Explore the magnificent, dramatic and unique landscape of Dartmoor

Walking

Duchy House is the perfect base from which to explore Dartmoor, you can walk in almost any direction and be on open moorland in less than five minutes. After a good night’s sleep and a home cooked breakfast, you’ll be ready to venture out and discover the delights of this unique landscape. A multitude of walks start and finish at Princetown, ranging from level gravel paths to undulating moorland taking in tors, valleys and rivers. We can even provide you with a homemade packed lunch to enjoy on your day out, or let you know where the best pubs are.

For those looking to take on something a little more demanding, there is the Dartmoor Way – a 108-mile circular route, passing through Princetown on the High Moor Link section.

Should you wish to travel further afield, the moor is dotted with car parks and lay-bys from which to start walking from. Dartmoor is truly diverse, and you’ll soon find yourself amongst Neolithic tombs, Bronze Age stone circles, standing stones and abandoned medieval villages.

If you’d like us to, we can help you plan your walks depending on length or terrain, as can the Princetown Visitor Centre.

Should your boots and clothes get wet or muddy, we have a drying room ensuring that they will be ready for another days fantastic walking the following morning.

With 368 square miles of unspoilt and varied terrain, Dartmoor National Park makes for some of the best walking in the UK.

Kayaking & Canoeing

Whitewater kayaking and canoeing on Dartmoor are exhilarating experiences that will test your skills and push your limits on two awesome rivers; The Tavy and what is arguably England’s best whitewater river, the Dart. Duchy House is perfectly situated – near to multiple access and egress points on both rivers – ensuring a convenient base for your next adventure.

The River Dart, flowing through the heart of Dartmoor, offers an awesome experience with its fast-flowing rapids and challenging sections; this river is a playground for those seeking an adrenaline rush. As you navigate downstream, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery, including ancient woodlands and granite tors. The three main points of access, including the legendary grade 3  ‘Loop’ – England’s most iconic stretch of white water –  from Newbridge to Holne Bridge, are a short drive from Duchy House.

For a slightly less intense but equally thrilling experience, the River Tavy is a fantastic choice. This picturesque river winds its way off the moor, with technical grade 4 rapids higher upstream through to grade 2-3 sections before reaching Tavistock (15 minutes from Duchy House), with easy parking and egress points.

The Dart and Tavy promise unforgettable, adrenaline-pumping experiences that will test your skills and leave you with a big smile on your face. So grab your gear and get ready for an unforgettable whitewater adventure on Dartmoor!

 

Rock Climbing & Bouldering

With over 160 Tors and granite outcrops, the rugged landscape of Dartmoor is a haven for rock climbing and bouldering, with an array of routes and challenges for climbers of all levels.  Being central on the moor, Duchy House is ideally located with a multitude of choices just a short drive away.

 One of the best climbing places for Rock climbing is The Dewerstone, an awesome low to middle grade venue which is climbable all year round. Set in ancient woodland the area consists of a number of contrasting crags which vary from multi-pitch classics to single pitch micro routes and everything in between. Another popular spot is Haytor – the highest on the moor rising over 250 ft – offering various climbing routes suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers. The ultimate route here and one of the best at the grade in the country is the stunning Interrogation. It’s not easy with a stunning, technical 50m pitch culminating in an exposed mantelshelf just when you’re beginning to feel the pain! you’ll be rewarded with incredible breathtaking views (you can see the coast at Teignmouth) and a sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit. And then there is Hound Tor, with the sensational but stunted Suspension Flake, which was once voted the best VS in the country. The tor is home to over 100 superlative routes and problems from easy to downright impossible. It’s set in a beautiful location, sitting high above a wooded valley and overlooking the ruins of a mediaeval village. In addition, these sites also offer the opportunity for some amazing abseiling experiences.

For those who prefer a more dynamic and ground-level experience, bouldering on Dartmoor is second to none. At every turn there is an abundance of granite outcrops and low level tors. Bonehill Rocks (aka the Stanage Plantation of the South West) near Widecombe-in-the-Moor, is an awesome destination known for its diverse routes and technicality with over 150 problems. There are over 20 crags and bouldering venues within this small area with most of them deserted and less than a 15 minute walk from easy parking.

 

 

Horse Riding

With its breathtaking beauty and rugged landscapes, Dartmoor offers a unique riding experience, providing the perfect setting for riders to immerse themselves in nature and history while enjoying the thrill of the open moor.

Its vast expanses of open moorland, rolling hills, ancient woodlands, and picturesque rivers create a stunning backdrop for riders to explore and the diverse terrain offers a wide variety of trails accessible to riders of all levels, from beginners to seasoned equestrians.

You can ride out on the open moor, hack along woodland trails and scenic bridleways, meander through the network of quiet lanes or follow in the hoofprints of Dartmoor’s forefathers along historic byways linking picturesque towns and villages.  The absence of fences and hedges – especially on the high moor –  allows for long uninterrupted rides and a real sense of freedom. Many pubs on Dartmoor welcome horse riders, providing tie rails or paddocks, water for your horses and convenient picnic tables from which you can keep a watchful eye whilst you enjoy a break from the saddle.

Dartmoor has a long-standing tradition of horse riding which is deeply rooted in its cultural heritage and riding across the historic landscape allows you to follow in the footsteps of generations past. When exploring Dartmoor on horseback you really do gain a deeper appreciation for the region’s history and the enduring bond between humans and horses.

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Rock Climbing & Bouldering

With over 160 Tors and granite outcrops, the rugged landscape of Dartmoor is a haven for rock climbing and bouldering, with an array of routes and challenges for climbers of all levels.  Being central on the moor, Duchy House is ideally located with a multitude of choices just a short drive away.

 One of the best climbing places for Rock climbing is The Dewerstone, an awesome low to middle grade venue which is climbable all year round. Set in ancient woodland the area consists of a number of contrasting crags which vary from multi-pitch classics to single pitch micro routes and everything in between. Another popular spot is Haytor – the highest on the moor rising over 250 ft – offering various climbing routes suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers. The ultimate route here and one of the best at the grade in the country is the stunning Interrogation. It’s not easy with a stunning, technical 50m pitch culminating in an exposed mantelshelf just when you’re beginning to feel the pain! you’ll be rewarded with incredible breathtaking views (you can see the coast at Teignmouth) and a sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit. And then there is Hound Tor, with the sensational but stunted Suspension Flake, which was once voted the best VS in the country. The tor is home to over 100 superlative routes and problems from easy to downright impossible. It’s set in a beautiful location, sitting high above a wooded valley and overlooking the ruins of a mediaeval village. In addition, these sites also offer the opportunity for some amazing abseiling experiences.

For those who prefer a more dynamic and ground-level experience, bouldering on Dartmoor is second to none. At every turn there is an abundance of granite outcrops and low level tors. Bonehill Rocks (aka the Stanage Plantation of the South West) near Widecombe-in-the-Moor, is an awesome destination known for its diverse routes and technicality with over 150 problems. There are over 20 crags and bouldering venues within this small area with most of them deserted and less than a 15 minute walk from easy parking.

The rest of this page is currently under construction, please check back soon.

 

 

Duchy House is the perfect base from which to explore Dartmoor, you can walk in almost any direction and be on open moorland in less than five minutes. After a good night’s sleep and a home cooked breakfast, you’ll be ready to venture out and discover the delights of this unique landscape. A multitude of walks start and finish at Princetown, ranging from level gravel paths to undulating moorland taking in tors, valleys and rivers. We can even provide you with a homemade packed lunch to enjoy on your day out, or let you know where the best pubs are.

For those looking to take on something a little more demanding, there is the Dartmoor Way – a 108-mile circular route, passing through Princetown on the High Moor Link section.

Should you wish to travel further afield, the moor is dotted with car parks and lay-bys from which to start walking from. Dartmoor is truly diverse, and you’ll soon find yourself amongst Neolithic tombs, Bronze Age stone circles, standing stones and abandoned medieval villages.

If you’d like us to, we can help you plan your walks depending on length or terrain, as can the Princetown Visitor Centre.

Should your boots and clothes get wet or muddy, we have a drying room ensuring that they will be ready for another days fantastic walking the following morning.

With 368 square miles of unspoilt and varied terrain, Dartmoor National Park makes for some of the best walking in the UK.