The Rock Inn, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

The Rock Inn, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Haytor Rocks beauty spot

Haytor Rocks is Dartmoor's most popular tor. It's also the National Park's most popular beauty spot. Situated on the east flank of the moor, Haytor Rocks overlooks stunning South Devon countryside and coast. The Rock Inn is located in the village below this famous tor so it's perfect for a pub walk.

 

Great local pub

The Rock Inn is a seriously good local foodie place with a terrific wine cellar at fairly affordable prices. The atmosphere inside is an old world one with lots of dark oak panelled dining rooms, low ceilings, with some interesting nooks and crannies for more intimate meals or the other ones with rowdy kids.

In winter the smell and warmth of the coal fire is a great welcome on arrival, particularly when the Vale is shrouded in mist and you can hear the distant sound of baying hounds. The food is locally sourced Dartmoor meat and Teignmouth seafood, as much as possible, with chef's preparation and staff service all excellent. Great beer garden across the road, dogs on leads are welcome and there are Dartmoor ales on tap.

 

East Dartmoor

The A38 Devon Expressway runs between Exeter and Plymouth. Take the Bovey Tracey exit and you're in East Dartmoor. The B3387 passes Parke Estate (National Trust) and the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve and then climbs to high moorland and Haytor Vale. The Rock Inn is to your left in the village. Haytor Rocks rises in front of you. The inn is very easily accessible and the area very beautiful.

 

Parking

Whilst there's parking along the road outside The Rock Inn, we'd recommend wandering down from the spacious car parks below Haytor Rocks.

 

Pub garden

There's a top pub garden across the road from the inn.

 

Things to do around The Rock Inn

'Holiday in Dartmoor' helps visitors discover things to do and places to visit when exploring Dartmoor National Park. It's not a review site. This listing will help those looking to discover the area around The Rock Inn in addition to the pub's great food and drink.

 

National Park Visitor Centre

Haytor National Park Visitor Centre is one of three visitor centres in the National Park.

 

Tors

Haytor Rocks.

Hound Tor (East Dartmoor).

Rippon Tor.

The row of tors above Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Honeybag TorChinkwell Tor and Bell Tor.

Mini 10 Tors.

Buckland Beacon.

 

Walking

Haytor Rocks.

Haytor Rocks to Hound Tor Circular Walk.

Templer Way.

Lustleigh Cleave to Hunter's Tor Circular Walk.

 

Views

Haytor Rocks.

Rippon Tor.

The Ten Commandments Stones.

The B3357 looking down to Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

 

Wildlife

East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.

Ponies on Dartmoor.

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Education and Visitor Centre.

Bluebells.

 

Mining heritage

Haytor Quarry.

Haytor Granite Tramway.

Templer Way.

 

Outdoor activities

Shilstone Rocks Horse Riding.

Climbing.

Bouldering.

Cycling.

Wild swimming.

 

Visitor attractions

The Ten Commandments Stones.

Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement (English Heritage).

House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass.

Becky Falls Woodland Park.

 

Local village and towns

Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Buckland-in-the-Moor.

Manaton.

Lustleigh.

Bovey Tracey.

Ashburton.

 

Dartmoor

We'd recommend continuing to the heart of Dartmoor. Postbridge, Two Bridges and Princetown are essential Dartmoor visiting.

 

South Devon

The English Riviera.

Totnes.

Dartmouth and Salcombe.