Manaton A quiet village on the south eastern side of Dartmoor.
Did you know that the author John Galsworthy stayed at Wingstone Farm (now a Bed and Breakfast
see below) in 1922 whilst writing The Forsythe Saga ? Many authors have used Dartmoor as the inspiration
for their books, probably the most well know being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famous for his Hound
of the Baskervilles murder story, and Agatha Christie, the 'Queen of Crime' who features Dartmoor
in all 3 of her whodunnits, 'The Big Four', 'Dead Man's Folly' and 'The Sittaford Mystery'.
Several really attractive walks start from the Manaton area especially the walk around Lustleigh Cleave and nearby Rippon tour. Get hold of a good map and park at St. Winifred's Church car park. Long and short walks abound.
Manaton to Lustleigh is a good leg stretch. With the Primrose tearooms or the Cleave Inn at Lustleigh (see my food review) as midway places to eat. There and back will take you about 3 to 4 hours. Hound Tor, Jay's Grave and Grimspound are all walkable but I must stress that a good map is the key to the best day out. Not only will you know where you are going, but you can recognise points of interest along the way, for instance the site of the Bronze Age settlement of 24 huts at Grimspound, which is acknowledged to be one of the outstanding bronze age sites in Britain.
If you walk to Widecombe you might enjoy, as I did, the Rugglestone Inn. See my Rugglestone food review.
See my review of Manaton's produce market, plus a food review of The Kestor Inn, and my walking page.
Also my ££ discount vouchers page for nearby Becky Falls
This light and airy B&B is on a working farm in the quaint village of Manaton in the heart of Dartmoor.
Offering stabling for your horse £7 per night. Walk straight out onto the Moor,and take a look at Bowerman's Nose
which is on the horizon from the house. There is also a weekly self catering cottage that sleeps 5,
so all in all Wingstone can comfortably take a party of up to 10 guests
Bed and breakfast from £30 per night per person. Treat yourself to a hearty full English breakfast on the farm...
Well off the beaten track. Dartmoor in essence. Very peaceful. Guaranteed to see buzzards, ponies and wildlife galore.
Christina offers supper at £16 for 2 courses. Recent changes to the house mean that there is now one twin room with
en-suite plus 2 single rooms, so this would be just right for a family of four.
Children Welcome, Dogs Welcome.
In the double room the cost for bed and breakfast overnight is £35 and is reduced to £33 for 3 nights and over.
A double bedroom, a twin and a single room are on offer at Wingstone holiday cottage, plus cot and highchair provided.
Linen & towels included. Ample off road parking and dogs are welcome. This is a pleasantly converted old granary barn
on a working beef farm with impressive views overlooking Hayne down and up to Bowerman's Nose on the horizon
All prices are on the website. From as low as £320 off peak to £800 Summer weeks in 2014. 3 night breaks prices too
Traveline have a very easy to use link to find your MANATON bus timetable.
Simply type your starting point, destination, and the relevant travel
dates into the boxes to find the bus you need. It's brilliant !! →
Find local ££ cash points here →
Find the right map of the Manaton
area click this link →