There is a wealth of things to do whilst staying with us at Mill End. From wonderful walks on our doorstep to family attractions across the National Park, the local area is full of exciting places to explore. Take a look at our recommendations for walks, attractions and experiences on Dartmoor, as well as the opportunities to discover more about the heritage of the local area.
Dartmoor offers huge expanses of largely untouched moorland beauty. We are also well known for our many Tors – sharp hills topped with outcrops of beautifully weathered granite. The Tors are handy way-marks for a walk on Dartmoor – whether for a short but rewarding walk from a nearby car park or, at the extreme end of things, as part of the annual Ten Tors Challenge.
The highest point on Dartmoor is High Willhays, just over 2,000ft above sea level! So we have a real range of walking options for everyone, from beginners with dogs to seasoned outdoorsmen and hiking lovers.
Dartmoor is also the catchment area for many of Devon’s rivers, including the famous River Dart, which starts as the East Dart and West Dart, merges at beautiful Dartmeet, and then flows through the town of Totnes before reaching the sea at Dartmouth.
With so many rivers and bodies of water across Dartmoor, there are 600 yards of private salmon and trout fishing, eight miles of game fishing and still-water fishing on local lakes await your pleasure.
As you explore Dartmoor, you may also encounter some of the moor’s wealth of prehistoric remains, mainly dating back to the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, and numerous standing stones, stone circles and stone rows. Some of the best examples are the remains of a medieval village near Hound Tor and the Fernworthy Stone Circle.
There are some thoroughly delightful towns and villages on Dartmoor and around its foothills. While you are here, you’ll want to visit Chagford, a fascinating and attractive Dartmoor stannary town which is a stone’s throw from Mill End. It’s also worth a stroll around Moretonhampstead, just a couple of miles from Mill End, with a nice handful of interesting shops and a few cosy pubs.
Tavistock is an award-winning market town on the edge of Dartmoor. Plenty of interesting shops, delightful riverside gardens, and a Saturday farmer’s market. A proper, bustling moorside town.
Princetown is also a notable place to visit, as it is home to Dartmoor Prison and the Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre, which provides an excellent introduction to Dartmoor, with exhibits showcasing the history and geography of the moor, an excellent shop with maps and guidebooks, and a very helpful team of expert staff to help you make the most of the moor.
Dartmoor has something for everyone and for all seasons. Explore from the comfort of your car, take a walk (short or long), enjoy a Devon cream tea, play a round of golf at Okehampton, go fishing at Mill End, enjoy the excitement of falconry or pop down to Widecombe and visit the fair made famous by Uncle Tom Cobley.
If you ever feel overwhelmed by the many options, please give us a call or pop into reception, and we’d be happy to help you make a plan and get it booked.