Moretonhampstead is a small market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. It is noted for having the longest single-word name in England. The town has a Parish Church, local shops, several pubs and cafés which are popular with walkers visiting the area as well as those staying in a holiday rental in Moretonhampstead. It makes an ideal base for exploring Devon and Dartmoor, within easy reach of the coastal beaches, the cities of Plymouth and Exeter and the surrounding beautiful countryside.
One fun pursuit which is unique to Dartmoor is letterboxing. It is a type of treasure hunting and people have hidden ‘letterboxes’ all over Dartmoor. Guidebooks can be bought listing clues to letterbox locations and when discovered, the letterboxes usually hold a visitor’s book for signing, and a rubber stamp which can be used to stamp the finder’s record book. The stamp and visitor’s book are then hidden again for the next seeker.Walking
The most common pastime on Dartmoor is hill walking, and visitors should come well prepared with proper hiking boats for the rough, sometimes wet terrain. The spectacular scenery and remoteness draw many walkers to the area.Climbing
The granite tors of Dartmoor provide challenges for climbers of all abilities, particularly around Haytor and Leigh Tor.
Becky Falls is Devon’s Top Beauty spot and is very family orientated. The spectacular natural falls in the river valley are the main attraction and there are also animal attractions and an indoor theatre where shows are held daily.Exeter
Exeter is worthy of a full day trip and is about 11 miles from your Moretonhampstead holiday home rental. Take a guided walking tour of the city to learn the history behind the historic buildings. Visitors can explore the ancient Cathedral founded in 1050 and the beautiful Guildhall which is the oldest municipal building in use in England today.
Castle Drogo is just 3 miles from your Moretonhampstead holiday home. This magnificent country house was built around 1910 to a design by Edward Lutyens and is now managed by the National Trust. As well as having a decorative interior, the formal gardens are full of colour with rhododendrons, magnolias and herbaceous borders.
Located in the West Country, the area around Moretonhampstead generally has mild winters and warm, sunny summers with occasional showers. Average daily high temperatures throughout the year range from 9-21C (48-70F) with the heaviest rain showers between October and January, particularly on high ground. The moors do have occasional mist.
The best way to get to Moretonhampstead is by train or car. Follow the M5 south to Exeter then take the scenic A30 a short distance before turning onto minor roads to reach Moretonhampstead.
The nearest railway station is Totnes station 15 miles away. Exeter Airport has regular flights from around the UK and is 16 miles from your holiday cottage at Moretonhampstead.