Where: Dartmoor, England
What: Spotting big cats in the most southerly National Park
Blame Sherlock Holmes – he started it with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a tale of a ferocious creature that lurked on the moorland hunting for prey. Since then, wild places have been synonymous with dangerous beasts and Dartmoor is no exception. In past years it’s been something of a hot spot for Big Cat sightings.
Arriving early evening in Autumn can be scary. Thick velvety darkness wraps you up in its shadow like blanket. Owl hoots startling you as you begin a night walk with more light from the moon breaking through the darkness the higher you climb.
Waking the next morning expect clouds hanging in the air over the villages below, while the sun emerges from the hills beyond, erupting like a beacon of early auburn light. Luckily, Big Cats are rare sights. There are only perfect panoramic views to enjoy while the world sleeps below.
If you own a bicycle then Dartmoor is an area where you can take off the brakes and pedal without constraints on one of the many routes that cut through the hills. It’s a great way to appreciate a landscape dotted with mysterious tors and flowing rivers.
You might even hear the distant rat-a-ta-tat of guns as the moors are often used as a firing range of the army and is a regular training ground for soldiers looking to build up their survival skills. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for everyone.
If extreme sleeping is too much and you’d prefer a nice peaceful night to cosy up after a day out exploring, then head off to a Best Western hotel near Dartmoor National Park. We’ve got a number of hotels situated at different points around this national treasure at Dartmouth, Exeter and Torquay.
Stay near Dartmouth: Best Western The Dartmouth Hotel Golf & Spa
Stay near Exeter: Best Western Exeter Lord Haldon Country Hotel
Stay near Torquay: Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel
Okay, who’s feeling sleepy?