There are Independent Hostels in Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park.
Both these National Parks feature moorlands, fantastic walks, great cycling and much more.
Exmoor National Park is also a Dark Skies Reserve.
Dartmoor National Park features mysterious stone circles, granite tors and abandoned medieval villages.
Dartmoor National Park & Exmoor National Park
The west country has two lovely National Parks in the form of Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park. Both are famous for their ponies which roam wild on the moorland areas. Although smaller than other UK national Parks these two still pack a punch and are very much worth a visit.
Dartmoor National Park is wholly in Devon and is famous for its granite tors, bronze age stone circles, and areas of mystery. The mixture of wide open moorlands and deep river valleys results in a variety of habitats and thus rich wildlife making the area a nature watcher’s paradise. The moor is dotted with market towns and medieval villages which contrast with the wilds of the moorland habitat surrounding them. Dartmoor prison is a famous landmark as well as Hay Tor a granite outcrop that offers spectacular views over the National Park and the south Devon Coast.
Exmoor National Park is partially in Devon and mostly in Somerset. It has a stunning coastline on the Bristol Channel. The small towns on Ilfracombe and Minehead sit right on the edge of the National Park and the coast has a number of National Trust properties that are open to the public. Exmoor National Park offers the visitors great cycling and walking within its stunning woodlands, and beautiful moors. Rockpool lovers will be rewarded with stunning rock pools teaming with wildlife after Europe’s highest tides have receded. Exmoor boasts the longest wooded coast in the UK as well as England’s tallest tree and the highest seacliffs on the British Mainland. You can explore Exmoor via the South West Coast Path which starts in Minehead or cross it on the Two Moors Way from Lynton. Exmoor National Park is also a dark skies reserve so perfect for stargazers who want to be guaranteed a properly dark sky.
Independent Hostels has a huge range of hostels, bunkhouses, and camping barns in both Dartmoor and Exmoor so you are sure to find something perfect for you.