Things To Do near Challacombe Medieval Hamlet

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Challacombe Down, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Challacombe Down, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

If you go for a drink or bite to eat at The Warren House Inn on a clear day at the end of Autumn, you'll enjoy one of the best moorland views in Dartmoor National Park. Giant waves of rusty moorland roll east. The huge bulk of Hamel Down shapes the horizon. Challacombe Down hunkers down below. In ad...

Challacombe Medieval Strip Fields, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Challacombe Medieval Strip Fields, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Stand at English Heritage's Grimspound or Hookney Tor and look south west and you'll see weathered strips of farmland on the side of a steep hill. These are Challacombe Medieval Strip Fields. A local information board states that 'the narrow strip fields (lynchets) which you can see running...

Challacombe Valley and Farm, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Challacombe Valley and Farm, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

This beautiful valley sits between Hamel Down to the east and Challacombe Down to the west. At the top of the valley are Headland Warren Farm, Hookney Tor and English Heritage's Grimspound. At the bottom of the valley, by Challacombe, the land flattens out into an area of farmland leading down t...

Hamel Down Cross, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Hamel Down Cross, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

In his 'Guide to Dartmoor', William Crossing notes that 'Hameldon Cross consists of a granite slab rather over four feet in height and about two feet in width, rudely fashioned into the form of the sacred symbol, and probably has never served any other purpose than that of a boundary sto...

Single Barrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Single Barrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

The Dartmoor expert William Crossing writes 'this tumulus was opened in 1873 by the late Mr. C. Spence Bate, and was found to consist of earth with the exception of a low hedge of stones which encircled it, and a low cairn in the centre. About six feet from the latter a small heap of burnt human...

Broad Barrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Broad Barrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Numerous cairns and barrows run along the spine of the vast Hamel Down. Broad Barrow sits on the highest ground 532 metres above sea level. The views up top are awesome. It's a particularly impressive place when the heather and gorse flower purple and yellow in early Autumn. A barrow is a mound o...

Golden Dagger Tin Mine (Disused), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Golden Dagger Tin Mine (Disused), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

The area south of the B3212 near The Warren House Inn was heavily mined in past centuries. The local landscape is shaped, in part, by the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine, the Headland Tin Mine, Bushdown Mine and the Golden Dagger Tin Mine. The wonderfully named Golden Dagger Tin Mine is the furthest sout...

Challacombe Stone Row, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Challacombe Stone Row, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

The Warren House Inn is the highest pub in southern England. English Heritage's Grimspound is one of Dartmoor National Park's most famous prehistoric sites. Between them, near the deserted Challacombe Medieval Hamlet, is a rare example of a triple stone row on Dartmoor. The stone row is loca...

Two Barrows, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Two Barrows, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

There's a display cabinet in Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre which contains a replica of the Hameldon Dagger or Hamel Down Dagger. The display reads: 'Hameldon dagger. In 1872 the original dagger was found with a burial of burnt human bones in a cairn or barrow at Hameldon. It cons...

Hameldown Tor, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Hameldown Tor, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Grimspound is an English Heritage site located in a dip between Hamel Down and Hookney Down towards the heart of Dartmoor National Park. Two tors stand guard over the prehistoric settlement. To the north west is Hookney Tor. To the south east is Hameldown Tor. The views from the cairn and trig point...

Hamel Down, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Hamel Down, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Drive along the A30 that skirts the northern boundary of Dartmoor National Park and you'll see the unmistakable dome of Cosdon Hill topped by Cosdon Beacon. Further south, towards the heart of the National Park is the equally vast Hamel Down topped by a tor, barrows and its own beacon. The views fro...

Grimspound (English Heritage), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Grimspound (English Heritage), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile 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...

Grey Wethers and Blue Jug, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Grey Wethers and Blue Jug, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

'The stream on the eastern side of the hill forms the boundary between the common lands of Manaton and Widecombe, and this is drawn from its head to Hameldon Cross, the space between the two being marked by a couple of bondstones, the lower one being called Blue Jug, and the other the Grey Wethe...

Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine (Disused), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine (Disused), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

The moorland east of The Warren House Inn is heavily scarred by centuries of tin mining. It's topped by Birch Tor. Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine is the name given to a group of mines worked in this area. When you visit, you'll walk in, by or above scooped up of the moorland by the tinners....

Hameldown Beacon, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Hameldown Beacon, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a beacon as 'a fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration’. There is a chain of beacons on Dartmoor running from the edge of the north moor down to the edge of the south moor. Hameldown Beacon is, roughly spe...