Things To Do near Manaton

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The Dancing Tree Cross, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

The Dancing Tree Cross, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

If you're on your way to see Moretonhampstead 1 and 2 The Almshouses, look out for The Dancing Tree Cross. This was once the site of a market cross similar to the one in South Zeal. All you see today in Moretonhampstead is the head of the cross. This is because a tree grew next to the c...

Moretonhampstead Public Art/Sculpture ('Dartmoor Flight'), Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Moretonhampstead Public Art/Sculpture ('Dartmoor Flight'), Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

One of the highlights of Moretonhampstead is its public art/sculptures. From a sparrowhawk to Dartmoor ponies, barn owl to relief panels, the town is full of creative goodness. These beautiful works were created by a group of artists lead by Roger Dean as part of a project called 'Dartmoor Flig...

Villages of Dartmoor Driving Tour/Road Trip, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Villages of Dartmoor Driving Tour/Road Trip, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Dartmoor is small so you can cover a lot of places in a day Dartmoor's a relatively small place. You can walk north to south or east to west in a (long) day. If you want to tour Dartmoor National Park by car then you'll be able to explore its villages and beauty spots with relative ease. There ar...

Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Travel around Devon and Cornwall for a period of time and it becomes clear that the two counties are packed with artists, ceramicists and photographers. Places such as St Ives and Falmouth have high numbers of galleries concentrated in a small area. On Dartmoor, given the lower visitor numbers, ...

Moretonhampstead Swimming Pool (Outdoor), Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Moretonhampstead Swimming Pool (Outdoor), Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

One of a number of open air swimming pools in the towns that fringe the eastern side of Dartmoor, Moretonhampstead Swimming Pool is situated next to the main car park at the top of the high street. Whilst it's heated by solar power, Dartmoor takes a wee while to warm up after the cold winters so...

Grimspound (English Heritage), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Grimspound (English Heritage), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

There are a number of amazing facts about the prehistory of Dartmoor National Park.* It has the greatest concentration of Bronze Age sites in Britain. It's home to the longest stone row in the world. It has 60% of England's stone rows. It's home to more than 5000 hut circles or ancient homes. Despit...

Moretonhampstead St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Moretonhampstead St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Walk the high moorland, wooded valleys and rolling countryside of the east and north east sections of Dartmoor National Park and the tall tower of St Andrew's rising high above Moretonhampstead becomes a familiar sight. It's as distinctive a landmark as the more famous Widecombe St Pancras Chur...

Top Tor, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Top Tor, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Top Tor is a scatter of rocky outcrops, as the name suggests, at the top of Blackslade Down. 432m above sea level, it offers fine views of Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Haytor Rocks. As is the case with many tors in the eastern section of Dartmoor National Park, Top Tor is easily accessible so you...

Hemsworthy Gate, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Hemsworthy Gate, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

We include Hemsworthy Gate on 'Holiday in Dartmoor' as a reference point. As is the case with Nun's Cross Farm and Batworthy Corner, it's a great starting point from which to discover Dartmoor's landscape and history. There's a small car parking area and paths run off in all...

Hookney Tor, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Hookney Tor, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

English Heritage's Grimspound sits in a saddle of moorland below two tors. Hameldown Tor is to the south east. The superb stacks of granite that form Hookney Tor are to the north west. Hookney Down pushes east to King Tor and is beautiful when covered in heather in late summer. Headland Warren Farm...

Shapley Tor, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Shapley Tor, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 miles away)

Some Dartmoor tors are big and dramatic stacks of granite that command the surrounding landscape. Others are small and rather unassuming. Shapley Tor is among the latter. A scatter of granite towards the top of Shapley Common, it's one of those tors you tend to pass through on your way to another...

The Green, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

The Green, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 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...

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

Widecombe St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 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 Uncle Tom Cobley Horse, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

The Uncle Tom Cobley Horse, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 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...

1638 Thunderstorm, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

1638 Thunderstorm, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 3 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...