Widecombe in the Moor
The village green, Widecombe
A gorgeous Dartmoor village located in a green dell below rocky tors. Widecombe was made popular by a famous rhyme, where 'Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all' were on their way to Widecombe Fair. The fair is still held annually in September.

The medieval parish church of St Pancras is known as the Cathedral of the Moors. It boasts some beautifully painted roof bosses, including a pagan Green Man and one depicting three rabbits chasing each other.

A few steps away from the church is 16th century Church House, now owned by the National Trust, housing a display of local heritage.

Widecombe is perfectly situated for many of Dartmoor's most popular walking trails. Just a few miles distant is Hound Tor, where a deserted medieval village lies below the rocky peak of the tor. Four miles distant is Grimspound, a Neolithic village enclosure.

On a relaxing note, I can highly recommend the Old Inn in Widecombe. When I visited, the landlord was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the local area, and I enjoyed an excellent cold pint of local brew in a sunny courtyard looking over the village green.