Its name derives from “withy-combe” which translates to Willow Valley. Nestled among Dartmoor’s impressive landscape, the village is home to beautiful old buildings, secluded cottages and farms. Widecombe-in-the-Moor offers a unique blend of rolling countryside and moorland, perfect for keen ramblers or romantic holidays.
Due to its iconic location in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, walkers will be in heaven here. Explore the various walking routes leading through one of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes. This is also a perfect opportunity to try horse riding across the moors.
Visiting Widecombe-in-the-Moor is like taking a step back in time. Its simple charm and rugged beauty attracts visitors throughout the year. The regular village market is a traditional event well worth attending. Offering locally sourced fruit, vegetables, cheeses, bread, cakes chutneys and meats, you’re guaranteed to find something tasty to cook up on your cottage holiday. The market takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month.Widecombe-in-the-Moor
If you’d like to dine out, Widecombe-in-the-Moor is home to two revered traditional pubs. The Rugglestone Inn is set within the unspoiled moorland and sits opposite a pretty stream, just outside the village. Its extensive, indulgent menu offers starters such as oven baked goats cheese in sherry and sultana dressing and mains consisting of steak and stilton pie with short crust pastry or fresh haddock fillet in beer batter with chips and peas. Wash it down with a pint of local ale or cider.
“Surrounded by moody moorland and rugged granite tors, Widecombe-in-the-Moor is an enchanting Devon village.”
At the heart of the village, you’ll find The Old Inn. With an equally decadent menu, expect dishes such as The Old Inn Dartmoor farmers beef burger with a toasted brioche bun or homemade fish pie with salmon, smoked haddock, white fish and prawns, topped with cheesy mash and bundle of seasonal vegetables. Meanwhile, on the uniquely triangular shaped village green, you’ll find The Café On The Green. This is a perfect spot to stop for lunch or a traditional Devon cream tea.
If you’re visiting the village in September, don’t miss out on Widecombe Fair. With shows, demonstrations, workshops and more, this is the local event of the year. Look out for bail tossing and rolling, lamb shearing and tug-of-war.