Dartmoor, England

Paddling, Fly-fishing, and Gin

THE DRAW Dartmoor National Park is a 368-square-mile high moorland that's full of bogs and ghostly folkloreĀ—legend has it that the place inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. Less famous and more enticing are the park's rivers. The River Dart sees Class III rapids in the winter (daylong guided kayak trips with Plymouth-based Spirit of Adventure, $70; spirit-of-adventure.com). In the spring, cast for wild brown trout on the Dart's tributaries and the Teign (guided day trips, $210; comeflyfishing.co.uk).

THE DRINK The secret to the success of England's original dry gin is no secret: Plymouth Gin has been made with granite-purified water from Dartmoor reservoirs since 1793. It's an incredibly smooth and balanced spiritĀ—the choice of Churchill and FDR, Hitchcock and Ian Fleming. Add a splash of vermouth for the world's best martini ($36; plymouthgin.com).

THE RECOVERY Stay in Plymouth at the 150-year-old Chester House (doubles, $84; chesterplymouth.co.uk).

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