Name: Baskerville E-Bike Tour
Distance: 16 miles (half-day); 21 miles (full-day)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Features: High moorland, mires, hut circles, Princetown prison & Postbridge village
Conan Doyle’s most famous novel The Hound of the Baskervilles is not just set on Dartmoor – Dartmoor is the star of the story just as much as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. This tour introduces you to the places that inspired the key parts: the mire, the prison, the hut circles, and of course the spectacular high moorland scenery itself.
The Baskerville Bike Tour starts in Princetown, where Conan Doyle stayed while writing the book and doing his research, and heads first down a very quiet lane that ends at Whiteworks. Here lies Fox Tor Mire, the inspiration for Grimpen Mire, and it’s possible to walk out past the ruined tin workings and crumbling walls and get the feel of this extraordinary, atmospheric environment. Returning to Princetown, we take the road to Postbridge, cycling past the looming Dartmoor Prison and then across wide open moor with magnificent views all around. Postbridge was the basis for the hamlet of Grimpen - a high moorland settlement with just a few buildings set amongst enclosed fields. From here, the half-day tour takes a short walk up Lakehead Hill to see some of the hut circles that play such an important part in the book and hear more about the hound legends that first inspired the story, before returning to Princetown. The full-day tour continues on to Grimspound, a Bronze Age village that Conan Doyle visited whilst touring the moor with the coachman Harry Baskerville, passing through the beautiful valley of Challacombe and stopping to explore the hut circles and surrounding area.
On both longer and shorter tours, the return stretch takes us past Powder Mills Pottery where a well-earned and delicious cream tea awaits. Some of the finest scones on Dartmoor, and served on beautiful plates - and all locally sourced!