Widecombe in the Moor Things to Do

  • Rood screen remains
    Rood screen remains
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  • The Rugglestone Inn
    The Rugglestone Inn
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  • Dawn
    Dawn
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    Go to the pub...............

    by leics Written Oct 29, 2006

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    The Rugglestone Inn

    ....of course. Wander down to the Rugglestone Inn, five minutes walk from the village centre. It's a proper old pub, with beams and log fire, good scrumpy (cider) and beer. They do food too. There's a stream running through the garden, and hens which gently cluck round your feet (or try to climb trees, which makes an interesting sight to ponder whilst supping one's ale).

    There is also a small wooden cross alongside the stream, and a notice saying that the previous landlord is buried there. I expect that it's true; I can believe that one might not want to leave such a place.

    Recommended, but not necessarily open all day every day.

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    The cross base.

    by leics Written Oct 29, 2006

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    Cross base with yew tree

    The Widecombe village cross has been missing for many years (the yew tree was fairly new in 1902) but its base still stands just outside the church lych-gate. It is octagonal, about a metre and a half high and two metres in diameter. There is an ancient, partially restored cross standing in the churchyard, so it is possible that this was the original village cross.

    I noticed that the village cross in Morteonhampstead had also been replaced by a tree, so it seems likely this was a common thing during the end of the nineteenth century.

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    Find the rood screen..........

    by leics Written Oct 29, 2006

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    Rood screen remains

    .............in Widecombe church. Not much of it remains (originally it would have stretched high up, to partially block the view of the altar area) but there are some panels left. They are beautifully painted. I couldn't find a date for the screen, but guess it is probably 16th or 17th century. Easy to miss it though, and not fully appreciate the beauty of the colours and artwork.

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    Look at the wagon roof..........

    by leics Written Oct 29, 2006

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    Wagon roof

    .......in Widecombe church. This style of church roof is more-or-less unique to Devon, and dates from Medieval times. You'll find many churches in this area with similar roof styles; the bosses are always worth looking at.

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    On a quiet winter's night?

    by johngayton Written Mar 10, 2006

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    Where the big money is in Widecombe

    When the wind is whistling across the Moor, driving the rain horizontally against the pub windows, we bank up the fires, the beers are poured, the port bottle set on the table and the Monopoly set comes out.

    With convivial company the game takes on new dimension both for participants and spectators alike - here are the Williams family battling it out for dominance - strangely enough Di always seems to win, perhaps that's because she is holding the bank's money - and Rod says: "Nothing new there then!"

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    What Are Feet For?

    by johngayton Written Aug 31, 2005

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    Dawn

    Apart from standing on whilst propping up various bars?

    Yep, walkin!

    Widecombe is an ideal base for Dartmoor walks. Whether you feel energetic enough to tackle some of the hills, or just fancy a gentle stroll - follow the roads or get off road, the views are stunning.

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