Nestled within the Widecombe Valley and the lush rolling hills of Dartmoor, Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a small and pretty village most famed for its annual fair and well known folk song ‘Uncle Tom Cobley and All’. It’s a beautiful location for those wanting to leave the trappings of modern life behind and enjoy a relaxing break in a peaceful rural settlement.
Widecombe-in-the-Moor offers all the amenities you’d expect from a traditional South Devon location, with an array of craft shops, as well as a couple of tearooms and traditional local pubs. In the gift shops you’ll find a variety of souvenirs, some featuring characters from the song associated with the village.
Aptly named the ‘cathedral of the moors’ due to its 120ft tower, St Pancras Church is a beautiful 14 century building made of locally quarried granite. In its churchyard, you will find the burial site of Beatrice Chase, most famous for her Dartmoor based novels in the early and mid 20th century. The novelist died in 1955 and had lived in a cottage on the outskirts of the village.
Another well-known face to live in Widecombe-in-the-moor is that of John Earl. The former mountaineer come television presenter has written a variety of books, detailing the fantastic leisure walks of the Dartmoor countryside.
Because of its proximity to Dartmoor, Widecombe in the Moor is popular for walking holidays. For a thrilling and fast paced view of the moors, why not go by bike? Another option is the Llama walk, a guided tour of Dartmoor with a llama that’ll not only trek through the rugged landscape with you -but carry your packed lunch on his back!
The village often hosts a variety of markets in the historic Church House, which is owned by the National Trust. Once a month, on every fourth Saturday, there is an impressive display of local goods at the Widecombe Village Market. Here you’ll find delicious local produce ranging including honey, olive oil, cheese, chutneys, cakes and even plants!
During the summer months, there is also a regular craft fair every Thursday and on occasional Saturdays. A mixture of artists and craftsmen come together to showcase their work, such as jewellery pieces, photography and contemporary artwork, alongside linen, knitwear, scarves and ornate glassware and boxes.
Because of its proximity to Dartmoor, Widecombe in the Moor is popular for walking holidays.
If you’re heading on holiday with little ones in tow then make sure to stop off at Pixieland near Dartmeet. See how many Dartmoor pixies you can spot as you make your way around the beautiful gardens. You’ll also find gigantic toadstools, too big for pixies but just right for small humans! You can even take home your own Dartmoor pixie with a visit to the famous gift shop, which stocks everything from mugs and figurines to sheepskin rugs.
No matter what you plan to do during your holiday in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, whether you wish to stay in a cosy cottage or luxury country hotel, you’re sure to find something suitable for you in our collection.