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history & culture • 5 days, 4 nights

Southern England: Lore of Dartmoor

England
history & culture • 5 days, 4 nights

Southern England: Lore of Dartmoor

England
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  • Group Size 7 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Communities Up Close
from $3,485 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

Explore the myths and legends of Dartmoor National Park’s vast expanse of windswept landscapes. Stroll medieval villages, sprawling moors, and Bronze Age ruins to uncover the enduring tales they’ve inspired. Scamper among twisted trees and shaggy sheep and explore a medieval water supply. Along the way, hunker down in cozy pubs to chat with friendly locals and special guests to discover what makes this quiet corner of southwest England so unique.

Highlights
  • Hike Wistman’s Wood, an ancient gnarled oak forest
  • Explore Bronze Age stone circles
  • Unwind in small neighborhood pubs with friendly locals
  • Underground exploration of Exeter’s medieval water supply
  • Enjoy an exclusive stay at a country house with beautiful grounds and scenic views

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Trip Leader

Keith Lambeth
Keith is at his happiest in complex and remote terrain. His knowledge of Dartmoor has been described as encyclopedic, but his eclectic interests stretch far further afield. A born experimenter, Keith's wide spectrum of past experiences include time as a monastic, to champion worm-charmer; motorcycle messenger to mountain rescue team leader. A storyteller who delights in the obscure and occasionally the macabre. Keith draws on decades of mountain travel, living history reenactment, and a passion for aural tradition to interpret the landscape. He threads legends, archaeology, and landscape into a narrative that explains the way the land appears and is used to this very day.

Additional Info

Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $175. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable walking 3 to 5 miles over the course of each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be spending a good amount of time outside and in rural areas, walking up and down stairs, in the forest, and on dirt and cobblestone paths.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins in Exeter, England. You should plan to arrive in Exeter by noon on Day 1. There are frequent trains from London Heathrow (LHR) or London city center into Exeter which take approximately 2- 3 hours.  

We'll end in Exeter on Day 5 around 1 or 2 p.m. There are multiple trains departing from Exeter to London in the afternoon. We do recommend spending some additional time in Exeter and the nearby towns, as there's much to see!

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at historic inns
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • An experienced Trip Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Exeter, UK. 
  • Transfers to/from London to Exeter
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements (if applicable)
  • Customary gratuities for the Trip Leader, local guides, and drivers.
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Trip FAQ

Most if not all dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though certain restaurants may have a limited menu. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.

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