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

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

Award-winning pub

The Rugglestone Inn was voted one of the best UK country pubs in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. It's a great pub in a superb setting.



Situated on the edge of Widecombe in the Moor in the east section of Dartmoor, The Rugglestone Inn is close to the most popular village in the National Park. Haytor Rocks, Hound Tor (East Dartmoor) and The Ten Commandments Stones are all in the local area.

The B3387 climbs from the Dartmoor gateway town Bovey Tracey to Haytor Rocks and then Widecombe-in-the-Moor. A skinny moorland road runs south east from the centre of the village to the pub. This section of Dartmoor is easily accessible from Exeter, The English Riviera and South Devon.

We've positioned The Rugglestone Inn on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.



There's a car park across the road from the pub that's clearly visible on Google's satellite imagery. You can also wander down from one of the car parks in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.


Pub garden

The pub garden is in front of the pub. Perfect on long summer evenings.


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



Explore the moors and tors just above The Rugglestone Inn to the east and north east. Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor (East Dartmoor) are the most obvious, and popular, tors to visit in the local area.

Hamel Down also provides superb walking. A narrow country lane runs west of Widecombe-in-the-Moor and turns into a track that climbs gently to the southern end of Hamel Down. This connects with the Two Moors Way that rises to Hameldown Beacon. Immense views from up there. Highly recommended.


Horse riding

Book a trip with Shilstone Rocks Horse Riding. It's also great fun to ride out from Babeny Farm Riding Stables (closed late 2018).


Dartmoor's most popular village

Wander up the road to Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Pop into its famous church and the National Trust's Sexton's Cottage and Church House.



The tors and rocky outcrops above The Rugglestone Inn are popular with climbers and boulderers. Book a lesson with a local outdoor adventure company.


Local views

Enjoy exceptional views. Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor are favourites.


English Heritage

Visit Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement (English Heritage). Note that there are plenty of others in the area including Hutholes Abandoned Medieval Settlement.

Grimspound (English Heritage) is a little further away at the northern end of Hamel Down.



Discover Dartmoor's prehistory. In addition to Grimspound (English Heritage), experience the National Park's internationally important prehistory. Browse our Best Dartmoor Prehistoric Sites listing for inspiration.


Ten Commandments Stones

Visit the quirky The Ten Commandments Stones.



In Spring, Holwell Lawn has one of the best bluebell showings in the National Park.


Heather and gorse

In late Summer, Hamel Down is known for the purple and yellow flowering of its heather and gorse.


Dartmoor's rivers

Last, Dartmoor is famous for its rivers. Drop down to the River Dart at Dartmeet.