Five Fabulous Places to Visit in Dartmoor

Dartmoor National Park is made up of wide stretches of wild moorlands and beautiful deep river valleys and has plenty of hidden nooks and crannies to explore. We here at Boutique Retreat love this stunning area of Britain and have conjured up our list of five of our favourite places to visit in Dartmoor - a tough feat for such a beautiful part of the country!

An adorable little hamlet filled with thatched houses, friendly neighbours and a stunning church in the centre of it all, Lustleigh is the perfect quintessential English village. Filled with gorgeous period properties, a sweet little tea room and a wonderfully traditional pub, this Devonian village is any explorer’s and photographer’s dream. Beyond the village, foodies will find a fine array of places to eat, particularly Gidleigh Park, holder of two Michelin stars. Dog-friendly and plenty of walks in the area, you can easily lose your afternoon walking through this charming village and the beautiful grounds beyond.

Nestled in Teign Valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park is this colourful and vibrant market town. Filled with 15th and 16th century buildings and thatched cottages, Chagford is bursting with rich history and unique folklore with historical landmarks nearby such as Castle Drago and the town’s very own St Michael's Church. Chagford also boasts modern delights such as unique independent shops, its exciting annual six-day film festival as well as a wealth of fabulous places to eat and drink. In the warmer months, take a dip in the outdoor natural swimming pool which is fed by the picturesque River Teign; the largest open-air swimming pool in the South West!

Don’t let this village’s sleepy persona fool you; regular village and craft markets, as well as its extravagant fair - this dazzling village has a lot going on! The Widecombe Fair is hosted every year and showcases Devon’s best livestock and produce and offers the chance to buy quirky and unique arts and crafts as well as providing a pony ride or two! There is a wonderful range of eateries to enjoy from the Wayside Café which has be run by the same family for 38 years, Rugglestone Inn – a gorgeous rustic cottage serving home favourites – and of course the popular Old Inn, found in the centre of the village itself.

Cute and quirky, Buckfastleigh is oozing with character and charm. A historic mill town, Buckfastleigh is known for its iconic Abbey, famous Tonic Wine and colourful properties. There are a range of adorable shops, including a delightful farmer’s shop that sells local produce, and a plenty of pubs to hunker down in with a pint on a rainy day. One must also not forget about The Riverford Field Kitchen, Pennywell Farm and The South Devon Railway which are all on the doorstep of Buckfastleigh which makes for an exciting trip out for everyone.

This gorgeous Devonian village lies on the edge of Dartmoor, tucked away in the valley of River Hem and is just 4 miles north of Totnes. A wonderful community-based village, Broadhempston offers smiles and light banter inside its two tasty pub and its award-winning farm shop. Where this village is situated is ideal for exploring the best of both worlds; being right on the edge of Dartmoor and a short drive from the south coast you can treat yourself either to a day of country walking or a day lounging at the beach. A short drive from Totnes, Paignton and Torquay, Broadhempston is the perfect base for a family or a couple looking to keep active and busy during their stay in Devon.

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