Explore the Area

The Old National School is definitely a rural property with its moorland location, yet it is only an easy 10 minute drive to the market town of Tavistock, with its many independent shops, market and pubs/restaurants.


Dartmoor covers just over 86,000 acres and has had national park status since 1951. It is characterised by tors, granite strewn slopes, open moorland, bog and mires. There is much evidence of Bronze Age settlements with stone rows, circles and standing stones. With its unique environment, the moor is home to grazing livestock but also provides a unique habitat to rare butterflies and birds such as Snipe, cuckoos, stonechat, you may even be lucky enough to see fairy shrimp (true!) or the world’s biggest land slugs!!! Dartmoor is also heaven for moss and lichens. Where ever you are on Dartmoor, you will be astounded by the beauty of this ancient, rugged land.

Some things to see, visit, enjoy...

Walk from the door to Pew Tor, Cox Tor, Crip Tor and many more! the Dartmoor Inn at Merrivale, recently refurbished organic pub, can be walked to in about 40 minutes via the imposing Vixen Tor, or the Peter Tavy Inn is a slightly more strenuous 90 minutes across the moor via Cox Tor.

Drake’s Trail, the Granite Trail or the Tamar Trails…

Wild Swim
at Crazy Well Pool close to, but not to be confused with (!), beautiful Burrator reservoir.

across the moor from Cholwell Farm & Riding stables

Drive to...

the famous and ancient Wistman’s Wood or the working village, mine and craft centre at Morwelham Quay, Ditsworthy Warren House (the filming location for Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’).

National Trust properties…Cotehele House & Quay, Buckland Abbey, Lydford Gorge, Saltram House

the delights of the Garden House, one of the finest gardens in Britain, or explore the gruesome history to be found at Dartmoor Prison museum. 

If you need your day trip to the coast, then walking the coast path from Nos Mayo, playing on the simply huge beach at Bigbury on Sea or playing in the rock pools at Wembury won’t dissapoint!.

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