The Dartmoor National Park is a vast wilderness in Southern England. It was designated by statute in 1951. There are great rock-tors at the top many of its heather-covered hills. This is an beautiful place  for walking,  climbing, riding, picnicking, flying kites and pony-trekking amongst other things.

Dartmoor is a lovely place to stay and millions of people visit each year. Approximately  33,400 people live here, but as Dartmoor is 368 square miles (954 sq km) in area you can come to here to  get away from it all (and every one else if you want). There are many  beautiful woods, farmed hills and valleys to explore. There are also many  beautiful thatched villages and lively small towns.

North of the B3212 is the wildest and highest part of the moor. There is hardly any cultvation and is very sparsely populated. The most spectacular tors, best wooded river valleys are in the southern half of the moor. This area has a few green-field oases with a few small villages like Buckland and Widecombe.

The most wooded and most popular part of the moor is it's eastern edge. Among it's best villages are  Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Lustleigh and Bovey Tracey. There are lovely holiday cottages  to be found in each of these.

The  River Teign has an exceptionally beautiful river valley. The two River Darts rise in the moor’s middle and join at Dartmeet and are equally beautiful all the way to the sea at Dartmouth. The valleys of the rivers Avon, Erme, Walkham and Tavy are all very lovely too. The  Tavy Cleave, on the is the western moor’s most dramatic place. The plenty of good quality local pubs and of places to ride or pony trek. The National Park Headquarters are at Bovey Tracey.