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Explore | Princetown

Princetown, at 1400 feet above sea level, is the highest point on Dartmoor and is known to be one of the wettest places in England. It’s a small village containing a mixture of gift shops and pubs.

It has a large visitor centre and is also home to the infamous Dartmoor Prison. This was originally built to house prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars, the land being provided by the then Prince of Wales. This also explains how Princetown got its name.

Princetown is situated approximately eight miles from Tavistock, alongside the Thomas Tyrwitt. Here you can trek along the old railway track for a pleasant and easygoing stroll. This scenic route, which takes you to Kings Tor, lasts for five miles and ends at the old quarries of Foggintor and Swellator.

These quarries are also often used for climbing and you can gain permission to climb these crags by contacting the landowner (Maristow Estates) on 01752 695945.

Being on Dartmoor, of course, makes the area an ideal location to experience hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. The various trails offer some truly outstanding natural scenery, from heath and moorland to forest trails and rocky tors.

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