Area: 953 sq km
For access alone, few of Britain's National Parks can rival Dartmoor. Despite being used for firing ranges, much of the area's 953 sq km expanse is open for ramblers to wander and explore. This is especially true on Dartmoor's tors – large, free-standing rock outcrops – that offer would-be mountaineers a huge variety of smaller hills on which to practice. In fact, Dartmoor is home to more than 160 hills that have 'tor' in their name – alongside a great many more that do not.
Visitors and local residents participate in many activities including hill walking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and fishing. 'Letterboxing' has also become more popular in recent decades. This is where waterproof containers, or 'letterboxes' are hidden throughout the moor, each containing a visitor's logbook and rubber stamp. Visitors can take an impression of the letterbox's rubber stamp as proof of finding the box and record their visit by stamping the logbook.
The Dartmoor National Park weather page provides a 5 day weather forecast for many places within the Park and the surrounding area, featuring 3 hourly updates on weather conditions for rainfall, temperature, wind speed and wind direction.
Weather Warnings and alerts for Dartmoor National Park are also displayed during periods of severe weather from the 5 day weather forecast available for each location by clicking on a marker on the map. We warn the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption through our National Severe Weather Warning Service. Weather warnings are displayed for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice. For more information please view our weather warnings guide page.