Surrounded by high moorland, Princetown is a popular Dartmoor walking and outdoor activity holiday base in the heart of the National Park. The area also contains some stunning Grade Listed B&Bs and historic country house hotels serving as the perfect relaxing retreat surrounded by spectacular moorland scenery. Challenging hillwalking and gentle walks branch out from the High Moorland Visitor Centre in Princetown passing Hart Tor, Black Tor Waterfall, Ingra Tor Quarry and Bronze Age settlements. Follow the old railway line running for five miles from Princetown to King’s Tor, an impressive rock outcrop on Dartmoor.
The High Moorland link walking and cycling trail runs for 26 miles through the the centre of Dartmoor via Princetown, linking up with the circular Dartmoor Way running around the outskirts of the National Park. In the village centre there are charming craft centres like Princetown Smithy and a selection of great independent cafes and historic inns like the friendly Plume of Feathers serving fine food and locally brewed ales from Dartmoor Brewery based in Princetown. A little brewery shop is onsite where you can purchase Dartmoor’s finest including Jail Ale and Legend Ale.
Princetown is home to one of The National Park Visitor Centres where you can pick up a wealth of Dartmoor maps, guides and information on local activities and attractions. Entrance to the visitor centre is free and an exhibition area is inside. The fascinating Dartmoor Prison Museum in Princetown attracts thousands of visitors annually and features exhibits offering an in-depth insight into 200 years of prison life. Breathtaking moorland walks to the north and the south are easily accessed – Princetown’s central National Park location makes it a great gateway base ideal for accessing all the Park’s attractions, and the most spectacular Tors and walks in the north and south. Bustling market town Tavistock is also within easy reach just to the west.
Where to Stay
A choice of quality, affordable bed and breakfast accommodation and bunkhouse accommodation is available at Princetown. Budget bunkhouses also feature outdoor activity centres, cafes or inns serving food onsite. You will also find some fantastic country hotels located around the village with classic historic rooms brimming with character, including some stunning four poster bedrooms perfect for Dartmoor romantic escapes or as a unique, intimate wedding venue.
Discover charming Grade Listed B&Bs around Princetown with double rooms featuring period furnishings and Devon High Teas like you’ve never tasted before. B&Bs and self-catering cottage owners in the area go that extra mile to please. Some are happy to organise direct delivery of bikes from local cycle hire outlets, to be returned at the end of your stay. Whether you’re looking to get active, or searching for that perfect ‘heart of Dartmoor’, relaxing location, Princetown is the perfect base surrounded by outstanding fishing, walking and climbing opportunities and with a variety of accommodation options to suit all tastes. No need to leave four legged friends behind too – many cottages, B&Bs and bunkhouses in the area welcome dogs.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.