5 Villages in South Devon to Explore

Dartmoor Pony near Widecome-In-the-Moor, a village in South Devon
24th Oct 2018

South Devon is all about history, tradition and awesome scenery, and these quaint old villages have it all. Get cosy at Welcome Family’s Holiday Park and prepare for some serious exploring.

Beer

This picture-postcard seaside village is protected by stunning white chalk cliffs, so it’s sheltered from the worst of the weather all year round. Stroll along the coast path or head up to Jubilee Gardens above the beach; the view is truly spectacular. There’s a reason why this coastline is a World Heritage site, so don’t miss it!

Beer was once a smugglers cove but it’s much more civilised now. The local fishing boats are always busy, so if fresh mackerel is your thing, you’re in the right place. If you get peckish (and who doesn’t at the seaside?) there’s an irresistible selection of pubs, cafes and a seriously good fish and chip shop.

Lustleigh

Lustleigh is a perfect little village on the edge of Dartmoor, complete with windy streets, gorgeous thatched cottages and, of course, a tearoom and pub. The parish church dates from the 1200s – a reminder there’s been a settlement here for centuries.

There are wonderful walks from the village. Discover beautiful scenery on a ramble from Lustleigh Cleave, through ancient woodland and winding rivers to the waterfall at Horsham Steps. The panoramic views across the moor to Moretonhampstead are utterly breathtaking.

The Cleave Hotel is a good place to end the day. Relax in front of the welcoming fireplace and enjoy some delicious food and drink.

Cockington     

Wow, there’s so much to do in Cockington! The thatched cottages are just perfect, despite being centuries old. The Old Forge was even mentioned in the Domesday Book, and that was written in 1086!

There’s a comfy pub, but if cream teas are a priority (as they should be) head to the nearby tea garden – yummy! There’s an abandoned water mill, an ancient gamekeeper’s cottage and the old stocks – enough history for anyone.

Cockington Court manor house is nearby. This arts and crafts centre has plenty for everyone, with galleries, exhibits and artists’ workshops to discover. The surrounding gardens and parkland are perfect for stretching your legs and letting off steam.

Shaldon

This peaceful fishing village in South Devon has its own microclimate. The sandstone headland keeps the sea winds at bay, so temperatures are comfortable for most of the year. Shaldon is the place for strolling along the beach and watching the world go by.

The intriguing local shops sell homegrown produce and seaside souvenirs. When the sea air makes you hungry, there’s a good selection of traditional pubs, seaside fish and chips, bistros and family restaurants to keep you going.

Shaldon’s great for watersports. Have a go at canoeing, rowing or sailing, and if you fancy catching your own lunch you can even go on a fishing trip.

Widecombe-in-the-Moor

Widecombe is the gateway to Dartmoor and there are loads of brilliant walks from the village. From steep paths through gorse and heather to rocky tors and sweeping vistas, there’s so much to discover. Stephen Spielberg liked it so much he filmed War Horse here.

Look out for the Dartmoor ponies at Widecombe. These lovable locals have been here since the Middle Ages, so they know their way around. Exploring by pony is great fun, and you can have lessons as well.

St Pancras church is Widecombe’s most famous landmark. This ‘Cathedral of the Moors’ has a 120-foot tower that you can see for miles.

Which of these 5 villages in South Devon will you explore first?

Welcome Family’s excellent holiday park is perfect for discovering these South Devon gems. Simply book online or call us on 03451 656265.