A great spot to introduce yourself to Dartmoor, Bonehill Rocks are fab for scrambling, hiding, walking, playing and gaping at the views – all within a few metres of the car park. Located just above Widecombe-in-the-Moor, you turn right off the B3387 (signposted Houndtor), and then take the left fork leading you to the rocks. There are car parks in front and tucked in behind.
Dogs are happy to exercise themselves sniffing in and out of the caves and crevices and children may like to look for ‘letterboxes’ as well as climb and jump. There are some high rocks and steep drops in places so please take care, but there are plenty of easy spots to set children free too!
Once you’ve worn yourselves out at the rocks you could drop down the back road to the side of the rocks (very steep and to be avoided when icy) to Widecombe where there are lots of choices for food and drink, including:
The Rugglestone Inn is a great pub with a traditional feel. Children and dog-friendly with good food and drink, it can get busy and while there is lots of outdoor seating it can get crowded indoors.
The Old Inn is a dining pub with large car park and garden. It is also child and dog friendly although those with small children need to be wary of the large central wood burner in the extension. A very popular slot for family meals and celebrations (with good reason) it is advisable to book ahead for a large party or special meal.
There is a small but fun play park just past the Old Inn on the right, if you need to let your food go down before setting off home.