St. Michael and All Angels Church, Princetown
Photo: Tom Jolliffe CCL
|The largest town on Dartmoor, Princetown is also the highest and one of the most isolated. It is notorious as the setting for Dartmoor Prison which started life as a place of confinement for French captives during the Napoleonic Wars.
The modern Prison Museum is one of Devon’s must-see attractions. A good base for further exploration, Princetown is close to Bronze Age burials cists (hollowed out stone coffins), prehistoric standing stones and hut circles. Prominent landmarks include North Hessary Tor at 1,800ft.