Local Towns & Villages on Dartmoor
Immortalised by the well known song "Uncle Tom Cobley and All", Widecombe must be the best known village on Dartmoor. A picturesque village with village green, pubs, cafés and the fine 16th century St Pancras Church.
The only true town on the moor, Princetown is famous for Dartmoor Prison, built by French prisoners of war in the early 19th century. Also famous as the town where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began writing the Hounds of the Baskervilles in what is now the High Moorland Visitor Centre. Princetown has several pubs and cafés together with the Dartmoor Prison Museum.
Birth place of Sir Francis Drake, Tavistock is a charming market town just off the moor and situated on the River Tavy. It has an abundance of small interesting shops and the popular covered Pannier Market is claimed to be the best in the country.
Our nearest hamlet is most famous for its 13th century Clapper Bridge, the largest on the moor. Postbridge also has its own visitor & information centre and a small village shop and post office.
Known as "The Jewel in a Granite Setting", Chagford probably has more to offer than any other village around Dartmoor. As well as several pubs, hotels & cafés, Chagford has many interesting shops, arts & crafts galleries and the 15th century St Michael's Parish Church. Strangely enough the village is renown by the locals for its two hardware shops that have been in existence for over 100 years and "sell everything".