Dartmoor is a stunning and diverse national park that offers an enchanting backdrop for couples seeking a romantic getaway. The rugged landscapes, ancient tors, and picturesque villages provide the perfect setting for memorable experiences.

Whether you’re nature enthusiasts, history buffs, or adrenaline junkies, Dartmoor has something to offer every couple. Here’s a guide to the top activities to ignite the spark of romance when visiting Dartmoor.

Strolls Through Dartmoor’s Countryside

Dartmoor boasts a plethora of walking trails that wind through its stunning countryside. Take a leisurely stroll hand in hand along the River Dart, or experience the magic of the ancient woodlands of Wistman’s Wood. The timeless beauty of Dartmoor’s landscapes provides an ideal setting for intimate conversations and shared moments amidst nature.

Romantic Places to Walk on Dartmoor


One of Dartmoor’s most iconic tors, Haytor offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding moors. Couples can enjoy a romantic hike to the top and take in the stunning scenery.

Burrator Reservoir

The tranquil waters of Burrator Reservoir provide a serene setting for a romantic lakeside walk. Enjoy the scenery, have a picnic by the water, and take in the reflections of the surrounding hills.

Wistman’s Wood

For a magical and enchanting experience, venture into Wistman’s Wood, an ancient woodland filled with moss-covered boulders and twisted, stunted oak trees. The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic and peaceful walk.

Romantic Dinners with Dartmoor Delicacies

Embark on a culinary journey and savour the flavours of Dartmoor together. Mill End Hotel’s exquisite restaurant offers plenty of treats to indulge in, from traditional Devonshire cream teas to delectable roast dinners prepared by our talented chefs using locally sourced ingredients. Your gastronomic experience can continue across the incredible pubs and cafes found across Dartmoor.

Magical Stargazing Nights

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and witness the magic of Dartmoor’s night sky. Far from urban light pollution, Dartmoor offers a celestial spectacle that will leave you both awe-inspired. Pack a blanket, lay back, and enjoy the brilliance of stars twinkling above – a truly romantic and unforgettable experience.

ancient sites on Dartmoor

Historical Exploration of Dartmoor’s Ancient Sites

For couples with a penchant for history, Dartmoor is a treasure trove of ancient monuments and archaeological sites. Explore the mystical Merrivale Stone Rows, visit the iconic Grimspound, or wander around the deserted medieval village near Hound Tor. These historical gems provide a fascinating backdrop for couples keen on unravelling Dartmoor’s rich past.

There are also plenty of historical attractions on Dartmoor to visit and enjoy a day out together exploring these sites.

Castle Drogo

Located on the northern edge of Dartmoor, Castle Drogo is a magnificent castle with stunning gardens. Couples can take a tour of the castle, stroll through the picturesque gardens, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. You can even walk to Castle Drogo from Mill End Hotel if you want an extra adventure!

Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey is a tranquil and beautiful monastery to visit near Buckfastleigh. Enjoy a peaceful stroll as you explore the abbey and its gardens together.

horse riding on Dartmoor

Adrenaline-Pumping Adventures for Thrill-Seekers

Inject a dose of excitement into your romantic retreat with adrenaline-pumping activities. Dartmoor offers opportunities for rock climbing, horse riding, and even wild swimming in some of its crystal-clear rivers. Share the thrill of adventure as you conquer Dartmoor’s challenges together.

Cycling on Dartmoor

Hop on your bike and explore Dartmoor’s cycling trails. The Granite Way, a scenic 11-mile route between Okehampton and Lydford, offers stunning views of the moors.

Climb a Tor

Dartmoor is dotted with granite tors that offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Climbing to the top of a tor can be a rewarding experience and is sure to get the blood pumping.

River Dart Country Park

Perfect for adventurous couples, the River Dart Country Park offers outdoor activities such as canoeing, zip-lining, and high ropes courses. The park’s natural setting provides an exciting backdrop for couples seeking a bit of adventure together.

Dartmoor, with its blend of natural beauty, historical charm, and adventurous spirit, provides an idyllic setting for couples seeking a memorable getaway. Whether you prefer tranquil walks, historical explorations, or adrenaline-fueled escapades, Dartmoor has it all.

Make sure your romantic getaway is perfect in every way by staying in luxury at our 4-star country house hotel on Dartmoor. Mill End Hotel has 21 individually styled bedrooms, comfy lounges, log fires, and beautiful riverside gardens to make you feel cosy and at home for a romantic escape.