Bimbling around Dartmoor, it’s obvious why so many walkers and canoers love the area. There are miles of dramatic walks across the moor, hills and tors as far as the eye can see and stunning views at every turn, broken only occasionally by the River Dart or a quaint village.
From our base at Hannah’s near Newton Abbot, we drove up the winding roads towards Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Once you cross the cattle grid, you’re met with steep climbs, ancient woods with trees as high as skyscrapers and sweeping vistas you wouldn’t expect to find in England.
Also, I love when you pull over to savour the moment, a Dartmoor pony is never far away, they clearly have the tourist thing of to a fine art.
Eventually, after what seemed like endless twists and turns, we arrived in Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Like most villages in Dartmoor, it has, at least, two pubs The Old Inn and The Rugglestone Inn, a church and a couple of shops.
Frankly, what else do you need?
The endearing thing about Dartmoor villages is, they’re not theme parks and they feel untouched by progress.
Widecombe-in-the-Moor typifies this uniqueness. The village is set around the green, the skyline dominated by St Pancras church, known locally as “The Cathedral of the Moors”. Dotted around the village green are a tea room, cafe, craft shop, village shop and the pub.
The National Trust own the Church House, next to the church, if it’s open, pop in for local information and enquire about the legend of Uncle Tom Cobley.
Throughout the year, the village holds numerous markets, craft fairs and, of course, the world famous Widecombe Fair, it’s best to check the village website for dates.
As for accessibility, it was quite easy because it isn’t very big. You can push a wheelchair around the green without too much trouble, I can’t vouch for access in the church, shop, cafe or pubs because we didn’t use them.
Widecombe-in-the-Moor is definitely worth a visit, the drive up, the ambiance and the quaintness all add to its charm. We arrived late in the day so didn’t see it in full swing. I would imagine the best days to visit are on the market or fair days when you’ll get to enjoy the village at its best.
Whilst we were in Dartmoor we also visited:
You can see our full itinerary here: Our Accessible Dartmoor Road Trip
And we stayed in:
Disclaimer: We were in Dartmoor on a familiarisation trip with Dartmoor Accommodation