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Dartmoor

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Geography

Granite outcrops on the top of hills (tors) are the main features of Dartmoor. It may well be the most prolific area in the United Kingdom for Bronze Age remains. The watershed lies in the moor so the Taw and Torridge go to the north coast while the Plym, the Yealm, the Erme, the Dart itself, the Teign and the Tavy (via the Tamar) go into the sea to the south.

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Towns

  • Princetown - noted for the prison.
  • Morton Hampstead
  • Chagford
  • Bovey Tracey
  • Ashburton
  • Buckfastleigh

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Sights and Activities

Bronze Age remains

On Dartmoor you are never far from Bronze Age remains but some of the best are:

  • Grimspound
  • Merrivale
  • Erme Head
  • Ditsworthy Warren

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Weather

Perhaps not surprisingly Dartmoor has about twice the rainfall of Plymouth. It is also well known for its mists and it pays to have a compass as the moors can be featureless except round the tors.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Lavender House HotelKnowle Hill Ashburtonhotel-
Sparrowhawk Backpackers45 Ford Streethostel84
The Dartmoor LodgePeartree Cross Ashburtonguesthouse-
YHA DartmoorBellever, Postbridge, Devon PostbridgeHOSTEL-

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