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There’s nothing like first-hand experience to recommend a place or an event. Being fortunate enough to live within the Dartmoor National Park ourselves, we have built up a wealth of knowledge of where to find the best, the most original or the most fun and share that knowledge on our website to help you have a great time when you visit.

Wherever we go we are always thinking “Ah, that would make a good place to recommend,” or “I’m sure people would love to visit this event!” and we like to pass on news and developments as well as recommendations through our regular blogs.

If you discover somewhere or something you think is really great and should be shared – why not drop us a line at … and we’ll go and take a look.

  • By Rick O'Shay
    Fri Mar 2018
    A pub can be a magical place. In his 1968 book, ‘Journey Through Britain,’ John Hillaby said, “Few things are more pleasant than a village graced with a good church, a good priest and a good pub” and I think he got it just about right. Buckland Monachorum is a charming unspoilt village within the Dartmoor National Park surrounded by glorious countryside. Towering over the village is the beautiful...
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  • By Rick O'Shay
    Wed Feb 2018
    Rick our Dartmoor Real Ale Trail Beer Blogger fought a stormy Dartmoor night to undertake his next mission and found shelter at The Tradesman Arms at Scorriton.
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  • By Julian
    Thu Jan 2018
    Well here I am again on the “Moor the Merrier” beer blogging trail and what could be nicer than a pleasant journey out to the Two Bridges Hotel near Princetown.  It’s situated in a beautiful setting with some of the most stunning landscape of Dartmoor, and around one mile away from the rather eerie Wistman’s Wood.
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  • By Rick O'Shay
    Sat Jan 2018
    The Rugglestone Inn is firmly on the tourist map, nestling as it does, close to Widecombe on the Moor. The town is famed for its Fair …..and folk song, ‘Widecombe Fair’ which contains the chorus, ‘Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all…..’ which is often sung in the pub, apparently. The Rugglestone Inn is surrounded by the Dartmoor National Park and with its 368 square miles area of moorland; it acts as a...
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  • By Rick O'Shay
    Sun Dec 2017
    Now that the winter is well and truly upon us, there’s nowhere better to take refuge than in one of Dartmoor’s many cosy pubs whose charm and setting have remained constant for hundreds of years. In the centre of Meavy village lies The Royal Oak Inn, a lovely traditional village pub which serves local food and a warm welcome.    
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  • By Rick O'Shay
    Mon Dec 2017
    In countries where Christmas is celebrated, the population probably divides fairly neatly into those who love Christmas and revel in every aspect of the festive season, and those who actively dislike it. I suspect there aren’t many who can take it or leave it.  For some, the festive season cannot start until they catch the mood, like plugging in to the energy. It might be the smell of wood smoke...
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  • By Lisa
    Thu Dec 2017
    When it comes to artistic talent, Dartmoor has an excess! Peace and quiet and beautiful surroundings seem to act as a magnet to creative people and we think you will have no problem sourcing ALL your Christmas presents from this lovely area.
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  • By Lisa
    Wed Dec 2017
    When you visit a place like Dartmoor, you’re probably looking to “get away from it all.” It’s a sprawling, beautiful area built for relaxation. And though we have addressed the idea of finding WiFi in the area, there’s still some appeal to unplugging and keeping yourself busy in other ways.
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  • By Lisa
    Wed Nov 2017
    Dartmoor is a fabulous place to enjoy Christmas! Choc full of lovely old buildings with low beams and log fires, great places to eat and the most wonderful winter wonderland for walks – what more could you want? To be honest, we are spoilt for choice, but here are some suggestions of where to go for a truly traditional Christmas.
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  • By Rick O'Shay
    Wed Nov 2017
    Our two Real Ale bloggers, Rick and Julian thought their Christmas had come early when the MD of Dartmoor Brewery, Richard Smith kindly invited them to a private exclusive tour of the Brewery with Head Brewer, Ian Cobham. Read about the adventure here
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  • By Lisa
    Fri Nov 2017
    In 2017, holidaymakers now expect WiFi availability as standard. No matter where they are staying fast broadband is a ‘must have’ for guests who want to share holiday snaps over social media, search for local activities and stream movies on those cosy nights in. While this may not sound too much of an issue… it can be in very rural areas such as Dartmoor.
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  • By Julian
    Thu Oct 2017
    Lisa and I had the pleasure recently of enjoying an evening meal at The Bedford Hotel, in the heart of Tavistock which was absolutely lovely by the way, although Lisa has already told you all about that, what I am going to tell you about is the Ale!
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  • By Rick O'Shay
    Thu Oct 2017
    Well I know this is already a little dated but this is the first beer blog in our Moor the Merrier series of blogs and it was written on the evening when the Dartmoor Real Ale Trail was conceived, so hence why it has not been published yet, we were keeping it under wraps!  I now proudly pass you over to Mr Rick O’Shay for him to regal his findings on our first beer blog ….
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  • By Lisa
    Tue Oct 2017
    Dartmoor is magical in the Autumn. With the bracken turning vivid orange and mist hanging in the valleys it’s a visual delight. It can also be a little spooky as Hallowe'en approaches with the moor’s traditional tales of ghosts and pixies and wizened woods – you could scare yourself silly!
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  • By Lisa
    Tue Oct 2017
    Often you will find hotel restaurant menus either bland, limited or a bit repetitive, but this is definitely not the case with the Brasserie menu in the historic Woburn Restaurant at The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock.
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  • By Lisa
    Mon Oct 2017
    So as part of our Dartmoor Real Ale Trail Map – The Real Ale drinker’s guide to Dartmoor -  we are introducing a dedicated blog to share our experiences, thoughts and ramblings about finding the best pint on Dartmoor! 
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  • By Lisa
    Mon Oct 2017
    The first ever Dartmoor Walking Festival in 2016 was a great success and the very positive feedback really supported the idea of it becoming an annual event which is absolutely fabulous. Therefore Moorland Guides again ran it in 2017 during the same week and once again the public voted with their feet – literally – and it seems that the festival is here to stay! The 2018 event will be held from ...
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  • By Lisa
    Mon Oct 2017
    Dartmoor Accommodation is excited to launch its ‘Dartmoor Real Ale Trail’ featuring over 35 pubs on and around the moor. The brainchild of owners, Lisa Jenkins and Julian Tarrant-Boyce, the Dartmoor Real Ale Trail lists the pubs, their ales and amenities and also features a fun and informative map of the area. “You could say Julian and I have done ‘extensive’ research into the local hostelries in...
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  • By Lisa
    Mon Sep 2017
    These days, guests expect to have easy and fast internet access throughout their stay, in fact one in three British tourists now regard wifi access as a holiday essential.  Recently here at Dartmoor Accommodation HQ we had the need to upload some very big files and our internet was just not up to the job.  We went on the search to find the fastest wi-fi in Tavistock and The Bedford Hotel got us...
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  • By Lisa
    Fri Sep 2017
    Founded in Saxon times, destroyed by Danish raiders, home to one of the most powerful Benedictine abbeys in the south west, birthplace of Sir Francis Drake and for nearly four centuries controlled by the Russells and Dukes of Bedford. Tavistock has a rich and varied history.
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