Why Holiday on Dartmoor?

368 square miles of adventure and outstanding natural beauty on your doorstep!

Our self catering holiday cottage in Lustleigh, is nestled in the Wray Valley area of the Dartmoor National Park, making it the ideal base for a holiday exploring all that Dartmoor and Devon have to offer.

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Dartmoor has been immortalised in so many novels and films: War Horse; Wuthering Heights; Lorna Doone and Hound of the Baskervilles are probably the most famous.  Authors often portray Dartmoor as atmospheric windswept craggy moorland with swirling mists but Dartmoor is so much more!

I have never before been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor” – Steven Spielberg.

The Dartmoor National Park is one of Britain’s Breathing Spaces.  It’s packed with striking tors, wooded valleys, grazing land, amazing views, picturesque villages and tucked away hamlets.  Dartmoor is also home to old clapper bridges, stone circles, mines, quarries and over 10,000 ancient sites.  They might also mention that it boasts some of the best public houses in the country, many serving fantastic food and Dartmoor’s very own and very fine Jail Ale.  Within a stone’s throw of our thatched holiday cottage, we have the Cleave Public House serving great food with a lovely cottage garden for summer and a traditional snug bar with a roaring fire.

Visit Dartmoor during spring and be surrounded by an abundance of wild flowers, gamboling lambs and Dartmoor ponies.  Summer, covers Dartmoor with pink heather and yellow gorse, it’s perfect for picnics and swimming in secret rock pools and rivers.  Autumn sees heather carpet the hills in a thick, purple bristle, with fantastic sunsets.  Winter makes walking over open moorland a must for blowing away the cobwebs, with the promise of a glass of wine or pint in a cosy pub with roaring open fire and warm welcome.  Try one of the stunning Dartmoor walks starting from our holiday cottage in Lustleigh.

Whilst many come to Dartmoor to visit places of natural beauty and enjoy the stunning scenery, there is an abundance of walking routes to suit all tastes and abilities.  There are over 400 miles of public rights of way, endless paths, tracks and open moorland to explore; all you have to do is choose how you want to do it!  You can explore on foot, bike or horseback.  Or for the thrill seekers, use the many torrent rivers to explore by kayak or canoe!

It’s also the perfect place to try something new, such as river swimming, ballooning and letterboxing or its modern equivalent geocaching.  Dartmoor is the home of letterboxing which started in 1854.  It’s a fantastic gentle way to explore the moor and kids love it.

If adventure is not your thing there’s always fishing and amazing stargazing, thanks to the extremely low levels of light pollution.  Or, visiting the many charming towns and attractions on and around Dartmoor.  Of course no stay would be complete without exploring some of Devon’s coastal towns and beaches.

There’s so much to see and do whilst staying at our beautiful thatched holiday cottage on Dartmoor……..


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