The Edgemoor Hotel, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

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The Edgemoor Hotel, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Why stay in this location and hotel?

The name says it all. On the edge of the moor, below Dartmoor's most famous tor, Haytor Rocks, The Edgemoor Hotel is arguably in the best location within the National Park for those wanting to experience Dartmoor, The English Riviera and South Devon.

Just off the A38 that runs between Exeter and Plymouth, the hotel is easily accessible by car. Trains run to Exeter and Plymouth and the nearby town Newton Abbot.

Scroll through the photo gallery to see images of what you can do around The Edgemoor Hotel. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting of the accompanying Google map to see its location.

To help you choose The Edgemoor Hotel for its location, we've listed some of the local attractions below. Cherry pick for a short break. Try to visit all if you're on holiday in Dartmoor.


Haytor Rocks

The road climbs from Bovey Tracey, past the National Trust's Parke Estate to The Edgemoor Hotel. From there, it continues to Haytor National Park Visitor Centre and Haytor Rocks.

Another iconic Dartmoor tor, Hound Tor (East Dartmoor), is a little further on. It's great fun to walk from Haytor Rocks to Hound Tor. Try the superb Haytor Rocks to Hound Tor Circular Walk.

In Spring, Holwell Lawn by Hound Tor is known for its showing of bluebells. The landscape here is stunning. Bowerman's Nose is beyond Hound Tor.


East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve

Yarner Wood is pretty much on The Edgemoor Hotel's doorstep. Local information leaflets say that it was England's first National Nature Reserve. Split into three sections, the National Nature Reserve pushes up the Bovey Valley to the exquisite Lustleigh Cleave.

The Templer Way runs through Yarner Wood. If you're up for a challenge, walk to the South Devon coast!


Lustleigh Cleave

One of the most beautiful places in Dartmoor National Park. The upper valley wall is lined with rocky outcrops. The views back down the valley and across the South Devon coast are worth the holiday at The Edgemoor Hotel.

We'd recommend the following walks:

Lustleigh Cleave Circular Walk

Bovey Valley Woodlands, Lustleigh Cleave and Hunter's Tor Circular Walk

Bovey Valley Circular Walk


Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park

One of Dartmoor's most popular family attractions, Becky Falls is on the road that runs behind The Edgemoor Hotel up to the pretty moorland village Manaton. We often head here after heavy rainfall when water crashes over Becky Falls Waterfalls.

We'd also recommend visiting Canonteign Falls. See Lady Exmouth Falls highest waterfall in England. Lady Exmouth Falls is said to be the 'highest waterfall in England'.



Given the area's popularity, there are plenty of pubs around The Edgemoor Hotel. Try:

The Old Inn in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

The Rugglestone Inn just outside Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

The Rock Inn in Haytor Vale.

The Cleave in Lustleigh.

Kestor Inn in Manaton.



Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a must.

Buckland-in-the-Moor is another famous Dartmoor village. We'd recommend walking to The Ten Commandments Stones for the best view of it.


House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass

Shopping and culture set in a historical building. There's a fascinating museum attached if shopping isn't your thing.

MAKE Southwest is nearby in Bovey Tracey.


The high moor

The Edgemoor Hotel is on the edge of the moor in the east section of the National Park. Head west to the bulk of Hamel Down and you'll get a massive view of Dartmoor's north plateau, central bowl and south plateau. If you're a walker, it's a heavenly view.

Dartmoor's a small place. Using The Edgemoor Hotel as a base, you can enjoy walks in every section of the National Park.

We'd recommend the following walks:

Dartmoor's Highest Points Circular Walk (High Willhays/Yes Tor).

Belstone and Oke Tor Circular Walk.

Cox, Roos and the Staple Tors Circular Walk.


Horse riding

Try Shilstone Rocks Horse Riding in the local area.


Bouldering and climbing

The east section of Dartmoor is known for its bouldering and climbing. Hound Tor (East Dartmoor) is the most obvious spot. You can also learn to climb in the area. Try VIXON Climbing.


South Devon

See one of our sister sites, Love South Devon, for further inspiration but South Devon's famous beaches and coastal towns are within easy reach of The Edgemoor Hotel.

Stover Country Park is down the road from The Edgemoor Hotel with its Ted Hughes Poetry Trail. Not well known but a great place if you're interested in nature.

It doesn't get the best press but we love The English Riviera.


The English Riviera

Two limestone arms push out into the sea to create Tor Bay. Stand at the end of either arm on a sunny day and the views are breathtaking. The English Riviera is also packed with visitor attractions. Torre Abbey, Living Coasts and Kents Cavern are essential visiting.


They say: 'On the boundary of Dartmoor National Park, less than 3 miles from the A38, this elegant Victorian country house boasts an award-winning restaurant, fireside bistro and an extensive wine list.' View availability and read more.

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