A visit to Dartmoor almost seems incomplete without stopping in Widecombe in the Moor, such is the charisma of this much-loved village situated in the southern part of the national park. It's an old community, and famous in part for its annual 'Widecombe Fair', which has been immortalised in the folk song of the same name.
Widecombe's a lovely place to wander around for a couple of hours at least, visiting the church, known as the Cathedral of Dartmoor due to its large tower, the gift shops, and perhaps one of the tea rooms or inns for some of their delicious home cooked food. With photogenic granite cottages dotted around the village green, one should always have a camera to hand, especially if you’re lucky enough to be there when some of the local livestock has wandered into the village.
Making a beeline for the village on the second Tuesday in September will guarantee a unique insight into the aforementioned Widecombe Fair, although get there early enough to make the most of this fun filled day.