Self Catering Holiday Accommodation to Rent near Dartmoor and Exmoor

Dartmoor and Exmoor

Dartmoor

The Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles - the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. Dartmoor is southern England's last great wilderness, though you might not think so if you only visit the picturesque villages of Widecombe or Buckland, set amongst gentle rolling hills. But the bracken and heather covered uplands, interrupted by stark and distinctive granite outcrops, is quite another world, with mysterious standing stones dating back at least 6,000 years. Medieval tin, lead and copper miners have also left their mark. The Tamar Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and if you take to the water, either along the Tamar itself, or on a trip around Plymouth Sound you will get so much more out of it.

Exmoor

The north coast of Devon encompasses many changes in character from east to west. At its most easterly point, it is backed by Exmoor with deep combes cutting their way down to the sea between steeply folded wooded slopes. West of the National Park are the traditional holiday resorts of Ilfracombe and Woolacombe and a series of long sandy beaches. Beyond Barnstaple and Bideford it changes again, with rocky foreshores which have to be approached steeply from above and delightful villages, such as Bucks Mills and Clovelly, perched above their harbours. The rocks continue around Hartland Point down to the lovely Welcombe beach.


Sites to Visit

Dartmoor RailwayThe Dartmoor Railway operates on the route of the old Southern Railway line from Crediton to Okehampton and Meldon Quarry. www.dartmoorrailway.co.uk