Visit Dartmoor, a designated National Park covering some 368 square miles of Devon. Mill End is a dog-friendly hotel in Devon set right in the heartland of the National Park and makes the perfect base to explore its heritage, walking, fishing and dog-friendly activities.
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.
Some Tors like Great Mistor and Great Links (as you might assume from their names) are huge, cyclopean and imposing and make a truly beautiful bit of sight seeing for lovers of the natural world.
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.
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.
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.
There are some thoroughly delightful towns 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.
The Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre in Princetown (also home to Dartmoor Prison!) 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 Bovey castle or Okehampton, go fishing at Mill End, enjoy the excitement of falconery 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 pop in to reception and we’d be happy to help you make a plan and get it booked.