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Widecombe

Widecombe in the Moor lies in a pretty, isolated Dartmoor valley, surrounded by high tors, and a distinctive patchwork of fields. To the west dominating the village is the ancient ridgeway of Hambledon, with its five Bronze Age barrows.

 

As Widecombe is approached from the east, over the brow of the hill the view is breathtaking. A vista of ancient verdant fields opens up before our eyes, with the prominent church of St Pancras straight ahead.

 

The 14th century church is known as the Cathederal of the Moor due to its 120 foot tower, and picturesque aspect. The Church of St Pancras was built from locally quarried granite.

 

In 1638 during a great thunderstorm a bolt of lightening is said to have blasted its way through the church killing 4 people and injuring over 60 more.

 

Nowadays there are two fine cafes and two pubs in the village, serving food of a very good quality, and excellent real ales. The Old Inn is said to date back 700 years.

 

There is a traditional village green where the famous Dartmoor ponies can be seen grazing. Close by are located the splendid Church House, once the brewery for the production of church ales, and the Sexton's Cottage which now houses the National Trust shop.

 

After many years absence there is again a working forge in the village.

 

Every secord Tuesday in September the famous Widecombe Fair takes place, with Uncle Tom Cobley and all. A magnificent great day out.

 

Its location makes it an excellent base for exploring Dartmoor, or just for a chilled relaxing day out, Widecombe is truly the "Heart of the Moor."

 

If you are visiting I am about 100 yards from the village green, where you will find two reasonably priced car parks.