Manaton - A quiet village on the south eastern side of Dartmoor.
Did you know that the author John Galsworthy stayed at Wingstone Farm 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 Tor. 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 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.
This is a pleasantly converted old granary barn on a working farm with impressive views overlooking Hayne Down and up to Bowerman's Nose on the horizon. A prime position for walkers to enjoy the Moors. With free range hens, so children are welcome to collect eggs. All bedrooms are on the ground floor - double bedroom, a twin and a single room are on offer plus cot and highchair provided. Linen & towels are included. Ample off road parking and dogs are welcome.
Three high standard holiday lets in the middle of Dartmoor some four miles from Widecombe-in-the-Moor within a 400 acre farm with nearby walks on Dartmoor. BBQ areas. Log fires, dishwashers, power showers, central heating etc.
This quality 2 room bed and breakfast has breathtaking panoramic view across Dartmoor, Holwell Bungalow is an architects Eco design house, set in the Becka Brook Valley at the foot of Haytor. Each of the two newly decorated rooms has a larger than average en-suite, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, free sat TV and most important those guaranteed views over Dartmoor and their 23 acres of fields. Being believers of 'keeping it local' breakfast will consist of eggs from their own chickens and bread made fresh by hand. All welcome - walkers, cyclists or those just wanting to relax and unwind.
There are some super rooms with equally super bathrooms here at Eastwrey Barton. It's in such a special valley on Dartmoor. Spring and Autumn are just heavenly here. This is a country hotel with evening dining and a licenced bar. Enjoy your gin and tonic on the south facing terrace taking in the view of the large attractive well tended garden. Off road car park.