavistock Base

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

We’re not exaggerating when we describe our near neighbour, the iconic Dartmoor National Park, as magical. That’s exactly what it is.

We never forget, even during this past unusual year, how lucky we are to live a short stroll away from such an outstanding area of natural beauty as Dartmoor National Park.

We love its mysticism. It’s home to multiple monoliths dating back to bygone Pagan times. There are many fascinating tales about ghosts, ghouls, fairy beings, witchcraft and all sort of supernatural goings-on in Dartmoor National Park. Apparently, some still do.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by the story of a pack of monstrous black beasts that hurtled across Dartmoor. Their blood-curdling cries struck terror into every poor wretch who was unfortunate enough to hear them. He went on to write the Hound of The Baskervilles, having had his imagination sparked during a stay in the area.

Many of our guests visit Dartmoor National Park when they’re staying with us. When we’re chatting to them they tell us all have different things they’re looking forward to seeing and doing there, like:

  • Horse riding or just admiring the gorgeous Dartmoor ponies that are part of the history and the scenery.

  • Taking to the water for kayaking, relaxing by the water fishing, or occasionally even wild swimming!

  • Walking or letterboxing, which is like Dartmoor’s own unique version of a treasure hunt. Sheets of clues and ink stamps are available at local gift shops, though some guests come equipped and ready with their own. The aim is to find the hidden letterboxes that contain visitor books. Successful participants leave their stamps in each visitor book they find, marking in history for posterity that they were at Dartmoor National Park.

You can walk from the comfort and elegance of One Drake Road to the wild beauty of Dartmoor National Park. It’s only just over a mile from our door to a different world that’s as tranquil and relaxing or as adventurous and action-packed as you want it to be.

Source –

Myths & Legends, Visit Dartmoor

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