About Us

About Us

Dartmoor Activity Centre is a rare beast, being one of only a handful of centres on Dartmoor that has both secure enclosed grounds of our own, and direct access (just a step outside the front gate) onto open moorland.
It provides the perfect location for a school or youth group residential with both indoor and camping options. With grounds that remain in a natural state (as much as possible), it provides a great space for both outdoor activities and environmental studies.

Every year Dartmoor Activity Centre sponsors a free residential week for a deserving group. This allows children from disadvantaged backgrounds, caring for a loved one or, living with a medical condition to stay as guests of the charity.

Discounts are also available for specific youth organisations and other charities, please contact us and we will happily discuss the options avilable.

The centre is situated close to Haytor Rocks on the eastern fringe of Dartmoor, approximately mid-way between Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Bovey Tracey.

A little bit of history and a few facts…

The history of the grounds of Dartmoor Activity Centre (owned and operated by The Broadleas Charitable Trust) dates back to the 1930s and has a pretty interesting past.

During World War 1, the site was used by the British Army, and in World War 2 by the US Army. The plan was to use the site as a field hospital although in the end, it was never used for this purpose.

In the 1930s the site was an area of rough moorland with two wooden bungalows. However, Exeter businessman Leonard Turner who lived opposite the site had great visions, he saw an opportunity to turn it into a place where nature and the outdoors could be used to build character, challenge, train and provide a chance for leadership skills to thrive within young people. That is when the centre was born.

Since then the site has received continual improvements and developments which have included the indoor accommodation being entirely rebuilt and the addition of a campsite kitchen and dining hall, to name but a few.

Some facts about the Dartmoor Activity Centre site:

  • It has around 5½ acres of woodland
  • There are 2 campsite fields available as well as various activity areas
  • It sits within the Dartmoor National Park
  • It is 1,500 feet above sea level
  • Voluntary support has helped create distinct areas for camping and training
  • All funds and profits are re-invested into winter projects to further develop and improve the site




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