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Dartmoor's location in the UK

Travel Information

Dartmoor is located in Devon in the south west of England and is within easy reach of the M5 motorway and is bordered by the A30 and A38 dual-carriageways.

There are good mainline train connections to Exeter, Newton Abbot and Plymouth and there is an international airport at Exeter and ferry terminal at Plymouth.

Approximate journey times to Dartmoor from Exeter or Plymouth is 30 minutes.

Travelling by car
Please do not exceed the 40mph speed limit as this has been set up to protect the cattle, sheep and ponies who freely roam the moor and can wander onto the roads at any time.

Travelling by coach or motorhome 

Some of the roads around Dartmoor are quite narrow and have width and length restrictions, making them unsuitable for large vehicles such as coaches, motorhomes or vehicles towing. To help you plan your route, please refer to the Coach Driver and Motorhome guide for Dartmoor mapPlease do NOT rely on satellite navigation to plan your route
The Coach Driver and Motorhome Guide is also available in French, German and Dutch.

Travelling by public transport
For information on accessing Dartmoor and using public transport in Devon, including timetable and an interactive bus map, visit Journey Devon (external site; opens in a new window).  Journey planning information can also be found through Travel Line SW (external site; opens in a new window)

These sites include details on the Haytor Hoppa (service 271) which is supported by the National Park, Natural England, National Trust and the Devon Wildlife Trust as well as Devon County Council to offer a round trip service from Newton Abbot train station to the south eastern corner of Dartmoor and in particular Haytor rocks, Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Manaton. See the Haytor Hoppa page for further details and timings.

You will also find details on the summer Sundays Dartmoor Sunday Rover ticket. Enjoy the benefits of unlimited travel across Dartmoor on selected services – find out more on the Journey Devon site.(external site; opens in a new window)

Page last updated: 04 Aug 2015
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