The Dartmoor National Park, a popular place to stay in a short term holiday home or holiday cottage is located in South Devon in the south west of England and extends from the centre of the county down towards the south. The A30 hugs the northern boundary or the park, and the A38 likewise borders the southern area of the parks
The National park was created on the 30 October 1951, the forth in a series of designations and the first in the south of the country covering 368 square miles. Dartmoor is sparsely populated, and the terrain consists of upland moorland. over a granite base. Dartmoor is also known for its "Tors" these are Granite outcrops , generally low level made of a harder material and where he sounding land has been eroded leaving the outcrop. The Highest point in Dartmoor is High Willhays south of Okehampton, a Tor 621 metres /2,039 feet above see level and also the highest point in Southern England (south of the Peak District)
There are numerous standing stone monuments across Dartmoor, in various shapes such as stone circles, single prominent standing stone or stone line these generally date back to the prehistoric period. Later ancient features are in the from the Bronze are are in the form of a low lying stone circle, the remains of huts where the hut walls have been used for other purposes e.g. general walling.
Dartmoor is also used by the military as a training ground for new requites and serving soldiers due to its challenging terrain and absence or people and dwellings. When live fire training is in operation, red flags will be raised in the vicinity
Holiday home / holiday cottage locations tend to be on the outer perimeter of the park and along the B3212 road which runs through the centre and just a few deep inside the park. The villages of Postbridge and Princetown, both have Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre's a great source of local information when you are on holiday