We love promoting great adventure accommodation as part of our Adventure Campsites website. And there is a large choice of accommodation types to enjoy across Dartmoor National Park, from farm campsites, hostels, yurts, and bunkhouses, to shepherd’s huts and wild camping. If you are keen on wild camping then head to the Dartmoor National Park’s interactive wild camping map, but remember to always camp at least 100m from the road and leave no trace.
If bunkhouses are your preferred accommodation type then a visit to Blytheswood Hostel must be added to your bucket list.
Located on the eastern side of the National Park, close to the village of Dunsford, Blytheswood Hostel is set off the road within a secluded, native woodland. A short walk from the road side car park, you are greeted by a warm welcome from the owners who are rightly proud to show you around and ensure you have a comfortable stay.
The hostel is a converted WW1 hut, and the surrounding area of trees, wildlife, the moor and sublime quiet, provides an escape from the adrenaline activities you can experience throughout Dartmoor National Park during the day.
The main bunk rooms are serviced by adjacent bathrooms, and homely comfort in the living room, with a wood burner for the colder winter nights, makes the hostel feel like home from home. A self-catering kitchen, outside barbecue, fire pit and picnic tables, ensures all is in place for quality time with friends and time for relaxation at the end of an adventurous day.
Walking straight from the main door of the hostel and out through the woods enables you to marvel at Heltor (or Hel Tor) and Blackingstone Rocks where the Devil and King Arthur sat on their respective high grounds in an argument forgotten long ago. A short walk for the hostel and you can also enjoy a stroll along the River Teign to a myriad of stopping off points.
Lewis, the owner of the hostel, will guide you through the many possibilities of your walk, or places favoured by birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts who come to enjoy the National Trust woodland and the nearby Dunsford Nature Reserve. Perhaps a chat to cyclists who use the hostel for a night stop on their Lands End to John O’Groats challenge, or even some of the canoeist, when the river is right, who might use the nearby Steps Bridge as an access point to the River Teign.
Our thanks to Lewis for hosting us throughout our stay, which we needed on our multi-day adventurous challenge. Lewis was so accommodating, even allowing us to secure our bikes inside the main building to ensure all was safe and easy to pack for the next day’s long distance ride.
We know we will be back to Blytheswood as a few days in the trees will be the tonic our often hectic lives need from time to time. The idyllic setting, comfortable accommodation, and kind welcome we received from the owners are the ingredients you cannot replicate in many places for such a perfect adventure location.