Tuesday, 29 March 2022 09:55

Discover Dartmoor this National Parks Fortnight

Wild open moorland, spectacular tors, dramatic wooded valleys, babbling rivers and lush green pastures are all waiting to be discovered on Dartmoor this Discover National Parks fortnight (2 – 18 April 2022). 

Dartmoor is one of 15 National Parks around the UK joining in the annual celebration with events and experiences to inspire all ages and interests to get outside and explore these special places.

This year people are encouraged to discover Dartmoor in new or different ways – so why not take the opportunity to find your own special place in the National Park? 

Designated as a National Park in 1951, Dartmoor is internationally renowned for its 368 sq m of wild open moorland, enchanting river valleys, rich history and rare wildlife. 

Rebecca Martin, Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Visitor Services Manager, said: “We’ve got a great programme of activities lined up so people can enjoy the special qualities of Dartmoor. Whether you’re a regular moorland walker or a first-time explorer, we’ve put together something for people no matter what their age or ability. Our award-winning visitor centres are stocked with maps, guides and leaflets so if you’re unsure about where to go, make a beeline for them first and our staff will be happy to help. We’re lucky to work with a range of enthusiastic organisations who are only too happy to get involved with putting on events and sharing their passion and expertise for Dartmoor. If you’re looking to do something new or different then now is a wonderful time to try.”

Need inspiration? Here's six things to discover this National Parks Fortnight 

See inside a Dartmoor longhouse. Have a guided tour of Higher Uppacott, a beautifully preserved example of a home shared between humans and animals.

Tour a Dartmoor farm. Join Dartmoor’s Daughter to explore a typical moorland farm and how they balance agriculture with archaeology, wildlife and nature.  

Scale an iconic rock. Fancy climbing a Dartmoor rock and seeing the landscape from a different point of view? Experience a climb at Dewerstone with Crag 2 Mountain.

Have a go at volunteering. Grab a set of litter pickers and help our Rangers keep Dartmoor looking good. 

Walk a wildlife trail. Delve into the wilder side of Haytor Down with a self-guided 2.5-mile challenge trail.

Spot Bronze Age stone circles. Grab a map from one of our visitor centres and take yourself around ancient burial sites and settlements where people lived thousands of years ago.