The gently bustling and picturesque Dartmoor town of Moretonhampstead offers visitors plenty to do and see all year round as well as being a perfect location for exploring the wild and beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Where travelling by car, or enjoying a walking or cycling holiday on Dartmoor, you’ll find a choice of charming Devon holiday cottages in Moretonhampstead and barn conversions in which to relax after a day in the open (and very fresh) air.
Between May and September, Moretonhampstead’s outdoor solar heated swimming pool is an attractive location to spend an afternoon. The pool is surrounded by grassy terraces perfect for picnic and separate toddlers pool. It is fed by the clean fresh waters of the River Teign, which also offers a choice of pools for some wild swimming and paddling such as at Fingle Bridge.
Stock up on freshly baked loaves at the towns own bakery and try to avoid the temptation to stay for a Devonshire cream tea (cream goes on first – jam on top). Foodies will enjoy a night out at the Michelin recommended Horse Inn in the centre of town.
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Nestling close to the centre of Dartmoor allows visitors to easily reach the north and south parts of Dartmoor. The North is the less populated area offiering larger expanses of wilerness, compared to the south which has easily accessible Tors and some beautiful 'chocolate box' villages and quaint rustic pubs serving up fine food and local ales.
Moretonhampstead has a Motor Museum featuring a collection of nearly 100 classic veteran and vintage vehicles It would be easy to spend an entire holiday exploring Dartmoor on foot, sauntering up to its distinct tors, paddling in tiny chuckling streams or meandering through woods of gnarled and stunted oak trees. Within a very short drive is England’s ‘last castle to be built’, Castle Drogo, a recently restored National Trust property built in the 1930’s. With gardens and rooms designed by Sir Edwin Luytens it’s a fascinating place to visit for a tour of the castle and a walk along the Teign Gorge.
During the year there are plenty of events, including traditional fireworks displays in November and. Plan a weekend break in late March and enjoy the wonderful Moretonhampstead Flag Festival and work with artists in designing and creating a flag yourself as well as marveling at the amazing display of creative flags flown throughout the town turning it into a huge outdoor gallery for a few colourful days. If you are in town in late August immerse yourself in the activities held during carnival week, It’s not just for locals, visitors are welcome to participate as well. The big festival of the year is Chagstock which occupies a 70-acres Dartmoor site for two days every July and features a line-up of top UK artists within a very friendly atmosphere in a stunning location near Chagford. If you miss the Festival – Chagford itself is another pretty little town with traditional shops and some superb restaurants to tempt you away from your holiday cottage’s kitchen.
Further afield, it’s an easy drive to Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Visit during Fair weeks and meet a host of latter-day Tom Cobleys’ or the charming little village of Lustleigh (try the local ginger beer). It’s a beautiful village to explore and, it comes as no surprise, has a delightful range of tea rooms and pubs serving up delicious menus of local produce.
Princetown, perhaps known best for its famous prison has lately become popular with artists and crafts people resulting in some lovely galleries opening up such as the Green Hills Gallery and featuring some truly inspirational artwork inspired by this remote Moorland location. Walk the track bed of the old railway line and see the large granite corbels cut for the building of London Bridge but never made the journey. A most popular pastime on Dartmoor is Letterboxing – tracking down hundreds of ‘letterboxes’ hidden in all sorts of locations. Most contain a little rubber ink stamp to apply to your map. Many people leave self-addressed postcards with space for those next to find the box to add a few comments and post them back to you.
All in all, Moretonhampstead will appeal to families, walkers, wildlife lovers or anyone wanting to be inspired by its surrounding Dartmoor locations – and wishing to stay in a quaint, warm and comfortable holiday cottage.