Things To Do near Best Dartmoor Spring Things To Do

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Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

South West England was battered by storms at the beginning of 2014. A vast quantity of rainwater was dumped on Dartmoor's high plateaus and channeled to the coast in famous Devon rivers such as the Dart and Teign. Waterfalls on these rivers became particularly impressive. We were fortunate enough to...

East Webburn River, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

East Webburn River, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

The East Webburn River rises near Hameldown Tor and English Heritage's Grimspound on the vast back of Hamel Down. The headwaters are close to Hamel Down Cross and Broad Barrow. From its source, the river cuts deep into moorland and tumbles past Berry Pound before arcing through Natsworthy. It flo...

The Uncle Tom Cobley Horse, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

The Uncle Tom Cobley Horse, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

When visiting Widecombe St Pancras Church, look out for The Uncle Tom Cobley Horse. Inspired by the Devon folk song Widecombe Fair, 'in the late 1950's a retired sailor from Drewsteignton made a mechanical model of Uncle Tom Cobley and the Grey Mare. The automation was exhibited at Widecombe Fair...

Widecombe St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Widecombe St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

The 'Cathedral of the Moor'. In East Dartmoor, and dominating the popular moorland village of Widecombe in the Moor, Widecombe St Pancras Church dates from the 1300s. Wallboards within the church tell a story of a fire-ball passing through the church and killing four people as a result of a light...

The Green, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

The Green, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

The Green is the focal point of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Surrounded by shops, cafes, pub, church and its associated buildings, the village green is a great place to relax after a wander. A local information board provides a historical perspective. 'The Village Green was once known as 'butte pa...

1638 Thunderstorm, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

1638 Thunderstorm, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Inside Widecombe St Pancras Church, at the base of the tower, are four wallboards telling the story of the 1638 Thunderstorm. The following transcription was taken from photos. 'It is of the Lords mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Lam.III.2.2. The merciful a...

The Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

The Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Award-winning pub The Rugglestone Inn was voted one of the best UK country pubs in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. It's a great pub in a superb setting.   Widecombe-in-the-Moor Situated on the edge of Widecombe in the Moor in the east section of Dartmoor, The Rugglestone I...

Sextons Cottage and Church House (National Trust), Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Sextons Cottage and Church House (National Trust), Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

A sexton maintained church buildings and the graveyard. The sexton's cottage was his home. The 'church house was the medieval equivalent of the church hall. Its chief purpose was to house the festivals and church ales which raised funds for many an English parish church until the rise of Puritanism'...

Widecombe Fair, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Widecombe Fair, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Whilst not the biggest, Widecombe hosts arguably the most famous of Dartmoor's many fairs and shows. It takes place on the second Tuesday of September so in 2016 Widecombe Fair is on Tuesday 13th September. The fair is synonymous with the Devon folk song Widecombe Fair which is celebrated in sign...

Bagtor Down, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Bagtor Down, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

As you climb the B3387 from Bovey Tracey past Haytor Vale to the high moors, Haytor Down runs north of the road and Bagtor Down to the south. Note that the River Sig rises on Bagtor Down from two boggy sections of moorland. The western section is called Bag Tor Marsh and is best avoided. If you...

The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Dartmoor's most famous village Widecombe-in-the-Moor is Dartmoor's most famous village. Easily accessible and located below some of the most beautiful moorland in the National Park, the area is packed with things to do and places to visit. Build your day around a pub lunch or cream tea in The Old...

Heathercombe, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Heathercombe, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Heathercombe is known for its gardens which are open to the general public on select days through the year. See Heathercombe's website for further information. We provide an external link. A section of the Two Moors Way and the Mariners' Way pass through Heathercombe. Another path climbs through...

Kestor Inn, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Kestor Inn, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Pub by one of the most beautiful valleys in Dartmoor National Park Wonderful location. Situated above one of the most beautiful valleys in Dartmoor National Park, the Kestor Inn is a stroll away from England's first National Nature Reserve, one of Dartmoor's most popular family visitor attraction...

Wittaburrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Wittaburrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

In his excellent 'The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor', Phil Newman notes that 'the term 'barrow' may be defined as a mound of earth or stone, usually covering one or more inhumations or cremations. On Dartmoor, where the majority of these monuments are constructed mostly from ston...

The Rock Inn, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

The Rock Inn, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

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 to...