Whilst many people come to Dartmoor to enjoy the beautiful scenery and to recharge their batteries, many come to get active. With over 450 miles of public rights of way, there is an abundance of walking routes to suit all tastes and abilities. Dartmoor also boasts a variety of cycle routes, both on and off road, making it as challenging as you want it. And there is also the small matter of horse-riding, climbing, letterboxing, geocaching or kayaking
Why not join one of our organised walks led by an experienced guide, or visit one of the National Park Visitor Centres which stock a wide selection of walking guides, books and maps. For cyclists, Dartmoor has everything you could wish for - safe, traffic-free trails, quiet forest tracks, challenging bridleways and historic rural lanes to enjoy at your own pace.
You can ride out across common land on the open moor and trot along woodland trails and bridleways, or follow in the hoofprints of medieval traders along historic byways linking towns and villages. Dartmoor has first-class stables offering you a good horse, tuition and an experienced guide.
Dartmoor is a wonderful place for both groups and individuals to climb. Many of the granite tors for which the National Park is famous offer both challenging routes and exciting bouldering opportunities amongst some of the wildest country in the south west.
eocaching and Letterboxing are great ways of having fun in the countryside. Geocaching involves hunting out carefully hidden caches using maps and satellite navigation devices called GPS (Global Positioning System) receivers. Whilst Letterboxing is the original form of Geocaching and uses a combination of orienteering and treasure hunting where predetermined clues are used to locate boxes placed on the moor by others.