North Dartmoor tends to be more rugged and wild than some other areas, which makes it a wonderful habitat for much of the flora and fauna found less commonly elsewhere.
A fair part of the north moor can be rather boggy and requires perhaps a little more care than some of the more southern regions — but the rewards can be some of the most stunning scenery!
The northern part of the moor is easy for those travelling into the region via the A30 dual carriageway, with the road passing directly by Okehampton, conveniently placed for exploring the northern reaches of the moor.
Okehampton is a fantastic choice for those wanting to get out and about, with the West Devon Way and Two Castles Trail perfect for walkers and the Granite Way ideal for a sedate bike ride. Its ruined castle sits in a picturesque setting on a wooded hill above the rushing West Okement River, just on the edge of the town.
Chagford has plenty of historic buildings, independent shops and great places to eat. It’s also a local hub for arts, with a renowned art group and festivals for film and literature. It’s also only a short distance from the stunning Fernworthy Reservoir, with its well marked walks and easy parking.
A town famed for its busy Tuesday market, Hatherleigh is a town that has prospered for generations thanks to its links to agriculture and the woollen trade. Hatherleigh Carnival in November sees flaming barrels dragged down the steep high street on a sled, while the Hatherleigh Arts Festival each July sees musical performances, arts, crafts and more.
Although most of north Dartmoor is common land and open for access, there are several military ranges, so it is important to check for firing dates and time before setting out on a walk.