Family Holidays in Dartmoor family holiday guide


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Nestled in the heart of Devon, Dartmoor is ever popular with wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, a rich history and rare wildlife, Dartmoor has 370 million years of history to share, along with compelling landscapes, lots of natural sights to explore, and plenty of things to plan great excursions around. Dartmoor National Park is, of course, world famous, attracting many thousands of nature lovers every year; but there’s plenty more to this land where dinosaurs once roamed – most of it perfect for families with children under 16.

Here are the top 10 things we love about family holidays in Dartmoor:

  1. The abundant pretty picnic places where children can eat and then play safely.
  2. Historical sites are easy to find.
  3. There’s something for families of all ages.
  4. Nature lovers and sightseers are both spoiled for choice.
  5. There’s so much to see and do you could stay for weeks.
  6. Dartmoor is an area known for great local food and produce.
  7. Lots of the things to see and do are very reasonably priced.
  8. The public transport system is great, so you can leave the car some days.
  9. The best cream teas in England are found in this area.
  10. Couples, singles, and families with children of all ages are catered for.


Once inhabited by dinosaurs, the Dartmoor region had no human life for many millions of years. The iconic 365 square miles of Dartmoor National Park now draws many visitors, keen to explore the blend of granite rocks, gentle hills and valleys filled with trees, as well as catch a glimpse of the charming ponies which call this place home.

The moorland towns and villages around the park are equally varied in character, with attractions which appeal to everyone. Along with family-friendly accommodation, they offer endless eating and drinking options, historical treats and shopping opportunities.


    • Guided tours. You can go the DIY route with a tourist guide as there are lots available in the shops around the area, or book the family onto a walk with a qualified Dartmoor Guide. Electric bike tour options are also available, perfect for younger children who tire more easily.
    • Cream Teas in traditional Devon fashion.  The pretty chocolate box villages of Lustleigh and Moretonhampstead are great places to step right back in time and indulge.
    • Cycling. The Wray Valley Trail (between Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey) is just one of many that suit riders of all ages. Hiring a bike is easy.
    • Go swimming. Enjoy a dip in Changford’s open air pool warmed by solar panels or watch the kids from your comfy seating area.
    • Nearby attractions. The park is surrounded by dozens of places to visit, good for both warm and wet days.
      • Shilstone Riding Centre offers adults and children between 4 – 18 either private lessons or 1-2 hour supervised hacks on the moor. All equipment is provided and horses are available for all ages and experience levels.
      • Chagford Swimming Pool. 7 miles from Dartmoor this open air, river-fed public pool is fun for all the family to visit. A separate toddler pool with play accessories, a sunbathing area, and seated area are available too.
      • Milky Way Adventure Park. In nearby Bideford, this is designed to appeal to kids aged from birth to 12 years. Expect the usual fun slides and rides, plus some interesting shows, a sci-fi collection and some alien themed rooms.
      • Miniature Pony Centre. This Moretonhampstead based attraction is suitable for all ages and can easily make for a full day out. Along with the small ponies are lots of other animals, a park, garden, rides and soft play area.
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