Perched on a bleak rise of moorland 8 miles east of Tavistock, Princetown is England’s highest town, but it’s best known as the location of one of Britain’s most infamous high-security prisons. The gloomy granite form of Dartmoor Prison, built in 1809 to house French and American prisoners of war, looms ominously over the northern edge of town. It’s far from the most beautiful spot on Dartmoor, but Princetown’s central location makes it a good base for walking.
If you’re after an unusual souvenir, the Dartmoor Prison Museum (
The High Moorland Visitors Centre (
There’s no great reason to stay in Prince-town, but there are a couple of pleasant inns serving stout pub grub; try the Railway Inn (