Dartmoor National Park and around
Dartmoor National Park and around
Moretonhampstead through Dartmoor, Princetown and Tavistock
Driving through Dartmoor is awesome man. Discover some of the best views in the country, whilst indulging in some of the best local brews on offer. There’s pubs literally everywhere – I feel hungover just thinking about the place. There’s also heaps and heaps of great camping spots, some really close to the beach. What more could you ask for right?
Cruising around in your Wicked Camper gives you ultimate freedom on the country roads. Take in that beautiful country air, discover the many awesome local restaurants, go hiking or just chill the fuck out. Dartmoor National Park covers an area of over 300 square miles, so if it’s your visit to the area, it may be a little daunting. With miles and miles of cracking walks to enjoy and plenty of open road, here’s a little introduction to help get you started.
Moretonhampstead to Postbridge (8 miles / 15 minutes)
Kicking off your trip in Moretonhampstead, take the B3212 to Postbridge and experience the majesty of the high moors. Enjoy magnificent open views across the moors and take photos of the sexy Dartmoor ponies, sheep and cattle all getting in the way of the road.
Arrive in the small village of Postbridge, park up your Wicked Camper and take a stroll down to the riverbank and across the famous ‘Clapper Bridge’ – built from whole slabs of granite. Plenty of awesome photo ops along this first leg I tells ya!
The B3212 offers many beautiful views, fast sweeping bends and a whole abundance of sexy sheep! Put the pedal to the metal, get the tunes cranking and experience the lush countryside on your way into Dartmoor National park.
Postbridge to Princetown (6 miles / 15 minutes)
Continuing on the B3212 from Postbridge, cruise across heaps of open moorland and rugged terrain. Eventually you’ll reach a T-junction at Two Bridges, turn right, then a quick bear left onto the B231 towards sexy Princetown.
Famous for the Dartmoor Prison, Princetown has lots on offer with many exhibitions, sight-seeing and guided tours available. Park up your Wicked Camper and drop in at the High Moorland Visitor Centre, where you can grab some maps and learn a thing or two about the area.
If possible, try and drive this route during a weekday as there’ll be less traffic and less tourists. In saying that, the B3212/B231 roads offer plenty of straights, making it easy for you to overtake all those slow bastards getting in your way.
Princetown to Tavistock (8 miles / 15 minutes)
Leaving Princetown, take the A386 towards Tavistock. Another awesome stretch of road, offering fabulous views and plenty more photo ops. Pull in at the Port Hill car park and soak up the incredible views of Tavistock beneath you. On a clear day you’ll even see Plymouth Sound, right out there in the distance.
Tavistock is an award-winning market town, with a wide range of cool shops, boutiques and the highly recommended Pannier Market. On a warm day, check out the lush Meadow parkland along the river band – perfect if you’re travelling with a loved one and want to get all romantic and shit.
Dartmoor is full of life, with a variety of different landscapes, wildlife and terrains. The mossy bogs provide good nesting grounds for dunlins, slam wading birds and golden plovers. Upland heaths offer a great natural habitat for skylarks, red grouse, lizards and adders. Foxes, roe deer, ponies and a variety of birds and butterflies can also be spotted in the area. Keep your eyes peeled!
Tavistock to Lydford (8 miles / 15 minutes)
Keeping straight on the A386 from Tavistock, (signposted Okenhampton) and take in the beautiful views heading north towards Lydford. Approximately 7 miles from Tavistock, take a left turn signposted Lydford. Lydford is a small village in comparison to the others you would have experienced on your way through Dartmoor National Park.
The main attraction in the area would be Lydford Gorge, a property of the National Trust. A lush, oak-wooded, steep sided gorge, Lydford Gorge offers spectacular views and stunning scenery. Take a walk around the 30 metre waterfall, enjoy the views of the River Lyd and enjoy a glass of whiskey on the rocks. Lol.
Dominated by the cool, wet, wide-open spaces of the high moors, a visit to Dartmoor is truly spectacular. An easy drive from our Wicked Campers depot in London, I’d definitely recommend the trip South West – a true experience of British countryside.
Lydford to Okehampton (20 miles / 30 minutes)
Time to wrap up your Wicked roadtrip through beautiful Devon and its surrounding areas. Following the A386 towards Okehampton, you’ll pass through quaint little towns such as Southerly, Sourton, Sourton Down and Meldon. Each one worth a visit for a cheeky pint, just don’t get too wasted.
Arrive in Okehampton and check out the infamous Okehampton Castle. Discover the remains of the largest castle in Devon, set in beautiful surroundings above the rushing River Okement. Converted in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenary, the Earl of Devon, the site once began life as a motte and bailey castle, soon after the Norman Conquest.
Nearby is a riverside picnic area with many beautiful woodland walks nearby. A great place for bird lovers with regular visiting species. Visit during spring/early summer and you can enjoy all sorts of seasonal wild flowers surrounding the meadow, woodland and motte.
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