Well, it has got multi-award winning farmers?
At the Taste of the West Awards held at the Eden project on Tuesday 01 November, Dartmoor Farmers not only received the ‘Best of Meat and Poultry Award’ for their Sirloin of beef roasting joint (which featured in the main course of the presentation lunch) but also the ‘Carol Trewin South West Producer of the Year Award’, which the judges felt deserved as “(Dartmoor Farmers)..have worked together to solve what many have long thought was an insolvable problem – how to manage sustainably one of the region’s finest jewels of the countryside by adding value to their primary product. It was a cracking entry!”
And then as a grand finale they were awarded the ‘Champion Product Award’ for their Sirloin of Beef Roasting Joint. One Judge, a certain Rick Stein said, “This product is exactly what West Country food should be all about. Outstanding flavour, beautifully well hung and clearly great expertise has gone into producing such a wonderful piece of meat.”
Oh, and Gidleigh Park also won South West restaurant of the year.
Ok, apart from the farmers?
Well it has also got award winning accommodation and attractions?
Dartmoor businesses have just swept the board at the Devon Tourism Awards with 11 hotels, campsites, food producers, holiday parks, restaurants making it as finalists. The winners will be announced on 23 November. See Devon Tourism Awards for more information.
And also this week Helpful Holidays won Silver in the British Travel Awards’ category for Best UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company against strong national competition. British Travel Awards’ Chief Executive, Lorraine Barnes Burton, said, “The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK, created to reward travel companies, with the winning accolade being the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer. This year the competition was fierce and Helpful Holidays is to be congratulated on its achievement.”
So, apart from these awards what else has Dartmoor got?
How about its renowned natural beauty?
The film release of War Horse is getting closer and audiences across the country are being treated with the trailer on show in cinemas across the UK which showcases some of the spectacular Dartmoor Landscape. A certain Stephen Spielberg said about this landscape, “I have never before in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming ‘War Horse’ on Dartmoor”
How about it celebrating 60 years since it was officially designated as a National Park?
This week also saw the official launch of Andrew Cooper’s book, ‘Dartmoor National Park – A Celebration of its people, places and wildlife’ This book is a celebration of Dartmoor National Park – highlighting its dramatic beauty, captivating wildlife and the cultural heritage of its landscape and inhabitants. Out just as Dartmoor celebrates 60 years since designation as a National Park it is also a good buy (the book not the Park!) for Christmas.
All right, but apart from being multi award winning with its fantastic quality local produce, a vibrant tourism industry, stunning natural beauty, National Park designation, the fresh water system from its rivers and mires and benefits to public health, what has Dartmoor ever done for us?
Well, if you are still having to ask the question then why not visit the National Park website, one of our Information Centres or better still get out and enjoy Dartmoor’s beauty, quality produce and stay or visit at one of its many award winning attractions or properties.