Hennock, Dartmoor National Park

Hennock, Dartmoor National Park
  • Village in the gorgeous, under-visited north eastern section of Dartmoor National Park
  • Enjoy a pub lunch at The Palk Arms. If history and culture are of interest, pop over the road to Hennock St Mary's Church which has some magnificent 15th century paintings on its rood screen
  • Visit England's highest waterfall at Canonteign Falls. Walk the stunning cluster of reservoirs just north west of Hennock
  • Drop down to the Dartmoor gateway town Bovey Tracey and spend time at its many visitor attractions. Head up to Dartmoor's most famous tors Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor
  • Drive to the heart of Dartmoor on the A382 and B3212 or follow the A382 south east to South Devon and The English Riviera. Exeter and the stunning Exe Estuary are also nearby
  • Main photo: Hennock's magnificent 15th century paintings on its rood screen 


Where is Hennock in Dartmoor National Park?

The A382 runs diagonally between Bovey Tracey and Whiddon Down. The north eastern section of Dartmoor National Park is situated to the east of this road. It’s a gorgeous, under-visited area with wooded valleys, reservoirs and rolling countryside. Hennock is one of its prettiest villages.


Directions to Hennock

Drive the A38 to the Bovey Tracey area. Either take the A382 to Bovey Tracey or the B3193 into the Teign Valley. Follow the skinny country lanes from either direction to Hennock.

If you’re coming from the heart of Dartmoor, drive the A382 to Bovey Tracey and then, once again, follow the skinny country lanes to Hennock.

There are many country lanes leading to Hennock. Those passing the cluster of reservoirs north west of Hennock are particularly nice to drive.

We’ve positioned Hennock on Google maps. Zoom in on the ‘Satellite’ setting to see its location and the many country lanes you can drive to the village.


Parking in Hennock

There’s a relatively recently built community car park across the road from The Palk Arms by Hennock St Mary’s Church churchyard. Visitors are welcome to use it.


Why holiday or weekend break in Hennock?

To help you choose the Hennock area, we’ve listed some of the local attractions below.


The Palk Arms in Hennock

Enjoy a pub lunch in The Palk Arms which is located in the heart of the village across the road from Hennock St Mary's Church.


Hennock St Mary’s Church in Hennock

If history and culture are of interest, pop into Hennock St Mary's Church. The church is known for the paintings on its rood screen. Though restored during the twentieth century, these date back to the middle of the 15th century. Beautiful.


Canonteign Falls near Hennock

Spend a day at Canonteign Falls near Hennock. On the eastern border of Dartmoor National Park, Canonteign Falls is a popular family day out.

Promoted as 'England's highest waterfall', there's a super circular walk up to 'Buzzards View', the high ground from which the water falls into the valley below. The views from here across the Teign Valley are superb. The circular walk continues down through beautiful woods to the lake where you'll find a good cafe and gift shop.

There's a children's play section and plenty of open grassy areas. They serve a great cream tea at the cafe.


Tottiford, Trenchford and Kennick reservoirs near Hennock

Visit the cluster of reservoirs to the north west of Hennock. Tottiford, Trenchford and Kennick are particularly beautiful in autumn.


Blackingstone Rock near Hennock

Blackingstone Rock is a Dartmoor beauty spot near Tottiford, Trenchford and Kennick reservoirs. The views from up top are huge but Dartmoor's north moor, including High Willhays and Yes Tor, is the highlight.


Bovey Tracey from Hennock

Drop down to the Dartmoor gateway town Bovey Tracey and visit some of the many attractions in the local area. The House of Marbles and The Devon Guild of Craftsmen are great.


The Haytor Rocks area from Hennock

Take the B3387 from Bovey Tracey to Haytor Vale. Walk up to Dartmoor's most famous tor Haytor Rocks. Hound Tor is across the valley.

Continue to the moorland village Widecombe-in-the-Moor.


Lustleigh and Lustleigh Cleave from Hennock

Visit the beautiful village Lustleigh and walk Lustleigh Cleave.

Lustleigh Cleave is one of the most beautiful steep-sided valleys in Dartmoor National Park. The views from Hunters Tor at the top of the cleave are amazing. You'll see the village North Bovey, the luxury hotel Bovey Castle and Dartmoor's north moor.


The Teign Valley from Hennock

Drive the B3193 up the Teign Valley to Dunsford.

Walk Dunsford Wood and Dunsford Nature Reserve. Known locally for their amazing early show of wild daffodils after winter.


Fingle Woods, Fingle Bridge and the Teign Gorge from Hennock

Continue to Fingle Woods and the Dartmoor beauty spot Fingle Bridge with Fingle Bridge Inn and then the Teign Gorge.


The National Trust’s Castle Drogo from Hennock

Discover the last castle to be built in England which is located on a spur of land at the mouth of the magnificent Teign Gorge (National Trust) in the north east section of Dartmoor National Park. 


Dartmoor’s high moor from Hennock

The easiest way to experience Dartmoor's high moor is to drive the B3212 trans-moorland road that climbs west of Moretonhampstead.


Haldon Forest Park from Hennock

If you have kids, spend a day at Haldon Forest Park.

Haldon Forest Park has numerous tracks and pathways for bike riding, walking or running without the danger of traffic. You'll find a Go Ape and Go Segway there as well. There's plenty of parking, a cafe and toilets.


Driving the A38 to the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh area from Hennock

Hennock is situated close to the A38. Make the most of the location and drive down to the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh area.

Discover the Dart Gorge and Spitchwick.

Visit top Dartmoor and South Devon visitor attractions including Buckfast Abbey, the South Devon Railway, Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, Pennywell Farm and the River Dart Country Park.


Driving the A38 to Exeter and the Exe Estuary from Hennock

Head in the other direction to Exeter. Visit some of the Westcountry's best historical and cultural visitor attractions in the city. Exeter Cathedral and Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) are superb. Take a tour of the unique Exeter's Underground Passages.

Wander down to Exeter's Historic Quayside and then walk or cycle down to the Exe Estuary. Stunning place.


Exploring South Devon from Hennock

Explore South Devon. Discover The English Riviera, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Totnes.

See our sister site Love South Devon for more information.


Other towns and villages near Hennock

For villages, try Lustleigh, Haytor Vale and Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

For towns, try Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead. Chagford is up the road from Moretonhampstead. We'd also recommend visiting Ashburton and Buckfastleigh.