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The Area

Walk
There are some tried and tested walks for you to do. From 1 hour to 5. Feel free to use the O.S map too if you want to freestyle your own route. There is so much terrain here, rivers, moorland, fields, hills, reservoirs, beach and tors.

Ride
Depending on your bike, riding here is very diverse. Haldon Hill (20mins) is a great woodland park for off roading and you can hire bikes there. They also have a freestyle park, it’s good for all ages and levels. www.forestcyclehire.co.uk 01392 833768. Or you can use our Dartmoor cycling map.

Fish
Fly-fishing at the reservoirs – drop your day permit cash in the box and off you go. Private lessons can be arranged. Trout fishing all over – we like Tavistock lakes, www.tavistocktroutfishery.co.uk, as they have a good kids pond to fish in and Tavistock has a great pannier market.  Also Fingle Bridge Inn offers day permit to fish in the river Teign – totally gorgeous spot.

Golf
There are many courses in the National Park from the glorious Bovey Castle www.boveycastle.com to the Teign Valley www.teignvalleygolf.co.uk and Stover www.stovergolf.co.uk

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Horse riding
Horse-riding on the moor is easily arranged to suit all capabilities, pub rides are a good day out. This is a fantastic area to ride. www.babenystables.co.uk have good stables, take care of their horses and keep their prices down. Shilstone Rocks is also very good but a bit more pricey.

Climb
Dartmoor is 47,000 hectares of open access land, so if you want to climb you can. We have detailed maps of the area to help you but you will need your own equipment. We can also organise guides to take climbers to many different locations throughout the south west, or on our local crags. The local indoor climbing centre is 20mins away with routes to suit all.
www.rockcentre.co.uk 01626 852717

Beach
Dawlish Warren – (25mins) sand dunes, safe clean swimming, moorings and the usual seaside treats, make this a great beach that offers a bit of everything.
Exmouth – (40mins) long sandy beach with many amenities. Popular with kitesurfers and for rock pooling too.
Bigbury – (45mins) stunning beach stretch with a corridor of sand leading to Burgh island with its Art Deco hotel and 13th century pub. If the tide is in a sea tractor takes you over!
Sandymouth – (45mins) good family surfing and little café serving real coffee. Check the tides though.

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Wild Swimming
There are a few spots on Dartmoor where you can swim in the rivers. They are cold but great fun. Newbridge on the river dart is amazing, head for Spitchwick Common area.

Kids
Miniature Pony Centre - (10mins) great for children of all ages with lots of animals and many activities.
www.miniatureponycentre.co.uk 01647 432400

Woodlands - (50mins) set in woodlands never really crowded. With the best indoor climbing frame we have ever seen suitable rides for all ages especially toddlers.
www.woodlandspark.com 01803 712598

Bellever woods – (20 mins) lovely woodland, river area. Great space for picnics, frolicking in the river and some nice walks around too.