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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Riverview Court

RELAXING RIVERSIDE HOUSE EASY WALKING DISTANCE TO BIDEFORD QUAYSIDE This property offers wonderful views of the River Torridge as well as being perfect for those wishing to explore the …
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Sheepwash (Self catering)
The Linhay, Sheepwash

The Linhay

This detached barn conversion is situated on the owners' livestock farm, close to the Devon village of Sheepwash and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
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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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