Dartmoor is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Devon and for good reason.
Covering 954 square kilometres, it offers miles and miles of unspoilt hiking and trekking that can prove to be more than a challenge for even the most able of ramblers.
Hundreds of tors (Dartmoor’s iconic granite landmarks) are dotted around the landscape as well as stone cairns, bridges and the occasional sinking mud marsh. One of the big draws of this area is the complete isolation and sparse nature of the landscape – whilst this is very beautiful to walk through, it can make finding a place to stay a little difficult.
There’s a great range of accommodation options to choose from, depending on your taste, budget and level of required comfort. Before you book your next trip down to Dartmoor, have a look at our options here and see if one takes your fancy:
The Dartmoor Lodge Hotel
Situated on the South Eastern edge of Dartmoor, the Dartmoor Lodge Hotel has been open since 2008 and is perfectly positioned for any hikers keen to start from the edge of the moor and work in. It’s position, on the periphery of the park is easy to access from the local major roads and the hotel also happens to have a lovely bar and restaurant offering a wide lunch and dinner menu. There’s enough home comforts here to keep a rambler happy and the prices are also very reasonable.
Prices from: £98 p/night for a Double Room
Langstone Manor Park
On the western side of Dartmoor, just a short drive from the border town of Tavistock, lies Langstone Manor, a huge holiday site which caters for all manner of holiday makers. If you’re looking to rough it in a tent, then you can pitch up at Langstone right next to the camper vans and motor homes. If you’d like to not deal with the hassle of a tent then they have camping pods for hire, as well as whole apartments and cottages to rent.
Prices from: £18 p/night for a Pitch for Two
The Plume of Feathers
There aren’t many other places that can boast a better position than The Plume. Sat literally between the moor and the outer limits of Princetown, this traditional English pub is the perfect place to warm up your feet after a long day of hiking. As far as sleeping arrangements go, you can either opt for a B&B arrangement, in one of 10 en-suite rooms or you can choose the more rough’n’ready Bunkhouse or Old Bunkhouse which offers dormitory-style bunk beds. There’s also a campsite for those wanting to eschew home comforts.
Prices from: £90 p/night for a Double Room
Prince Hall Hotel
For some, the joy of experiencing somewhere like Dartmoor is having a truly luxurious room to return to, once the day’s walking has been completed. The 18th Century, Prince Hall Hotel has bags of luxury to spare and it’s central position (just down the road from Two Bridges and a short drive from Princetown) makes it a great base from which to start a day’s exploration of Southern Dartmoor. Whilst the rooms might set you back a fair whack, you’re guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep at this historical mansion.
Prices from: £160 p/night for a Double Room with Breakfast