Towns & Villages - North Dartmoor
North Dartmoor tends to be more rugged and wild than some other areas, which makes it a wonderful habitat for much of the flora and fauna found less commonly elsewhere.
A fair part of the north moor can be rather boggy and requires perhaps a little more care than some of the more southern regions, but the rewards can be some of the most stunning scenery!
Main towns and villages up on the northern area include Okehampton, Sticklepath, Sourton, Meldon, South Zeal and Lydford.
Although most of this area is common land and open for access there are several military ranges, so it is important to check for firing dates and time before setting out on a walk. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dartmoor-firing-programme
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A small village between Hatherleigh and Sampford Courtenay with a beautiful country church.
A traditional market town nestling in the northern foothills of Dartmoor, Okehampton is a great place for the outdoor enthusiast.
Pretty village below Sourton Tors at the edge of the orthern Moor.
Inn with rogue architecture and bizarre curiosities.
19thC iceworks on the flank of the Tor once supplied ice to Plymouth fishermen.
A pretty village pleasantly situated on the banks of the small River Taw, just four miles from Okehampton. South Tawton was mentioned in the Domesday Book and known then as ‘East Ash'.
A beautiful medieval village just 5 minutes off the A30. With two Inns and a thriving Village Store and Post Office, with walks up to Dartmoor and a unique Neolithic Carved Standing Stone called the South Zeal Menhir around which was con
One of the earliest villages to be built by the Saxons in West Devon. It is rumoured that Athelstan (first King of all England and Alfred the Great’s grandson) held court here in 931AD. Jacobean Manor, Lewtrenchard Hotel, was built in 1600 nearby.
A secluded village that dates back to the late 9th century. The vilalge is dominated by the castle which dates back to 1195.
Bowling Green Lane, Hatherleigh
Hatherleigh is a place apart - an ancient town of cob and thatch cottages situated in the heart of rural Devon in one of the few places where tranquility can still be found and the stars seen at night.
Pony trekking and walking base. Pretty village near open moorland. Thatched houses surround green with stocks beside stone commemorating the coronation of George V.
Small hamlet near the rivers of Okement and Torridge. St Petroc’s Church with it's bell tower.
Sampford Courtenay was the seat of the Prayer book Rebellion in 1549. A plaque commemorates William Helyons, who was killed on the steps of the church house. In St Andrews church nearby, a history of the rebellion is displayed.
Tom Cobley from the famous song was rumoured to have lived in Spreyton during the 17thC and is buried in the churchyard.
Neat little village on wooded edge of Moor. Famous among geologists for Sticklepath Fault. Seven waterwheels once powered machinery to produce tools far agriculture and mining. Busy industrial village from 17thC and home to 200 Quakers.
A small village close to Okehampton, with several small granite quarries located nearby.
The Granite Way cycle track between Okehampton and Lydford crosses the Meldon viaduct and is simply stunning.
Charming village with two ancient crosses and St Thomas church.