But Dartmoor also has a very gentle side. Safe, quiet areas where you can picnic with the family, easy to follow trails for strolling, walking and cycling, many lovely open spaces where the children can run to their heart’s content and a huge number of child friendly and dog friendly places to stay, to eat and attractions to visit.
Walking is good for your body, mind and soul, and where better to do it than amongst some of the most stunning, magical landscapes in the world.
Whether you’re looking for a challenging trek across windswept moors, or just a relaxing stroll through secluded woods, you’ve come to the right place.
Dartmoor has it all. Blaze your own trail, be a pioneer, explore and take the less trodden route. If you are a keen, confident walker, try one of the hard or moderate routes, gather your kit and head out the door.
If perhaps you are a little less confident of your surroundings, why not try a guided walk with one of the many superb walking groups or take advantage of the experience and knowledge of a walking guide. There are some excellent planned routes for families - including ones designed to put the children in charge - lasting from an hour to a full day.
The Official Tourism Guide http://www.visitdartmoor.co.uk/
Haytor and Hound tor Rocks
Haytor is one of the more prominent granite outcrops on Dartmoor. It has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and on a good day you can see the sea
How Do I Get There?
There are a number of car parks approximately 3 miles from Bovey Tracey on the B3387 to Widdicombe road within easy walking range of the rocks
Dartmoor Way Cycle Route
The Dartmoor Way Cycle Route is a 95 mile-long circular route which winds its way around the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park, linking hamlets, villages and towns along its length.
This recreational route takes cyclists through the varying landscape surrounding the High Moor, visitingattractive and interesting locations which offer a wide choice of places to eat, drink and stay for the night. The well-signed Dartmoor Way Cycle Route follows quiet Devon lanes and minor roads,and uses traffic-free cycle tracks wherever possible.
A scenic and historic waymarked route for walkers from Haytor on Dartmoor to Teignmouth and passing through the edge of Bovey Tracey.
The route as far as possible follows the route by which granite was taken from the quarries at Haytor to the sea at Teignmouth. From Haytor to Bovey Tracey, it follows the line of a granite tramway and further down, the route of the former Stover canal.
East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve
East Dartmmor National Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the country to enjoy the outdoors and to encounter wildlife. The reserve lies just a stone's throw from the iconic Haytor Rocks, and straddles both the high open moors and lower wooded valleys of dartmoor National park. It comprises three joined but distinct areas: Yarner Wood, Trendlebere Down and the valley of the River Bovey.
You are welcome to Walk the entire area of the reserve. There is an extensive network of footpaths and tracks to explore as well as trails to guide you.
Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust
Visit our all-weather visitor centre at Parke Estate, near Bovey Tracey, south-east Dartmoor
Come and meet the adoption ponies and learn about their heritage and future
The Centre is open on Sunday afternoons from Easter to end October from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
Preserve the indigenous Dartmoor Pony. Maintain its presence on Dartmoor. Protect our heritage for future generations.