Top 10 Dartmoor Activities for an Unforgettable Father's Day

Looking to treat Dad to a special Father's Day he'll never forget? Dartmoor National Park offers a smorgasbord of exciting activities, stunning scenery, and fresh country air – the perfect recipe for a memorable day together. Whether your Dad's a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or simply enjoys a good pub lunch, we've got you covered. Here are our top ten picks for an unforgettable Father's Day near Bearslake Inn, one of Dartmoor's best country pub restaurant:

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1. Hike to Sourton Tor:

Just a stone's throw from Bearslake Inn, Sourton Tor is a must-do for any Dartmoor visit. This iconic granite tor, a rocky outcrop shaped by millions of years of erosion, offers breathtaking panoramic views that stretch for miles across the rugged Dartmoor landscape. Take in the beauty of the surrounding national park, spot sheep grazing on the open hillsides, and look out for Dartmoor's other iconic tors like Great Links Tor and Yes Tor. Afterwards, head back to the Bearslake Inn for a well-deserved post-hike pint of their locally brewed Dartmoor Brewery Legend and a delicious meal featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

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2. Explore Lydford Gorge:

Take a step back in time at Lydford Gorge, a dramatic ravine with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Explore the White Lady Waterfall, a cascading waterfall surrounded by ancient woodland, and discover the spooky ruins of Lydford Castle, an intimidating medieval fortress that once housed a notorious prison. Learn about the area's fascinating mining heritage at the nearby museum, which houses a collection of mining tools and machinery.

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3. Granite Way Cycle Path:

For the dads who love two wheels, the Granite Way is a fantastic traffic-free route that runs right behind Bearslake Inn. Offering gentle inclines and spectacular scenery, this mostly flat, off-road path is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Cycle through tranquil forests, picturesque valleys, and charming villages, stopping off at historical landmarks or enjoying a refreshing drink at a pub along the way.

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4. Dartmoor Brewery Tour:

Quench your dad's thirst for knowledge (and beer!) with a tour of the Dartmoor Brewery, located a short drive from Bearslake Inn. Sample delicious local ales brewed with Dartmoor's own spring water, learn about the fascinating brewing process from the knowledgeable staff, and pick up a gift pack of their finest beers for Dad to enjoy at home. Many breweries offer tours and tastings, so be sure to check their websites for booking information.

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5. Buckfast Abbey:

Steeped in history and tranquility, Buckfast Abbey offers a peaceful escape for Father's Day. Explore the magnificent Gothic architecture of the abbey church, including its impressive stained glass windows and ornate stonework. Wander the peaceful gardens, a haven for wildlife and reflection, and learn about the intriguing monastic life at the on-site visitor center.

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6. Miniature Golf at Okehampton:

Challenge Dad to a friendly game of mini golf at the fun-filled family course in Okehampton, a short drive from Bearslake Inn. Enjoy some light-hearted competition on the wacky courses featuring windmills, pirate ships, and other quirky obstacles. Whether your dad's a golfing pro or a complete beginner, this activity is a great way to create lasting memories together and share some laughs.

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7. Horse Riding Adventure:

Experience Dartmoor's beauty from a different perspective with a guided horseback riding tour. Several riding stables are located near Bearslake Inn, catering to all experience levels. Embark on a gentle trek through the open moorland, trot alongside scenic streams, or enjoy a thrilling gallop across the hills – there's an option for every Dad. Horse riding is a fantastic way to bond with nature and appreciate the wild beauty of Dartmoor National Park.

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8. Visit a Local Market:

Immerse yourselves in the local atmosphere at Tavistock's or Okehampton's bustling markets, held every Friday and Saturday]. Pick up fresh produce from local farms, browse unique crafts and gifts made by talented artisans, and maybe even find Dad a special Father's Day present he'll treasure. The vibrant markets offer a chance to sample local delicacies, chat with friendly stall holders, and experience the true essence of Dartmoor life.

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9. Go Rock Pooling:

If you're visiting Dartmoor during low tide, head to the nearby coast for a spot of rock pooling. Explore the tidal pools left behind by the receding tide, discovering fascinating sea creatures like crabs, starfish, and sea anemones. It's a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with nature and ignite a sense of wonder in both dads and children. Remember to wear sturdy shoes for exploring the rocky shoreline, and be sure to return all rocks and sea creatures back to their home in the pools when you're finished.

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10. Relax and Refuel at Bearslake Inn:

After a day of adventure exploring Dartmoor's wild beauty, return to the warm and inviting atmosphere of Bearslake Inn. Relax by the crackling fireplace in our cozy pub, unwind in our beautiful beer garden overlooking Sourton Tor, or simply sink into a comfortable armchair and enjoy a pint of local ale. Our friendly staff will ensure you have everything you need to unwind and reflect on the day's activities.

When it comes to refueling, our award-winning restaurant offers a delicious menu featuring hearty pub classics and seasonal specialties. Made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, our dishes are sure to tantalise Dad's taste buds. Whether you fancy a succulent steak, a comforting pie, or a plate of fresh fish and chips, we have something to satisfy every appetite.

No matter what you choose to do, spending quality time with Dad in the beautiful surroundings of Dartmoor National Park is sure to create lasting memories. After a fun-filled day exploring the moors, indulging in delicious local food, or simply relaxing by the fire at Bearslake Inn, Dad will be sure to feel appreciated and loved.

Book your Father's Day staycation at Bearslake Inn today and make it a Father's Day he'll never forget!