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Tours > England's West Country > Dartmoor

Dartmoor - Devon

View towards Sharpitor & Leather Tor down the valley of the river Meavy. Wikipedia photo

Lovers of Sherlock Holmes' mystery "The Hound of the Baskervilles" will surely want to visit Dartmoor, southern England's great expanse of uninhabited moorlands, some 365 square miles of wilderness. Mostly home to its wild ponies, flocks of sheep and solitary birds, the moor contains a National Park, whose headquarters is at Princetown. Transmoor buses operate between 'Exeter and Plymouth. There are also many guided hikes and walking tours available from many of the villages that circle the park. Many of the somber, grey houses of Princetown were built by French and American prisoners incarcerated during the Napoleonic Wars at the notorious Dartmoor Prison, standing stark on the high moors.

Near Widecombe in the Moor, which still has an annual fair, the bronze-age village of Grimspound contains the most complete example of the moor's many prehistoric settlements with 24 circular huts dating from the period three thousand years ago when the area was heavily forested. Nearby Hound Tor may have been the inspiration for the ghostly tale of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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