Dartmoor National Park & Sheepdog Excursion
Options for Small or Large Groups
Complimentary Pint of Ale or Cream Tea
This excursion offers visitors the opportunity to explore one of England’s last great wilderness areas: Dartmoor National Park. Combined with the chance to watch a world-class sheep dog handler in action, this tour is an experience like none other.
What This Excursion Has in Store
Learn about places of interest in the historic maritime city of Plymouth.
Experience the magnificent landscape of Dartmoor National Park.
See the famous Dartmoor ponies.
Witness firsthand the world-class sheepdog handling skills of Jed Watson.
Sample a locally brewed ale or delicious Devonshire clotted cream tea.
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Overview of the Excursion
From £21.50 per person (based on 40 passengers). Please enquire for details. Private tours are also available.
From cruise tender location
Midweek from 1 April to 30 October
Please note: We can only accept bookings that are made at least 7 days in advance.
Executive coach: Up to 50 passengers
Private vehicle: 2 to 7 passengers
Guided tour, pint of local ale or afternoon cream tea
What to bring
Sensible walking shoes, a waterproof coat, your camera, money for the lunch stop
Moderate walking fitness
Please note: The tour can be adapted to suit passengers with reduced access.
Experience the Full Extent of Devon’s Unique History & Culture
At the beginning of the tour, your guide will show you places of interest in the historic maritime city of Plymouth before departing for Dartmoor National Park. The untamed landscape of Dartmoor has been the stuff of legends for centuries. In fact, it was this park that provided the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles. Look out for the beautiful but hardy Dartmoor ponies and the towering granite outcrops known as ‘tors’. You can also explore the remains of a 3000-year-old settlement, featuring mysterious stone rows and circles.
Next, we’ll journey on to the remote community of Princetown, where the landscape is dominated by the imposing Dartmoor Prison. Hear stories about the notorious inmates of this 19th-century high security jail and their daring escapes. Princetown is also a great place to stop for lunch.
After a short break, we’ll make our way to Postbridge. This town features an 800-year-old clapper bridge that provides the perfect background for memorable photos. You’ll have a chance to take some iconic pictures before we head to the day’s highlight: watching a world-class sheep dog handler in action.
Jed Watson is a champion-class shepherd and the current Sheepdog Trial Team Captain for England. Get ready to witness the inspiring partnership between man and working dogs! You’ll be able to spot novices as well as dogs that have already won national competitions.
On our way back to the port, we will make our final stop at a well-known local inn. Here you’ll have the choice of a pint of locally brewed ale or a delicious Devonshire clotted cream tea before returning to your ship.