Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park


Location: Devon   Map

Area: 368 sq mi (953 sq km)

Highest point: 2,038 ft (621 m)

Visitor Centre, Princetn (01822- 890414)


Museum of Dartmoor Life

West St., Okehampton

Tel. 01837 52295

Open: 10:15am- 4:15pm Tue & Fri

Closed: 24 Dec- 1 Jan

Castle Drogo


Tel. 01647 433306

Open: Apr- Nov: Wed- Mon


Description of Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is a nature reserve in Devon region in the South- western United Kingdom. Dartmoor National Park covers a total area of 368 sq mi (953 sq km). It is famous for unique natural landscape as well as remains of human presence. The oldest settlements here date back to the Bronze Age. Although it is hard to find remains of the ancient presence here, standing stones are clearly visible in the treeless landscape of Dartmoor National Park. Several campsites are spread all over the nature reserve. Back country camping is also allowed in the park, but it carries certain restrictions.


It is an extensive granite plateau dating from the Carboniferous. This plateau is surrounded by a natural embankment and dotted by a large number of granitic hills, called tors, which give shelter to the local flora and fauna. The highest point is High Willhays (621 m above sea level). The whole area is rich in archaeological sites.


Dartmoor is under the supervision of the Dartmoor National Park Authority. Certain areas of Dartmoor have been used as a military firing range for more than 200 years. The entrance to the public is allowed in the rest of the Park (regulated by access rules). It is a popular tourist destination in England.


Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park