Castles, gorges and walks in Dartmoor National Park including pictures and videos

Located in the heart of Devon in south west England, Dartmoor National Park sits in a unique landscape of open moorland, ancient woodland, river networks and patchwork farming fields. There are about 170 granite tors dotting the horizon which were once giant mountains now eroded over at least the last 10 million years to leave behind dramatic rocky outcrops.

There is something for everyone at Dartmoor – walking routes for all abilities, intriguing buildings to visit, observing Dartmoor ponies on the moors, shopping for local produce in farm shops and markets and at the end of a busy day a traditional Devonshire cream tea to indulge in.

Castle Drogo
Castle Drogo – The last castle built in England, tourist information, pictures, videos and walks Castle Drogo is an intriguing building where ‘nothing is normal’ according to the National Trust who now owns and manages it. Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in England between 1910 and 1930...
Finch Foundry
Finch Foundry – The last working water-powered forge in England, pictures, videos, postcode and map A unique example of a village industry, Finch Foundry is the last surviving water-powered forge from a time before large-scale mass production began. William Finch took over the lease of a former...
Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge – deepest gorge in south west of England, pictures, video, walks and directions Located in the Lyd valley, Dartmoor National Park, Lydford Gorge is the deepest gorge in the whole of the south west of England. It lies within enchanting ancient woodlands and has produced some of the...
Dartmoor National Park
Castles, gorges and walks in Dartmoor National Park including pictures and videos Located in the heart of Devon in south west England, Dartmoor National Park sits in a unique landscape of open moorland, ancient woodland, river networks and patchwork farming fields. There are about 170 granite tors...

Dartmoor National Park Facts

Total area – 950 sq. km or 368 sq. miles approx.
Year of designation - 1951
Population – 33,000 (2009)
Annual visitors – 2.4 million annually (Oct 2014)
Main settlements - Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Chagford, Moretonhampstead
Scheduled ancients monuments – 1,058

Other Facts
England's newest castle - Castle Drogo
Over 10,000 hectares of Bronse Age field systems
Famous Tors formed 280 million years ago

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