Living close to Dartmoor
Chudleigh’s incredible location places it just on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park, one of the most beautiful parts of the country. With Dartmoor on our doorstep, we’re spoilt for choice in terms of activities for all ages. Here are a few ideas for a great Dartmoor day out:
- Get outdoors.
We first of all have to mention the beautiful scenery of Dartmoor that will quench even the most insatiable thirst for the great outdoors. There are endless walks, hikes and rambles for all abilities and preferences. A popular walk is Castle Drago to Fingle Gorge which is a 2 hour round trip, taking you along the scenic riverbank and past the dramatic castle and old stone bridge. Or if cycling is more your style, the Granite Way 11 mile route is a favourite.
2. The Zoo
Always a great family day out, Dartmoor Zoo has the largest collection of big cats in the area and 33 acres of land. Spot African lions, tigers, Jaguars and cheetahs, amongst other wildlife. The zoo has a charming story as well. The Mee family bought the Zoo in 2006 and reopened it successfully in 2007, writing the book ‘We Bought a Zoo’ based on their experience. It was turned into a film featuring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in 2012.
3. Visit the film sites
Spielberg filmed much of War Horse in Dartmoor, commenting, “(I have) never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” The main areas used were Ringmoor Down, Combestone Tor, Haytor, Bonehill area, Hexworthy Bridge and Cadover Bridge/Brisworthy.
4. The Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary
Get more of a wildlife fix at the Buckfast Butterfly and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary. Immerse yourself in a cloud of tropical butterflies and coo at the adorable otters.
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