The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor's most famous village

Widecombe-in-the-Moor is Dartmoor's most famous village. Easily accessible and located below some of the most beautiful moorland in the National Park, the area is packed with things to do and places to visit. Build your day around a pub lunch or cream tea in The Old Inn in the heart of the village.


Things to do around The Old 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 Old Inn in addition to the pub's great food and drink.


Explore Widecombe-in-the-Moor

First, cross the road from The Old Inn to the Sextons Cottage and Church House (National Trust). From there, pop into the superb Widecombe St Pancras Church. Look out for the model of The Uncle Tom Cobley Horse.

Next, wander over to the village green. Grab an ice cream. Visit the shops.



Having explored the village, we'd recommend walking up to Hamel Down. A skinny lane and then ancient track climb west of Widecombe-in-the-Moor to connect with the Two Moors Way. Follow the Two Moors Way to Hameldown Beacon and Hameldown Tor for quite exceptional views over Dartmoor.

Note that Hamel Down is a riot of colour in late summer when the heather and gorse flower purple and yellow.


Dartmoor's tors

If walking is your thing, also summit a few of the tors that surround Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Try the Honeybag, Chinkwell & Bell Tors Circular Walk.

Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor (East Dartmoor) are close by.


Horse riding

Go horse riding. Shilstone Rocks Horse Riding is just down the road from The Old Inn. Babeny Farm Riding Stables in a little further away (closed 2018)


Climbing and bouldering

All the surrounding tors and rocky outcrops provide the opportunity to go climbing or bouldering. Book a session with a local climbing company.


English Heritage

Explore Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement (English Heritage).

Note that there are plenty of others in the area including Hutholes Abandoned Medieval Settlement.



When visiting in Spring, enjoy the remarkable bluebell showing at Holwell Lawn.


The Ten Commandments Stones

Visit the quirky The Ten Commandments Stones. Many locals think the views from here are the best on Dartmoor.



Head down to the River Dart at Dartmeet.


Dartmoor's prehistory

Experience Dartmoor's internationally important prehistory. Start at Grimspound (English Heritage).