Take a bus from the University to towns such as Tavistock, Princetown, and Buckfast. Using these as bases, walk directly onto the moors or connect to routes to smaller villages.
Dartmoor offers walking routes of different lengths for all abilities, from accessible stile-free paths to multi-day hikes and scrambles. The Dartmoor National Park Authority is a good place to start for recommendations.
Using an ordanance survey (OS) app or website to plan your route from home can be a good idea, but if you plan to walk beyond Dartmoor's towns and villages, a paper OS map and compass are recommended, as phone service can be unreliable in remote areas. New and used maps of Dartmoor can be bought cheaply online and from bookshops in Plymouth.
Hiking boots and waterproof clothing are essential. The weather on the moors can change quickly, so bring layers of clothing that can be worn or removed accordingly. Carry plenty of water and keep a phone will full battery with you in the unlikely case of an emergency. Learning how to apply first aid (such us from the UPSU First Aid society) and bringing a kit is always a good idea.
Use the interactive map to see where you can freely camp without asking for the landowner's permission. Choose an area suitable for camping and avoid danger areas such as floodplains and firing ranges.
Wild camping on Dartmoor is free and legal providing you follow certain rules, such as only staying for one or two nights and leaving no trace on the land.
Plymouth has several cycle shops with plenty of different types of bike to choose from.
Climbing and bouldering
There are many excellent climbing spots on Dartmoor. View the interactive map by the British Mountaineering Council to find one suited to your level.
Try an authentic Devon cream tea, enjoy a hearty roast dinner in a medieval inn, or treat yourself to a fine dining experience in an award winning restaurant.
Wildlife and animals
Visitors to Dartmoor are always likely to see a range of local animals, including rare birds and otters. Famously, semiwild ponies roam the moors freely.
One way to enjoy the moors while gaining skills and experience (and enhancing your CV) is to volunteer on a moorland conservation project.
Stables on Dartmoor cater to all levels of rider and offer tuition and guides for beginners.
I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.
Legendary film director, writer, and producer
Dartmoor can provide a feeling of remoteness without you having to travel for miles into the depths of Wales or the Scottish Highlands. Although often described as ‘bleak’, it has many changing colours and hardy fauna and flora that flourish there.
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate
For me, Dartmoor is special because of its beauty and the fact that it appears virtually untouched by buildings and people. There is a strong connection to history and it’s a nice space to get away from people.
BA (Hons) Photography graduate