Widecombe in the Moor Travel Guide

  • Widecombe Pub
    Widecombe Pub
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  • Bonnie by name and Bonnie by nature
    Bonnie by name and Bonnie by nature
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  • The Rugglestone Inn
    The Rugglestone Inn
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Widecombe in the Moor Highlights

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     Nice People 

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     Too many visitors in season 

  • In a nutshell
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     Fantastic views over some of the most beautiful landscapes of England 

Widecombe in the Moor Things to Do

  • Go to the pub...............

    ....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...

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  • The cross base.

    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...

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  • Find the rood screen..........

    .............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...

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  • Look at the 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?

    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...

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  • What Are Feet For?

    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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    by johngayton Written Dec 19, 2007

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    The Rugglestone Inn, usually just referred to as The Ruggle (which is also a verb - i.e. to say you've been "Ruggled" means that you left at some unearthly time in the morning and don't remember even getting home, but you must have fallen in the stream at some point en-route if the wet clothes and bruises are anything to go by - ach, but digressing even before I've started!!)...

    OK, back to the point:

    The Ruggle is the archetype of the classic British country pub: thick stone walls, intimate little public rooms, roaring log fires, beer and cider straight from the barrel, decent wines, friendly and welcoming staff and owners, convivial locals, dog-friendly, muddy walking boots friendly, sheltered and well-kept garden, stunning rural scenery all around...ach the list is endless! Just imagine anything you could ever dream about for your perfect pub and that's The Ruggle :-) And I haven't even mentioned the delish, hearty, home-cooked food!!!

    Favorite Dish: When I used to live here in Widecombe, whilst cooking for my living at the other pub in the village, you would always find me here in The Ruggle on my days off (with the odd exception of when I actually left the village), dropping in at lunchtime for a light bite - read "late breakfast!" and then returning after my afternoon siesta for a more substantial evening meal. Ach, them were the days!!

    It's been a couple of years since I left the village but I do get back from time to time and continue as if I'd never been away, nothing changes here. The menu is still written on blackboards in the hallway, the food is still all home-cooked, the welcome always as warm and the company ever as convivial. There's never anything on the short but extensive menu that I wouldn't recommend but if the local lads have been out shooting or ferretting and the Rabbit Pie has been made then that's my decision made. Tender chunky rabbit in a delish slightly creamy sauce, topped with melt-in-the-mouth shortcrust pastry, a side order of buttery mash potatoes (only half-a-portion for me!) and perfectly cooked local vegetables. Wash it down with a glass or two of the house red [editor's note - for "glass" read "bottle"!!] and there we have heaven on Earth. Sit back in front of the open fire and let it all digest passing the evening with relaxed and interesting company - pure bliss!!!

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Widecombe in the Moor Nightlife

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    by johngayton Written Dec 19, 2007

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    Here at The Ruggle they occasionally have planned events, a bit of live music from time-to-time, fireworks on Bonfire Night and New Year, special little dinners and gatherings etc but the best times are those that aren't planned.

    Whether its a purely spontaneous rendering of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (which took us all twelve days to get the words right!!) or just a chance wandering minstrel, when these things happen they always add that magical something to what is already usually a perfect evening - Aye, The Power of Serendipity!!

    Dress Code: HA! Don't be silly but low-cut tops always preferred on busty women ;-)

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Widecombe in the Moor Transportation

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    It is only recently that I've started booking a berth on the "Night Riviera" - in days of old, when they had the "Smoking Carriage" - I always used that and had some great overnight journeys.There is something sensual about sleeping in a moving train, a lullaby of motion, and when the land of nod hits, it hits deep!Travelling from London, the...

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  • Ring Tinky

    As I don't drive (never even had a lesson!) I quite often use taxis to get home from Newton - I can usually find someone to give me a lift to get there.And my favourite taxi man is Tinky (he's actually another John): even if I miss the surcharge time (11 pm) he just charges me the standard rate, in fact we don't even bother with the meter these...

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  • Night Riviera

    If you ever want to come to Widecombe there are local airports at Bristol and Exeter, but there are very few deals to be done, unless you happen to be lucky. Every time I want to go from either of these airports the fares are exorbitant and so I usually end up flying from London. It is not so much a case of cost in pure "Pounds, Shillings and...

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Widecombe in the Moor Shopping

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    by johngayton Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are a total of 4 shops in our village - 3 of which are "craft" shops, selling the usual touristy stuff, the other is THE POST OFFICE.

    Trevor and Sue try to keep pretty much everything in stock........if it's not on display then it will be in the back room, except occasionally when they've run out of something.

    Conversation this morning: "Sorry, John, run out of butter.........but we do have Cider!............or lightbulbs?..................special offer on cough medicine! ................you don't want a tractor do you? ........... Mike's just put his up for sale - the card's in the window..............your dry-cleaning should be back tommorrow..........see you down pub later!"

    OK, I've just made that one up - but it gives you an idea :)

    What to buy: If nothing else there's always the cider! From Grays Farm, at Halstow, sweet, medium or dry.

    What to pay: The cider is about £1 a litre, i think, no idea how much the butter would have been and as to the tractor - a bargain at £3000!

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Widecombe in the Moor Warnings and Dangers

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    by johngayton Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    Especially if you are a small furry animal!

    As to pic2:

    And watch out for her mother as well!

    See pic3:

    Tsk, tsk!

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    Rugglestone Inn

    by RACCOON1 Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Widecomb in the Moor is located in Devon halfway between Plymouth and Exeter north of Highway A38 . Rugglestone Inn is located there and is a good place for lunch and a pint . This is a 100 year old ( plus) Inn which somehow adds to the atmosphere .

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