Through the centuries there have been several London Bridges. The most famous one (you know the one, sold to an American in the 60’s and shipped to Arizona) was built from Dartmoor Granite.
It’s construction started in 1825 and took 6 years to complete. By 1900, London Bridge had become so busy with traffic and pedestrians something needed to be done.
Huge Granite Corbels
In 1903 a Dartmoor Quarry was commissioned to extract over 1,500 tonnes of granite to make large Corbels to widen the bridge.
About 12 of these Corbels can be found on Dartmoor lying on the remains of the railway track just outside Swell Tor Quarry. Were they seconds or just surplus to requirements? Either way they make for an incredible sight with each measuring about 3m by 1m. Just another one of the many amazing things you stumble across when venturing out for a ramble on Dartmoor whilst staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage in Lustleigh
Good news for those with electric cars wanting to explore Dartmoor. The National Park Authority have installed a twin 7kw rapid charging point in the main car park for Haytor.
Haytor is Dartmoor’s most iconic tor, and only 5 miles from our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage. It is popular with locals and tourists alike. Indeed no holiday to Devon would be complete without a walk up Haytor.
The Dartmoor National Park Authority have come up with a series of walks to introduce people to Dartmoor. The walks have been designed for less confident walkers to explore Dartmoor. The clever people at the Authority have also allowed for refreshment stops “en route” to enrich the Dartmoor experience and support local businesses.
There are 6 walks available ranging from 3km (1 hour) to 10km (4 hours), each can be downloaded from the The DNPA website. Although there’s no need if you’re staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage. Not only do we provide a selection of local Dartmoor Walks at the cottage, we will add these also.
Devon Live have compiled a list of the 18 prettiest towns and villages in Devon. It’s no surprise that Lustleigh features highly on that list with both the Cleave Inn and the Primrose tea rooms being highighted.
Their top 5 prettiest places to visit are: Kenn, Beer, Lustleigh, Shaldon and Berrynabor. If you can only visit one during your Devon holiday be sure to visit Lustleigh. Unless of course you’re staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage in which case make sure you take a trip to Shaldon, one of our favourite places.
Well what a weekend for celebration this one has been. The latest easing of the lockdown has enabled Dartmoor Holiday Cottages to reopen.
We’re so thrilled to be able to welcome guests again. The last few months have been very sad having to disappoint some of our regular visitors.
To celebrate this good news, we’re extending our Dartmoor Price Freeze until 30th September. Which means, for the next 3 months, you can still book your 2021 holiday at Three Pound Cottage for 2020 prices!
The Times has compiled a list of the best 30 pub gardens to enjoy this summer. It really was no surprise to see one of our favourite Dartmoor pubs, the Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe, has been given the number one spot!
It is rightly deserved, they have a fantastic large garden with plenty of tables and seating. We always make sure we visit the Rugglestone Inn for a spot of lunch whenever we holiday at our self catering cottage in Lustleigh. In fact, a visit to Widecombe on a sunny day to have lunch at the Rugglestone is one of our recommended top 10 things to do whilst holidaying on Dartmoor.
As the country moves towards normality with the easing of the lockdown restrictions, restaurants and cafe’s are looking to reopen. In anticipation of when you can meet up with a friend or loved one for a cuppa and slice of cake, or even a Devon Cream Tea, Simone Stanbrook-Byrne has compiled a list of the 6 best tea rooms in Devon for Devon Life magazine.
It’s no surprise the Primrose Tea Rooms in Lustleigh features in the list. The idyllic setting in one of the prettiest Dartmoor villages combined with their excellent food and enchanting garden makes this Tea Rooms a firm favourite for guests staying at our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage. The bonus being that it is only a stones throw from the cottage’s front door.
We really do count ourselves lucky that our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage is in Lustleigh, one of the very few Dartmoor Villages with a great pub, super tea rooms and a well stocked shop, all three practically on the doorstep along with some amazing Dartmoor walks.
The recent changes to the lockdown measures now permit unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise as well as being able to drive anywhere to take that exercise. This means you can now visit Dartmoor to exercise and lift your spirits by taking in the stunning scenery and stimulating fresh air. Unfortunately the pubs remain closed as do the Dartmoor Visitor Centres, public toilets and of course you can not yet holiday on Dartmoor and enjoy staying at this perfect Dartmoor Holiday Cottage.
The Dartmoor National Park authority have reopened the car parks at Haytor, Meldon, Postbridge and Princetown. If you can enjoy exercising on Dartmoor, why not take inspiration from our Dartmoor Walks page, obviously the “Three Pub Walk” is less attractive at the moment.
Please stay safe and remember to maintain social distancing.
Despite being in lockdown, fresh flowers have continued to mysteriously appear on Kitty Jay’s grave. Those familiar with Dartmoor folklore will know that this special burial mound is tended by the Dartmoor Pixies out of sympathy for Kitty Jay’s sad tale – you can read all about Kitty Jay’s story on our Dartmoor Must See’s page.
When interviewed on the matter, ‘Pixie Pete’ stressed they were not breaking the lockdown rules as “tending the grave is part of our daily exercise, me ‘ansome”. Pete was pressed on the 2 meter social distancing rule, to which he explained “given we’re only 4 inches tall, we reckon 6 inches is ample social distancing, so we can easily have 20 to 30 of us pixies looking after Kitty Jay’s resting place in one go”.
Kitty Jay’s grave is just a short drive from our Dartmoor holiday cottage in Lustleigh, and really is a “must see“. Once we’re out of lockdown, and you can holiday in Dartmoor again, the Pixies would love to see you pay your respects to Kitty Jay and admire their careful work. They also recommend staying at Three Pound Cottage 🙂