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