Prettiest village in Dartmoor named one of the best in the UK – ‘idyllic’

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A beautiful village in South Devon known as “the prettiest village in Dartmoor” is a popular stopover point for walkers in the moors. The village’s thatched houses and pub make for a picturesque setting on a visit to Dartmoor National Park.

Located in the Wray Valley, Lustleigh is a picture-perfect village.

With the Lustleigh Cleave coming down to the River Bovey in the village, Lustleigh is a walker’s paradise.

Visitors can get a drink at the Cleave Public House, housed in an old farmhouse from the 15th century.

Tripadvisor user Martin C said: “Idyllic pub, in an idyllic village, on the edge of idyllic Dartmoor.

“Wish it was my local.”

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Britons who’d rather have tea can head to Primrose Tea Rooms.

On Tripadvisor, Peter M said: “Probably the best tea room… in the world.”

While user Andy said: “Without doubt the best high tea in Devon.”

Across from the tea room stands the Grade I listed medieval church of St John the Baptist, which is also worth a visit.

Lustleigh is perfectly located to explore the wider Dartmoor area.

A walk up to Hunter’s Tor will reward walkers with fantastic views over Dartmoor.

Walking Britons may want to venture further afield into East Dartmoor and have a look at Haytor or Hound Tor.

On Google Reviews, Neil B said: “Haytor and the surrounding rocks are a fantastic place to visit and explore. The views are breathtaking.”

Of Hound Tor, John Griffith said: “A great Tor to explore, popular for climbers and stunning views on a clear day as one of the highest points on Dartmoor.”

Back in the village, the Town Orchard was gifted to the community in the 1960s.

This is the location of the May Day Rock, with the names of all the May Queens inscribed on it.

May Day celebrations are a grand affair in Lustleigh, and the event has been described as the “biggest event of the year for the village”.

Lustleigh is also the home of one of Devon’s most popular village shows every August bank holiday Monday.

The show’s history dates back to 1887 and the show “has gone from strength to strength”.

There are a produce and flower show, a dog show, a 10k run, live bands, children’s sports and a show bar, among other attractions.
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