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Dartmoor is, of course, world famous as a walking
destination - and it deserves to be. The area became a national
park in 1951 and consists of 368 square miles (954 sq km).
You could almost say it was designed for hiking - vast moorlands
dotted with high granite tors offer almost boundless opportunities
to walk more or less where you will (particularly since the government
passed its recent "right to roam" act). All you have to
watch out for are the infamous bogs and the weather. Do not enter
the former, and do not wander off into the moors if the latter looks
set to turn bad. The longer, higher Dartmoor walks, are for serious
hikers only - you really should have the right gear and be carrying
a compass - but there are plenty of other opportunities to enjoy
strolling around in the national park without having to do military
style "yomps" across the barren moors.
Dartmoor's western slopes descend into the great river vale of
the Tamar. The Bere Peninsula, the River Tavy, isolated villages
like Lydford with its famous gorge - not to mention the region's
most striking place of worship perched upon the crags of Brentor
- the Tamar Marches offer one of the region's most undiscovered
Click here to see a list of links to the walks.