Devon Countryside Travel Guide
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: