Things To Do near Widecombe in the Moor

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Holwell Tor, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Holwell Tor, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Visit the South Devon coast around Teignmouth and you'll see the distinctive granite outcrops of Haytor Rocks on the horizon to the west. Granite was quarried at Haytor Rocks and the surrounding tors and then transported down to the coast on a tramway and canal. Holwell Tor is at the western end of...

Holwell Tor Quarries, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Holwell Tor Quarries, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

When exploring Holwell Tor, you'll see quarries cut into its rocky outcrops. The granite extracted from these quarries was transported on the Haytor Granite Tramway down to Stover Canal where it was taken by water to Teignmouth at the eastern end of the Teign Estuary. We've positioned Holwel...

Greator Rocks, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Greator Rocks, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Houndtor Down is packed with points on interest. Hound Tor is one of Dartmoor's most popular rocky outcrops. Beyond its south east side is English Heritage's Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement. South of Hound Tor and the settlement is Holwell Lawn which is known for its astonishing bl...

Bowerman's Nose, Hound Tor and Medieval Village Circular Walk, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Bowerman's Nose, Hound Tor and Medieval Village Circular Walk, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Park at Manaton near the church. Head back across the main road and down a narrow lane. A path cuts right over a field towards Hayne Down. Continue up onto open moorland. Bowerman's Nose is to the right near the end of the ridge. Head back to the path that crosses the ridge and follow it down to...

Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement (English Heritage), Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement (English Heritage), Manaton, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Explore Dartmoor and you'll encounter a high number of abandoned sites dating from the medieval period. The most famous is English Heritage's Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement. A hamlet, Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement consists of eleven buildings including longhou...

Haytor Circular Walk, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Haytor Circular Walk, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

If possible, we'd recommend this walk on a bright autumn day (say, early October). The colours are exceptional. That said, we've walked it every month of the year and it's gorgeous any time the weather's behaving. Use the Ordnance Survey OL28 Dartmoor map to help plan your walk in tandem with our...

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

Villages of Dartmoor Driving Tour/Road Trip, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 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...

Blackadon Local Nature Reserve, Poundsgate, Dartmoor National Park

Blackadon Local Nature Reserve, Poundsgate, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Blackadon is a wonderful but relatively undervisited local nature reserve on Dartmoor If you look at Ordnance Survey Explorer mapping, you’ll see a strip of open access moor and heavily wooded valley to the west of the River Webburn. This is Blackadon Local Nature Reserve. Topped by a tor,...

Buckland Beacon Walk, Buckland in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Buckland Beacon Walk, Buckland in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Buckland Beacon is a Dartmoor beauty spot offering some of the best views in the National Park and across South Devon to the English Channel. Located at the end of a spur of open access moorland high above a heavily wooded section of the River Webburn and River Dart, the place is a joy to visit. It'...

Berry Pound, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Berry Pound, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

'On the Widecombe side of the little stream, which runs through a hollow, is the enclosure known as Berry Pound ... The area covered is very much smaller than that occupied by Grim's Pound, and the vallum is low and not of great width'.

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

Hamel Down Cross, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles 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...

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. 2 miles 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...

Haytor Granite Tramway, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Haytor Granite Tramway, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Up on Haytor Down, near Haytor Quarry, is a big lump of granite into which are carved the words Templer Way Haytor - Teignmouth. The Templer Way is a modern recreation trail following the route of the old Haytor Granite Tramway on which granite was transported from the high moor down to the...

Challacombe Medieval Hamlet, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Challacombe Medieval Hamlet, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

Dartmoor's most famous deserted medieval settlement sits below Hound Tor towards the eastern side of the National Park. An English Heritage site, it attracts plenty of visitors and bus loads of school kids learning about Dartmoor's past. Clearly, it's not the only deserted medieval settlement on Dar...

Bagtor Down, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Bagtor Down, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 2 miles away)

As you climb the B3387 from Bovey Tracey past Haytor Vale to the high moors, Haytor Down runs north of the road and Bagtor Down to the south. Note that the River Sig rises on Bagtor Down from two boggy sections of moorland. The western section is called Bag Tor Marsh and is best avoided. If you...