Moretonhampstead

Moretonhampstead

  • Ancient market town
  • Perfect location for exploring Devon
  • National Trust Almshouses

Moretonhampstead is an ancient market town situated on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.Surrounded by hills on three sides and the beautiful Wray valley on the other you cannot help but notice the breathtaking countryside views.

Moretonhampstead is about 15 miles from Exeter, Newton Abbot and Oakhampton and began its life as a small Saxon settlement in 700 AD.Moretonhampstead boasts a range of sporting facilities and the great expanse of Dartmoor presents the rambler with unlimited options. No part of the National Park is more than a one hour drive away and most of the well-known beauty spots considerably less. Also nearby there is the historic naval city of Plymouth, Devon“s Roman capital, Exeter with its magnificent cathedral, the many famous coastal resorts including Torbay and the serene countryside of North Devon, all of this lying within sixty minutes travelling time. Moretonhampstead was once an industrial centre with wool, paper; tannery and tallow works.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Moretonhampstead and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

Moretonhampstead has impressive Jacobean style Almshouses at the end of Cross Street featuring mullioned windows and an unusual granite arcade. The date on the building is 1637 and it was purchased by the National Trust in 1952.Moretonhampstead has no less than four pubs and three cafes and there“s a wide selection of hotels, bed and breakfast, self-catering and camping accommodation and a good Tourist Information Centre.

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