Dartmoor Must See’s

 Becky Falls (4 miles from the cottage)

One of Devon’s top beauty spots, Becky Falls is situated in an ancient valley and provides woodland and waterfall walks.  Please note there is an admission charge.

 Bowerman’s Nose (6 miles from the cottage)

An awesome stack of weathered granite on the northern slopes of Dartmoor’s Hayne Down close to Manaton.  Folklore tells us that it was created by witches turning Bowerman and his pack of hounds to stone. Although a 6 mile drive from the cottage, you can get there by taking a rewarding 4 mile walk straight from the cottage cutting across the Cleave heading towards Water – but remember, it is a 4 mile hike back!

 Buckland in the moor (11 miles from the cottage)

Situated on the edge of the moor with a medieval church, this village is considered one of Devon’s dream villages – almost as good as Lustleigh.  If you’re looking for something interesting take a closer look at the church’s clock face.

Canonteign Falls (6 miles from the cottage)

At 220ft, Canonteign Falls is the highest waterfall in England and stunning.  As with Becky Falls, it has been developed into an attraction so there is an admission charge but you can get a discount voucher from their website.

Haytor (5 miles from the cottage)

Probably the most visited Tor on Dartmoor, Haytor features in numerous postcards, sketches, paintings and photographs.  Given its close proximity to the road it’s an ideal place to get great views across the moors without a long walk.  Of course there are some good easy walks around Haytor – the Granite Tramway, which was used to transport granite from the quarry down to Stover, is a popular one with both locals and visitors.  Haytor is also very popular with climbers with several routes to the top including an easy one for non-climbers.

Kitty Jay’s Grave (7 miles from the cottage)

Kitty Jay was only a young servant girl but she has since become famous in Dartmoor folklore and ghost stories.  She was seduced by the squire’s son and fell pregnant.  After being thrown out of work she became desolate and deserted.  Sadly Kitty committed suicide and was found hanging in one of the barns at Canna farm.  Like so many suicides of her time she could not be buried on consecrated ground, so she lies in a raised grave at the intersection of a road and a moorland track forming a junction of three parishes: Manaton, North Bovey and Widecombe.  On some moonlit nights a dark figure has been seen kneeling at Jay’s grave.  Legend says that every day you will find fresh flowers on Jay’s grave yet nobody has ever been seen leaving them – some say it is the work of Dartmoor pixies who tend the grave out of sympathy.

Spitchwick (16 miles from the cottage)

Spitchwick Common is a very popular spot on Dartmoor for families.  You can swim in the river, picnic/bbq and explore.

The Ten Commandment Stones (9 miles from the cottage)

In 1928, local landowner William Whitely commissioned God’s commandments to be inscribed onto two large granite slabs on Buckland Beacon.  It took the stonemason WA Clement 5 ½ weeks working 9 ½ hours a day to cut the 1,547 letters and cost the princely sum of £50!  In addition to the ten commandments, there is a short poem and a quotation from the Gospel of St John.

Widecombe in the moor (9 miles from the cottage)

Famous for its annual fair in September and “Uncle Tom Cobley an’ all” of course!  Widecombe also boasts an impressive church known as “the cathedral of the moor” which was visited by the devil, according to the “Evil Rider” legend.

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