Tavistock Inn, Poundsgate, Dartmoor National Park

Tavistock Inn, Poundsgate, Dartmoor National Park

Spitchwick beauty spot and the Dart Gorge

Spitchwick (Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick Common) is an exceptionally popular local Dartmoor beauty spot known for its wild swimming and picnics. It sits at the east end of the stunning Dart Gorge which is known for its great walks and views. Both Spitchwick and the Dart Gorge are just down the road from the Tavistock Inn. It's a superb pub location.


East Dartmoor

The A38 skirts the east border of Dartmoor National Park running between Exeter and Plymouth. Ashburton is a major Dartmoor gateway town sat between the two Devon cities. A road runs west of Ashburton to the River Dart Country Park. Beyond Holne Bridge, it climbs through woodland and splits. The left fork takes you up to Venford Reservoir and the edge of Dartmoor's south moor. The right fork takes you to New Bridge (Newbridge) and Spitchwick (Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick Common) before continuing to the Tavistock Inn at Poundsgate.

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There's parking across the road from the Tavistock Inn.


Pub garden

There's an outdoor area/pub garden in front of the Tavistock Inn overlooking the road.


Things to do around the Tavistock Inn

'Holiday in Dartmoor' helps visitors discover things to do and places to visit when exploring Dartmoor National Park. It's not a review site. This listing will help those looking to discover the area around the Tavistock Inn in addition to the pub's great food and drink.



Spitchwick (Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick Common). Beautiful place and great for wild swimming. Gets very busy when the sun's out.


Wild swimming

The River Dart is Dartmoor's most famous river. It cuts through the Dart Gorge. In addition to  Spitchwick (Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick Common), adventurous swimmers should try Sharrah Pool and Mel Pool.

There are also nice spots to swim downstream of Dartmeet. Follow the north/left bank from the car parking area at Dartmeet.


Dart Gorge

Dart Gorge. One of the most beautiful places in Dartmoor National Park.



The Two Moors Way runs along the north lip of the Dart Gorge. Try Dr Blackall's Drive Walk.

Dart Gorge Circular Walk is wonderful (only for experienced walkers).



Mel Tor sits on the north lip of the Dart Gorge.

Sharp Tor (Dartmeet/East Dartmoor) provides super views down the gorge.

Bench Tor sits on the south lip of the gorge.

Combestone Tor is also on the south side of the gorge at the foot of Dartmoor's south moor.


Dartmoor's south moor

Venford Reservoir is a local beauty spot. There are car parking areas on either side of the reservoir from which you can explore the south moor.

Ryder's Hill is the highest point on Dartmoor's south moor.


Higher Uppacott

Higher Uppacott Longhouse. Rare example of a 14th century longhouse.


The Ten Commandments Stones

The Ten Commandments Stones. Quirky attraction providing immense views of Dartmoor. Highly recommended.


Visitor attractions

River Dart Country Park. One of Dartmoor's most popular family attractions.