Lustleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Lustleigh, Dartmoor National Park
  • Beautiful Dartmoor village in a wooded valley in eastern section of the National Park. The Dartmoor gateway town Bovey Tracey is nearby
  • Super place to enjoy local food and drink in The Cleave village pub or Primrose Tea Rooms overlooking the village square and St John the Baptist Church
  • Walk the stunning Lustleigh Cleave. A cleave is a steep-sided valley. Rivers flow from Dartmoor's high moor to cut lots of spectacular cleaves, valleys and gorges. Lustleigh Cleave is one of the best. It's particularly impressive in autumn
  • Cycle the Wray Valley Trail through Parke Estate (National Trust) to Bovey Tracey
  • Visit the nearby East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve which was England's first National Nature Reserve and then climb some of Dartmoor's finest tors. Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor are in the local area
  • Enjoy some of the Devon visitor attractions near Lustleigh. Try the House of Marbles and Becky Falls. The brilliant Miniature Pony Centre is situated on the outskirts of Moretonhampstead
  • Main photo: walking to the centre of Lustleigh on Lustleigh May Day Fair


Where is Lustleigh in Dartmoor National Park?

Lustleigh village is located at the south east end of the Wray Valley in the eastern section of Dartmoor National Park. It's situated just off the A382 below the stunning Lustleigh Cleave.


Why holiday or weekend break around Lustleigh?

To help you choose Lustleigh, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


The Cleave Pub

Enjoy local food and drink in the village pub. The Cleave Pub is in the centre of the village opposite the church. Great spot from which to start, or end, a walk or bike ride.


Lustleigh Cleave

Walk Lustleigh Cleave. Rivers flow from Dartmoor's high moorland and cut steep-sided wooded valleys, or cleaves, on the fringes of the National Park. Lustleigh Cleave is one of the finest.

We particularly recommend the views from Harton Chest (Lustleigh Cleave) and Hunter's Tor (Lustleigh Cleave/East Dartmoor).


Wray Valley

Explore the Wray Valley. From Lustleigh, walk or cycle the Wray Valley Trail in Dartmoor to the National Trust's Parke Estate (National Trust) then continue to The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey.

The three reservoirs east of the A382 are impressive. Try the Tottiford, Trenchford & Kennick Reservoirs Circular Walk


East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve

Discover Yarner Wood which is part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.


Dartmoor's visitor attractions

Enjoy both Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park and Canonteign Falls.

Take a trip to the House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass.


Haytor Rocks

Stand on top of Haytor Rocks having learnt about the local area in the Haytor National Park Visitor Centre. Continue to Hound Tor (East Dartmoor).

If you're into walking, we'd recommend heading up to Hamel Down for views of Dartmoor's north plateau, central bowl and south plateau.


Dartmoor's prehistory

Experience Dartmoor's prehistory. English Heritage's Grimspound (English Heritage) is the most obvious site to visit in this part of the Park.

For stone rows, see Hurston Ridge/Chagford Common Stone Row.

To learn more about Dartmoor's prehistory, spend some time in both Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre and Princetown National Park Visitor Centre.


The National Trust's Castle Drogo

Visit the National Trust's Castle Drogo (National Trust). Located high above the mouth of the Teign Gorge (National Trust), it's worth visiting for its views alone. Walk the remarkable Teign Gorge to the local beauty spot Fingle Bridge where you can grab a drink at Fingle Bridge Inn.

Other National Trust properties to visit on Dartmoor include Finch Foundry (National Trust) and Lydford Gorge (National Trust).


Outdoor activities

Try Dartmoor's outdoor activities.

Go horse riding from Shilstone Rocks Horse Riding.

Try climbing and bouldering at Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor (East Dartmoor).

Haldon Forest Park is great for family mountain biking.

Whilst it's a bit of a trip, we'd also recommend mountain biking the Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes up at Princetown and cycling the Granite Way between Okehampton and Lydford.


The coast

Head to the South Devon coast. Explore The English Riviera and then drop down to the beautiful coastal towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe. For top beaches, try Blackpool Sands, Bantham Beach and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach. From Lustleigh, we'd also recommend day trips to Exeter and Plymouth.


Local towns and villages

Just over Lustleigh Cleave is Manaton.

Try also the 'gateway towns' of Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey.