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Dartmoor, on the south west tip of Great Britain, is a vast area of gorse and heather, granite rocks and ancient stone rows sometimes known as "the Last Wilderness”...

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Local - walking distance

We are fortunate in Lustleigh, to have two destinations with the name ‘The Cleave’. Let us start with the Cleave that requires a little effort…

Lustleigh Cleave

The famous Lustleigh Cleave attracts walkers to the paths along its lofty ridge with spectacular views to Dartmoor and surrounding countryside; or through the shady valley bottom where the river Bovey tumbles over rocks and boulders on its way to the sea and rare butterflies are spotted on the wooded slopes.

On the ridge at the north west end of Lustleigh Cleave, by an ancient hill fort of Hunter's Tor, you are offered stunning views over North and East Dartmoor National Park, on a clear day you may be able to spot the Haytor Rocks area, Hound Tor, Manaton and the high moors around Hangingstone Hill. Further round to the north-east is Moretonhampstead. Walking back along the Cleave ridgeline, you'll see Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot and the Devon coast at Teignmouth and The English Riviera in the far distance.

The Cleave Public House

After the exertion of walking, you may wish to relax with a well-earned glass of your favourite tipple and perhaps enjoy a selection from the Landlord, Ben Whitton’s menu at Lustleigh’s “other” Cleave.The Cleave Public House. Ben offers everything a true Dartmoor Country Pub should be, blending the old and new and constantly evolving - offer excellent food, wine and beer with great service in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Primrose Tea Rooms

A stay in Lustleigh would not be complete without a visit to the Primrose Tea Room, mother and daughter team, Ewa and Coo “…endeavour to produce only the best cakes, scones, soups, lunches, teas and coffees, to do both Primrose and Lustleigh justice!...” They believe strongly in local produce and their cakes are made with free range eggs from chickens that live just down the road! Wherever possible, they use produce from Lustleigh or very close by, not just to support our community, but because it tastes better!

Explore the village

Whilst you are in the Tea Rooms you may wish to obtain a leaflet guide around the village. It offers an interesting insight and provides snippets of interest and note, making the walk around the village more interesting.

Surrounding area

Longer walks will take you to other well-known beauty spots such as Yamer Woods, Becka Falls, Haytor Rocks and Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
There are many lovely walks on the Moor and other well-known beauty spots are only a short car journey away.

Within 3 miles of Lustleigh

Moretonhampstead

Moretonhampstead is an ancient small town on the eastern slopes of Dartmoor, dating back before its entry in the Domesday Book. It developed initially as a market town, around the early part of the thirteenth century, and flourished in later years until it reached its population highpoint in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as a textile manufacturing town. This trade eventually gave way to tourism and farming. Today the town enjoys five pubs and several cafes, a superb butcher and delicatessen, a small supermarket and a hardware store.

Moretonhampstead also has an Information Centre where you can find out everything you need to know about the town and the surrounding area.

Bovey Tracey

Bovey Tracey was an established Saxon community and takes part of its name from the River Bovey. The second half of the name came from the de Tracey family who were lords of the manor after the Norman Conquest. The church is said to have been rebuilt by Sir William de Tracey as penance for his part in the murder of Thomas a Becket in 1170. During the Civil War part of Cromwell’s army is said to have surprised a group of Royalist officers. Next day there was a battle on Bovey heath resulting in a defeat for the Royalists. At the bottom of the town is Bovey Bridge, built during the Civil War, and next to it the Riverside Mill which now exhibits and sells the work of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

Sights and activities within reach from Lustleigh

During the year there are numerous agricultural shows as at Lustleigh, Chagford, Manaton and surrounding villages. The famous Widecombe Fair is held in early September. Summer carnivals take place in Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey. Within walking distance of Lustleigh are numerous beauty spots such as the Clam Bridge in Lustleigh Cleave, Haytor Rocks, Houndtor, Hunters Tor, Becka Falls, etc..

Within an hours drive you can visit the North Cornwall and South Devon coasts, the romantic ruins of Okehampton Castle numerous Nation Trust houses including Castle Drogo, The Tudor Manor of Cotehele, Sir Francis Drake’s home of Buckland Abbey and the magnificent eighteenth century Saltram House with its paintings by local boy Sir Joshua Reynolds, Angelica Kauffmann and even a portrait by Rubens.