Dartmoor Nature Tours

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Links

You may find these off-site links useful.  Please note we do not accept responsibility for off-site content.

  • Dartmoor National Park Authority
    The official site for the park, with a selection of fact files covering various aspects of Dartmoor life.
  • Devon County Council
    A big site with lots of information for residents and visitors alike.  Comprehensive listing of attractions, communities, services and council activities.
  • The Dartmoor Society
    The Dartmoor Society is an independent organisation dedicated to sharing information and promoting the well-being of Dartmoor and its communities through events and research into local issues.
  • The Dartmoor Preservation Association
    The Dartmoor Preservation Association is an independent charity organisation for people who care about Dartmoor. Working closely with the National Park Authority it campaigns for the protection of the special qualities of Dartmoor, and promotes measures to foster a strong and vibrant local economy. Members are kept up to date with local issues by their magazine Dartmoor Matters which appears 3 times per year. Conservation projects are undertaken by the volunteer Conservation Team on a regular basis and The Association also organises guided walks and events in and around Dartmoor.
  • Exclusively Dartmoor
    Has an extensive database including accommodation, activities and local businesses.
  • Geoff Powell, Painter and Photographer
    Resident in London in the 60s/70s the events of which triggered his painting Geoff has lived and worked in South Devon for the last 28 years.  He is a self-taught painter and his unique style of painting and drawing explores the joys and fears of humankind whilst his photography captures the spirit of Dartmoor.
  • Robert Hesketh
    Robert Hesketh is a writer and photographer with a strong interest in local history. He has published 41 Devon, Dorset and Somerset titles and written numerous illustrated articles for local and national publications. He also offers 17 local history talks to Devon organisations including history clubs, Women’s Institutes U3A and Probus on Devon and its history.
Local Accommodation
Dartmoor has a wide range of reasonably priced accommodation from luxury hotels, traditional family-run hotels, farmhouse B&B, Youth Hostels, self catering and camping barns. Below is a small selection.
  • Yarrow Lodge B&B
    Ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiast or simply for those seeking a tranquil place to rest, this comfortable family run Bed and Breakfast, nestles in Yarner Wood within Dartmoor National Park.  Bed and Breakfast from £30 per person per night. Sorry no dogs.  Tel: 0784 9840 126.
  • Devon Holiday Cottages
    Blue Chip Holidays provide 4 and 5 star holiday accommodation in Devon.
  • Lydgate House, Postbridge
    Set in its own 36 acres of heaven Lydgate House is a small and unique country house hotel with spectacular views across Dartmoor moorland. 
  • Beechwood, B&B
    A beautiful location set in 6 acres of gardens and hay meadows in the heart of Dartmoor.
  • The Longhouse Bed and Breakfast
    Fifteenth century bed and breakfast tucked away in its own secluded oasis in Moretonhampstead.
  • Higher Westcott Farm
    A 300 year old granite-walled Devon longhouse, located in Dartmoor National Park three miles from Moretonhampstead. Westcott is a traditional English hamlet set in surrounding countryside, ancient woodland and rolling hills, 1,000 feet above sea level. The house has been designed to offer a contemporary but still traditional environment, focusing on comfort and style, with wood-burning stove, flat-screen TV’s, and leather sofas.
  • Book Cottages
    Book Cottages provide a wide variety of holiday properties in and around Dartmoor.  If you are looking for a cosy cottage or a luxurious holiday home you can find it on the site.  There is a great range of properties to suit all budgets and all party sizes.
  • Gidleigh Park Hotel
    Gidleigh Park Hotel is set in its 107 acres of grounds and parkland in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, and has a simply breathtaking location.  This idyllic environment offers numerous walks through the grounds and out on to the moors themselves. Gidleigh Park was awarded Gold in the prestigious 'Hotel of the Year' category in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2009. 
  • Swallow Barn, Lydford
    Quality self catering accommodation sleeps 5.  Lydford, West Dartmoor with fabulous views and tranquil setting.
  • Harrabeer
    Harrabeer is a quiet, family-run Country House offering versatile in-house and self- catering accommodation with many of the services of a small hotel. Graded as 4 star Guest accommodation with a restaurant (open to non-residents by arrangement) and licensed bar. Harrabeer was a previous top 20 finalist for AA Landlady of the Year Award.
  • Yarner House
    Yarner House was built in 1660 and this exclusive accommodation which overlooks the Wray Valley and historic Yarner Wood, is now offering guests the chance to stay in luxurious 5* rooms with outstanding views, a relaxed atmosphere and home from home feel. All this within walking distance of Yarner Wood, an idyllic and ancient wood - perfect for strolls in rural Dartmoor.
  • Dartmoor Holiday Cottages

Activities

  • Heather and Gorse
    Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers are a ladies only dancing side (but they do have male musicians!) based near Newton Abbot. In the summer they dance at least once a week in the evening, usually at a local pub.
  • Powdermills Pottery
    Powdermills is a small family-run pottery located in the heart of Dartmoor. As well as pottery made on site from clays and materials gathered on Dartmoor, the shop sells a wide range of items made by some of Dartmoor’s finest craft people. Cream teas are served at weekends from June to September.
  • Westcountry Walking Holidays
    Specialise in self-guided, pack-free walking / hiking holidays and short breaks in the Westcountry. Walking tours cover some of the best of England's scenery with grand cliffs and seascapes, rugged moorland and picturesque villages.

Travel in Romania

Romania is a challenging but rewarding country to visit. It has fantastic scenery and it is still relatively cheap.  

I recently visited Romania and organised a 2 day tour (2 half days and one full day) with Marian Tirla who runs Active Travel (based in Brasov) which offers unique small group tours and vacation travel packages from general touring to wildlife viewing and wilderness trips around Romania.

Website is http://www.city-tours.ro/ 
E-mail is  office@activetravel.ro