Widecombe-in-the-Moor Dartmoor
Newton Abbot
Devon TQ13 7TA
Widecombe-in-the-Moor is probably the best known of Dartmoor’s villages because of a 19th century folk tune ‘Widecombe Fair’.
It tells the sad story of Uncle Tom Cobley and a number of others all mounted on a grey mare trying to get to Widecombe Fair. The Fair is still held in September each year and is a popular event.
Heart of Dartmoor National Park
Widecombe is centrally located in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. It lies in the valley of the East Webbern River surrounded by rolling green farmland, with a spectacular backdrop of granite tors and moorland.
The parish of Widecombe is quite scattered but the village clusters around St Pancras church and a triangular shaped village ‘square’. The church was built in the 14th century in the Perpendicular style and is quite big inside earning it the nickname of the ‘Cathedral of the Moors’. Its tower is very high (120 feet/36 metres) and provides a prominent landmark for the surrounding area.
Tin Miners
The local tin mining trade funded enlargements to the church. The ceiling is decorated with a large number of roof bosses, some of which include the tin miner’s emblem of a circle of three hares chasing each other (known locally as the Tinners' Rabbits).
The church suffered considerable damage from lightening in 1638, reputedly the work of the Devil and several legends have grown up concerning the Devil and Widdecombe.
Just outside the church lych gate is the unusual 14th century arcaded Church House. Next door in the Sexton’s Cottage is the National Trust shop and Dartmoor National Park Information Centre. The village has several craft shops, a post office and places of refreshment including two pubs - The Old Inn and The Rugglestone Inn.
Uncle Tom Cobley & All
The Uncle Tom Cobley and All characters are featured on the delightful idiosyncratic Widdecombe sign as you enter the village. It is worth a photo.
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Getting There
- By Car
From Bovey Tracey on the A382, take the B3387 through Haytor Vale to Widecombe-in-the-Moor. There is a car park in the village.
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