Dartmoor is the ideal location to spend a summer getaway. There’s plenty of outdoor activities and natural wonders to explore in the Devon sunshine!

This picturesque location is a summer staycation favourite, so you’re sure to have a great experience however you choose to spend your time.

With so many things to discover, how do you possibly narrow it down? Keep reading to find out the top things to do in Dartmoor during Summer.


Go Hiking

Dartmoor’s rolling hills are an adventurer’s dream! Lace up your boots, grab a backpack, and enjoy a relaxing hike through the breathtaking landscapes. Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding moorland as you wander, it’s especially picturesque in the sunshine! 

You can even discover ancient stone circles and Bronze Age settlements within the national park, so make sure you keep an eye out if you’re a history lover.


Follow a Cycling Trail

Cycling enthusiasts will feel right at home with Dartmoor’s variety of trails for all skill levels. Whether you’re looking for scenic lanes, challenging terrains or peaceful valleys, you can pedal until your heart’s content here! 

The Granite Way, a traffic-free cycle path, takes you from Okehampton to Lydford, offering spectacular views of Meldon Viaduct and the moors. If you fancy more of an adventure, bring along your mountain bike and explore the off-road trails, where you can immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Dartmoor.


Enjoy some wild swimming 

Dartmoor’s crystal-clear rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and hidden swimming spots are popular with visitors to cool off during the summer months. 

Enjoy a dip in the river pools at the iconic Dartmeet, where the East and West Dart rivers meet. Make sure you also visit the enchanting Canonteign Falls, the highest waterfall in England, located within peaceful woodland gardens for a swim in beautiful surroundings.

As with all wild swimming, make sure you follow regulations and safety guidance before you head into the water!


Discover fascinating historic sites and cultural heritage

Dartmoor’s heritage is rich in history and mythology. Take a trip to visit ancient sites like Grimspound, a well-preserved Bronze Age settlement, or the magnificent Buckfast Abbey – both just a 20 minute journey from our hotel!

The location of the Merrivale Stone Rows is a fascinating place to enjoy a walk too. The monuments are said to have been built between 2500 BC and 1000 BC, so hold a lot of historical value in the area.


Horse Riding

Fancy a different experience on your trip? A laid back horse riding session is perfect for a summer’s day!

Dartmoor is home to numerous stables and riding centres that offer guided tours and treks suitable for all levels of experience. Trot along ancient bridleways, canter through meadows and enjoy the freedom of the moors as you explore on horseback in the sunshine.


Spend an evening stargazing

For an unforgettable summer night, take in the tranquillity of Dartmoor and spend an evening under the stars.

There’s plenty of locations where you can watch the sunset, then take in the beauty of the night sky unspoiled by light pollution. Dartmoor’s designation as an International Dark Sky Reserve ensures unparalleled views of the Milky Way and a chance to witness shooting stars and astronomical wonders.

We hope that we’ve inspired your summer to-do list during your stay with us!


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