Dartmoor National Park

The official tourism organisation for Dartmoor National Park, Visit Dartmoor, has launched a range of itineraries aimed at group travel.

Focusing on different themes and areas of the moor, the new itineraries have been created as a means to enjoy a taste of Dartmoor on a wider tour of the south west and can be combined as part of a longer visit to the National Park. 

Announcing the launch, Jo Butler, Visit Dartmoor director, commented: “Dartmoor is known for its stunning wilderness, but visitors don’t always appreciate how much there is to do or know where to start. The concept behind the new itineraries was simply making Dartmoor easier to explore.

What themes will the itineraries include?

Active Breaks: For more active groups, this itinerary will feature bespoke guided cycling tours and walking through Dartmoor National Park.

National Trust: This schedule turns the spotlight on two of Dartmoor’s National Trust attractions, Finch Foundry, the last water powered forge in England, and Lydford Gorge with its famous White Lady Waterfall.

Castle & Garden: Featuring Castle Drogo and Stone Lane Gardens with its mystical sculpture exhibition, groups will visit these attractions discovering more about their history and horticultural value.

History & Heritage: This itinerary focuses on the ancient stannary town of Tavistock and 700-year-old Buckland Abbey as well as the historic St Michael and All Angels church. 

Arts & Crafts: For art groups, this programme includes a visit to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass.

Butler continued: “We will be developing a Dartmoor Folklore itinerary later in the year and will also be launching a new Group Travel section on the website. This will give more itinerary ideas, info on coach parking as well as venues that welcome groups.”

The new series of itineraries also showcase the most group-friendly hotels, highlighting top nearby attractions and activities. More information regarding this can be found on the Visit Dartmoor website.

For more information, visit www.visitdartmoor.co.uk.

Image: Dartmoor (Photo credit: VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis.)