"Even When Devon's Not Being Her Usual Green Self.." Top 5 Page for this destination Dartmoor National Park by johngayton
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The 368 square miles of Dartmoor National Park occupies the heartland of South Devon and the word "heartland" is more than apt - It's even shaped like a heart!!
Yet whilst perhaps the term "National Park" may imply an impression of homogenity, an idea of sameness throughout its vast acreage, nothing could be further from the reality. The Moor (and for its locals Dartmoor is THE Moor!) defies easy description: being simultaneously; lush, green and fertile, and then a mere mile up the path, barren, grey and hostile - and we are not talking about changing seasons here, just walking 1,760 yards on the same afternoon!!
Walking The Moor is the way to truly experience it and whilst much of the land is privately owned very little is fenced-in - even the sheep, cattle and ponies of The Moor are generally allowed free range with their only constraints being the strategically placed roadway grids to stop them getting off The Moor and the hedgerows to stop them getting at their winter feed in the fields before winter arrives!!!
The Moor is very much a tourist destination, especially during the summer months with day-trippers abounding by the coach load. But wherever you are, even on the busiest summer day, you need never walk far to escape the madding crowds!!
- Pros:Mostly Unspoilt and Accessible Wilderness
- Cons:The "Beaten Paths" can be a tad overbeaten at times!
- In a nutshell:Get off the "Beaten Path" and enjoy (Summer or Winter!)
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