First designated in 1951, Dartmoor National Park has an amazing variety of landscapes within its 368 square miles - iconic tors, moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland and more than 450 miles of rights of way to enjoy.
A suite of new immersive experiences are being launched to encourage visitors to view the extraordinary landscapes and culture of Dartmoor National Park. These experiences were unveiled at a public event here at the Moorland Garden Hotel. These will form part of the English National Park Experience Collection which is a selection of over 70 immersive visitor experiences across nine National Parks in England funded by Visit England's Discover England Fund.
The new collection offers outstanding visitor experiences in some of the country's finest landscapes. Each experience has been carefully selected, developed and curated to tell the stories of Dartmoor National Park, and the people that care for it.
The seven experiences available on Dartmoor are:
1. Gems of Dartmoor
This workshop is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the hidden gems of Dartmoor and the fundamentals of great photography, enabling you to capture the unique scenery of Dartmoor National Park. Vivid colours and atmospheric sunlight go hand-in-hand which is perfect for creating dramatic photographs. Visit destinations that are off the beaten track and learn how to frame and capture stunning images under the expert guidance of a local photographer.
Malcolm Snelgrove's website can be seen HERE
2. Wild Ponies, Wild Land
Walk through a stunning landscape and along part of the historic Haytor Granite Tramway. Hear stories of the quarrymen, tram-pulling ponies, nearby legends and keep a look out for a semi-wild pony herd in their natural habitat before visiting the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) and enjoying an hour's hands-on experience with Dartmoor heritage ponies - grooming, hoof-picking and walking on a lead rein. Find out about the lives and work of the farmers who keep the ponies on the 'commons' of Dartmoor.
The Dartmoor's Daughter website can be seen HERE
3. Walk through Dartmoor's myths and legends
Enjoy a walk through a landscape that is rich in history, stories and myths with a guide who can tell personal tales of living and working on Dartmoor. Be transported back to a time where pixies, ghosts and witchcraft were part of daily life on Dartmoor. Enjoy lunch in a traditional pub which is said to be haunted and has a fire that has been burning nearly 200 years.
Visit Paul Rendell's website HERE
4. Hound of the Baskervilles
Follow in the footsteps of the great writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and discover the real story behind the Hound of the Baskervilles. Find out about the various people, locations, myths and legends that inspired this most famous of detective stories. Visit three churches, each with unique stories to tell, and learn about the people in the communities who helped to create the story. Then prepare to explore the dramatic landscape of Dartmoor and visit relevant locations from the novel.
Visit the website of Unique Devon Tours
5. Ancient stones and ancestors
Step back in time on this guided walk and experience the history and mystery of Ancient Britain and its people. Dartmoor has one of the highest concentrations of Bronze Age relics across north western Europe. Awaken your senses and imagine what it might have been like to live thousands of years ago when walking between granite tors and enjoying stunning views while visiting ruined settlements, ancient stone rows, circles and standing stones, and foraging for wild edibles just as our ancestors would have done.
Walk to the Dartmoor's Daughter website HERE
6. Discover Dartmoor on horseback
Explore Dartmoor's varied terrain on horseback with experienced guides, enjoying a blissfully tranquil ride across wide open moorland and ancient woodland. The perfect horse riding experience is not just about riding but about the landscapes, the quality and condition of the horses, the comfort and relaxation at the end of the experience and the lovely food and wine that make every lunchtime special. It is these finer details that make all the difference.
Mosey on over to the Liberty Trails website
7. Cycle the granite way
This is a spectacular cycle ride through rural Devon with fantastic views of Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside. The Granite Way runs along Dartmoor's old victorian railway, offering a unique way to see the dramatic granite landscape of Dartmoor, as well as iconic bridges, castles and sites of geological interest. A traditional English cream tea can be enjoyed while you relax after your ride.
Start the journey now by visiting Adventure Okehampton's website
If you are visiting further afield there are plenty of opportunites to enjoy National Parks across England and these experiences can be found on the website for the English National Park Experience Collection