Newton Abbot
Devon TQ13 9TQ 
Tucked under the eastern edge of Dartmoor, between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead is the unspoilt village of Lustleigh.
Lying in the wooded Wrey Valley, thatched, rose-covered cottages nestle around the 13th century church of St John the Baptist Church, Lustleigh, the village green and a Celtic cross. The neighbouring area of Wreyland has many attractive thatched buildings and is now considered part of Lustleigh. The reason this village is not swarming with tourists is because there is no car park. Visitors need to walk to the village along the Wreyland Way.
Primrose Cottage Tea Room
Primrose Cottage in the centre of the village is a yellow-washed thatched tea room. A little further through the village is the 16th century Cleave Inn, another thatched building providing refreshments.
Apart from its Devonshire charm the village is best known for its May Day Celebrations held on the first Saturday in May. This ancient custom was revived in 1905 and features a procession, traditional songs, Maypole and Morris dancing. Another popular event is the local Lustleigh Show held in August.
Before recorded history, the Wrey Valley, woods and Lustleigh were all part of an estate manor and remained so until the 19th century. The selling off of the estate has led to the unusual situation of several of the Lustleigh properties actually being owned by the village such as The Gospel Hall and The Dairy (village shop and post office).
Inhabited since Pre-historic Times
There is evidence of habitation since pre-historic times with remains of stone hut circles in the valley, an Iron-Age hill fort on Hunter's Tor, and a 6th century burial monument, the "Datuidoc's Stone", now on display in the church.
There are many lovely walks through the woods, alongside rushing streams, across boulder-strewn fields, on to the moor. You may be lucky enough to glimpse wild deer or a rare butterfly. In early June the slopes are covered in masses of bluebells and foxgloves.
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If you are feeling energetic click on the following link for directions Web: AA Walks around Lustleigh
A less energetic walk can be taken along the old railway track bed between Lustleigh and Bovey Tracey. The Lustleigh station house is visible from the old railway bridge at Brookfield, as are the Brookfield, Caseley and Knowle bridges.
Get a taste for real village life by visiting Lustleigh.
Plan Your Visit
Further Information
Getting There
- By Car
The village is almost halfway between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead on the A382. The A382 is the west side of a triangle formed by the A30 from Exeter to Okehampton and the A38 from Exeter to Buckfastleigh. Lustleigh is about a mile off the A382 on the west.
- Car Parking
There is no public carpark. Visitors need to walk to the village along the Wreyland Way.
Google Map - Lustleigh Village