Enjoy a panoramic overview of Dartmoor. Steeped in legend and myth, your guide will recount of some of the age-old stories of this vast wilderness before visiting Buckfast Abbey.
Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed
Appropriate clothing and sensible walking shoes.
Dartmouth is the gateway to the Dartmoor National Park, a vast area of sparsely inhabited moor land covering approximately 600 square miles.
Enjoy a panoramic overview of Dartmoor. Steeped in legend and myth, your guide will recount of some of the age-old stories of this vast wilderness. Pass the Victorian prison at Princetown as you head into the heart of Dartmoor. Pause for photographs at scenic points along the way.
On the edge of the moor lies Buckfast Abbey. The original 11th-century Buckfast Abbey fell into ruin after the dissolution of the monasteries. In 1882 four monks returned, and in 1906 they began the monumental task of rebuilding the church themselves. It took them 31 years, a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that only one of them had previous building experience. Now only the absence of the patina of age distinguishes this splendid church, a mix of early English and Norman styles, from original fabric. A video presentation and small exhibition explains the monks' achievement and their present-day work. They are famous for their stained glass; fine examples adorn the abbey.
Enjoy time at leisure at Buckfast Abbey before returning to Dartmouth.
Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and sensible walking shoes.
Walking information: Minimal walking around inside the Abbey and the gardens.