Visit Dartmoor, the official tourism organisation for Dartmoor National Park, has teamed with attractions to develop new itineraries for group travel organisers.
The tours aim to showcase the most group-friendly hotels and highlight some of the best attractions and activities.
Focusing on different themes and areas of the moor, each itinerary could be used as a taster for Dartmoor on a wider tour of the South West, or could be combined as part of a longer visit to the National Park.
The new itineraries include ‘Active Breaks’, with tailored guided cycling and walking tours; ‘National Trust’, featuring Finch Foundry, the last water-powered forge in England and Lydford Gorge with its famous White Lady Waterfall; ‘Castle & Garden’, with Castle Drogo and Stone Lane Gardens; ‘History & Heritage’, taking in the ancient stannary town of Tavistock and 700-year-old Buckland Abbey as well as the historic St Michael and All Angels church; and ‘Arts & Crafts’, which visits the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass.
Jo Butler, Visit Dartmoor director said: “Dartmoor is known for its stunning wilderness but visitors don’t always appreciate how much there is to do or know where to start. The concept behind the new itineraries was simply making Dartmoor easier to explore.
“This is the first year we have done anything targeting the UK group travel trade and group organisers. The itineraries have been really well received, both by Visit Dartmoor members and buyers at the recent South West Group Travel Fair.
“We will be developing a Dartmoor Folklore itinerary later in the year and will also be launching a new Group Travel section on the website. This will give more itinerary ideas, info on coach parking as well as venues that welcome groups.”
Richard Drysdale, visitor services manager for Dartmoor National Park Authority, said: “Dartmoor is too often visited and seen from afar rather than explored. These new itineraries allow groups to get to the heart of Dartmoor and understand what makes it such a fantastic place to visit and why it is a National Park – a jewel in the crown for the South West.
“We are delighted that Visit Dartmoor have developed these itineraries and look forward to working with them further on welcoming groups to Dartmoor.”
Pictured: Sunset behind a hawthorn tree and Saddle Tor on Dartmoor. VisitEngland/Alex Hare.