Devon Countryside Travel Guide

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We'll start this section with mention of the two National Parks falling largely within Devon's borders:

Dartmoor National Park
In the middle of the county is Dartmoor, where tall granite "tors" stand out atop two high plateaus split by the valley of the River Dart. On those plateaus the famous Dartmoor ponies still graze. Dartmoor is also blessed with an abundance of prehistoric remains. Standing stones, hut circles and hill forts dot the landscape of the moor. There are remains of settlements at Grimspound and Standon Down, and several varieties of stone rows and circles near Merrivale. The moor is also famous for its "clapper bridges", with the best at Dartmeet and Postbridge. For a visual tour of the National Park, visit our Dartmoor Photo Gallery.

Exmoor National Park
Along the north coast is Exmoor National Park, home to some of the most varied and beautiful scenery in England. The moors contain large deposits of peat, which form bogs due to the high rainfall. The peat moors give way to heather uplands, replete with a variety of grasses and plants, such as gorse and whortleberry. Pretty villages dot the Park, and lovely villages such as Lynmouth cluster at the coast.

And now some more specific places of interest in the countryside:





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British History Quiz

The second wife of Henry VIII



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This Day in British History

18 August, 1707

Death of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire

Cavendish was a powerful supporter of the Glorious Revolution of 1888, bringing William and Mary to the throne. He also rebuilt Chatsworth House, creating one of the great English country houses.

Monarch Mayhem

This king was deposed by his wife, Isabella of France



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Buckfastleigh (Hotel)
Furzeleigh Mill Country House

Furzeleigh Mill Country House

Close to the ancient stannary towns of Ashburton and Buckfastleigh and the medieval town of Totnes, midway between Plymouth and Exeter, this charming character 16th Century former corn mill offers the warmth of a homely atmosphere with hotel quality and service in a superb central location, perfectly placed for holidays … more >>

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Okehampton (Hotel)
Collaven Manor Hotel

Collaven Manor Hotel

Beautiful historic 15th Century manor on the edge of Dartmoor with 4 poster bedrooms, log fires, glorious views & candlelit restaurant. Ideal touring centre yet peacefully located for riding, fishing. more >>

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