Located inside Dartmoor National Park, near Moretonhampstead in Devon, the Centre houses miniature and Shetland ponies along with horses, miniature Mediterranean donkeys, and an array of other farm animals (including a hefty Kunekune pig). Started by the Dennis family in 1986, the farm now trades under the ownership of the Hutchings family, including four daughters — no surprise they want to carry on the family tradition.
National Parks are protected lands throughout the UK just as they are in the US. Numerous locations are free of charge and many have lovely tea rooms (think luscious Devon clotted cream, homemade scones & jam, along with a multitude of other freshly baked goodies representative of the region). The English National Trust (as well as the Scottish National Trust) represent great value. With a reasonably-priced annual membership, you can visit a wide range of amazing landscapes, mines, country homes, castles, and historic sites worthy of royalty, foreigners, and local folk alike. The countryside draws you in, with roads so narrow at times both sides of your car touch dense shrubbery at once. And the animals, wild and tame, actually talk to you. Yes, it’s true. Friendly and polite, these creatures welcome you and your conversation at a moment’s notice.