Devon's two moors are infamous for their beauty and expanse of boundless, unspoilt countryside, not to mention legendary beasts and hairy hands! A perfect excuse for an adventure, a trip to Exmoor or Dartmoor are both within easy reach of Exeter and the heart of Devon and offer either a gentle or more challenging jaunt as well as watersports, cycling and fantastic cream teas. Make sure you pack your walking boots!
Designated a National Park, Exmoor is to the north of the county of Devon and extends into West Somerset. It encompasses 267 square miles of land, some of which runs alongside the dramatic coastline of the Bristol Channel. Teaming with wildlife and home to the Exmoor Pony, the National Park also offers a range of watersports at Wimbleball Lake. This tranquil setting from which to enjoy a host of activities including horse-riding, canoeing and sailing is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site thanks to the lack of light pollution. End the day on Exmoor, now an International Dark Sky Reserve, for a breath-taking and rare view of the stars in the night sky.
A short drive from Exeter, Dartmoor National Park is 368 square miles of moorland and home to flora and fauna not to mention the traditional cultural heritage of the area and unique rural life. Dartmoor is the perfect spot for active visitors with off-road cycling paths, walking paths, horse-riding, climbing, wild camping and letterboxing all available to enjoy. Dartmoor rivers also offer you the opporunity to explore the countryside from the water in a canoe. Following all that activity, you will be pleased to rest for a while and enjoy a local ale at one of Dartmoor's characterful pubs, restaurants and hotels.Inland walking guides Coastal path walks Cycling Arts and crafts Heritage