DEVON’S BEST GUIDED TOURS
Horse-riding, walking tours, wildlife tours and vineyard tours - here are our favourite guided tours in Dartmoor and South Devon.
DARTMOOR’S BEST TOURS
1. Hound of the Baskervilles Tour
This one-day tour follows in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is based on Dartmoor. Locations include tranquil village graveyards, churches with black magic associations, Bronze Age villages and moorland mires. Visit Unique Devon Tours..
2. Dartmoor Walking Tour
Qualified Moorland Guide and North Bovey resident Debbie Jenkins offers private hikes along old pack-horse tracks to ancient remains, stone circles, tin mines and tors. She’ll give you a history of Dartmoor and point out hard-to-spot wildlife. Call her on 01647 440053, or visit Moorland Guides.
3. Dartmoor Pub Tour
Discover hidden Dartmoor pubs with moorland native Tich Scott, who is an award-winning local dialect speaker. This leisurely tour takes in some of Dartmoor's best pubs, sampling locally brewed ales and ciders as you go. Tich also hosts bespoke tours. Visit Proper Dartmoor Tours for information.
4. Wildlife Tour
Butterfly walks, fungi forays, bird-watching and dusk walks - Dartmoor Nature Tours offer private and group tours for bespoke interests.
5. Dartmoor Scenic Tour
These one-day tours take in Dartmoor's highlights, including Haytor, Hound Tor, Grimspound, Fernworthy Stone Circle, Buckfast Abbey, Buckland-in-the-Moor, Widecombe in the Moor, Princetown and Dartmoor Prison. Tailor-made tours are also available. Visit Dartmoor Scenic Tours.
6. Hot Air Balloon Flight
Charter your own hot air balloon flight over beautiful Dartmoor with local company Aerosauraus. Flights take place at dawn and dusk so you can watching the sun rise or set from 3000ft, with 360-degree uninterrupted views - and a glass of chilled champagne.
7. Electric Bike Tour
If you're put off cycling on Dartmoor by having to navigate country lanes and hills, Dartmoor Electric Bikes offer a range of half-day guided tours.
8. Stargazing Tour
This astronomical adventure, run by local tour guide Dartmoor's Daughter, points out, through specially set up telescopes, the visible constellations on the moor, tstar clusters, nebula and galaxies. Other tours include exploring stone circle and beginners' navigation.
SOUTH DEVON’S BEST TOURS
9. Vineyard Tour
This Vine to Wine tour at Sharpham Vineyard on the banks of the River Dart, guides you through through the vineyard and winery and gives you a taste of their wines and award-winning cheeses along the way.
10. Dartmouth Paddle Steamer
This nostalgic cruise on the UK’s last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer, takes you up the Dart River, past Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles, Britannia Royal Naval College, Noss boat yard, the quaint village of Dittisham and the Greenway Estate, former home of the late Dame Agatha Christie.
11. Sea Kayak Tour
Sea kayak outfit Sea Kayak Devon run trips to otherwise-inaccessible coves and caves along the south coast. You can even fish for your supper as you paddle.
12. River Dart Picnic Boat
Hire your own picnic boat for a cruise up the beautiful River, with a delicious three-course meal or afternoon tea served on board. The Picnic Boat will also take in the estuary, make a village stop and pass by Agatha Christie's house.