If your planning on some walking or climbing then it’s always a good idea to have a quick check of the forecast before you go. You can choose the driest venue or the most suitable route according to the fickle Dartmoor weather!

Being so near the coast, and considerably higher than the surrounding area Dartmoor is colder and twice as wet as the coast. It’s worth being careful about where you get your weather forecast from, as some postcode based sites are pretty inaccurate.

It’s worth paying attention as to where the weather is coming from, as sometimes it is a lot better to be on the sheltered east side of the moor if the usual westerly winds are bringing rain.

The little Metoffice widget below is for Hound Tor/Manaton on the East side of Dartmoor, one of the most popular climbing areas on the moor.

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Burrator Resivoir is pretty close to the Dewerstone and Sheeps Tor, both popular and good rock climbing venues.

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

The Web cams below can give you an idea of the current weather on the Moor and Coast.

” Haytor weather Station ” – Looking towards teignmouth, with some useful weather data as well.

” Powdermills  – Looking north from the Moretonhampstead/Princetown road.

If you think the moor is a bit damp, then Torquay is in a pretty good rain shadow:  Torquay  – Looking towards Brixham from Torquay marina.

The MetOffice has a national park weather forecast for Dartmoor which is excellent.

” BBC Weather ” – Rain Radar for the South-West.

For a pretty good postcode based website, I (sometimes) use xcweather, although increasingly I use MeteoBlue.