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In pursuit of tranquility: driving through Dartmoor in a BMW i8

A low speed limit and stunning scenery combine to make Dartmoor a uniquely spectacular drive

There is nowhere in the UK quite like Dartmoor. Other national parks are larger, boast peaks that are higher and vistas that are more spectacular, but if it is peace, tranquility and seclusion you seek, a place to lose yourself if not to get lost, Dartmoor is as good as it gets.

This may surprise those whose vision of the West Country is one of endless queues of cars behind ambling caravans. But while some of our more remote wildernesses remain sparsely populated even in summer, the best time to visit Dartmoor is out of season. Go there now and even on its major routes it can be a place of genuine solitude.

BMW’s i8 is a close-to-ideal companion for a trip across Dartmoor, not because it’s so good at going fast, but because it’s even better at going slowly. With its carbon-fibre construction, scissor doors and sleek design, it looks like a slice of petrolhead heaven and, on the right road,...

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