• Perfect walking base
  • Finch Foundry - 19th Century working museum
  • Sticklepath Fireshow in November

The small village of Sticklepath lies on the north side of the Dartmoor National Park beside the River Taw.

The village has some lovely walks with the Tarka Trail running through it. The Finch Foundry a 19th century working museum, now owned by the National Trust is based in Sticklepath. The water powered forge used to make sickles, scythes and shovels for West Country farmers and miners. There is a fascinating display of tools in the old grinding shop, and in the garden is a summerhouse that once belonged to Tom Pearse (of Widecombe Fair fame).

Within the Village there are two excellent, friendly Pubs, the Devonshire Arms that serves light snacks and the Taw River Inn serving full meals. Sticklepath“s central location means that it is ideally placed for exploring the whole of the West Country as it is only 2 miles from the main A30 trunk route from Exeter to Penzance. Both coasts are easily reached, so you have Ilfracombe, Clovelly and Westward Ho as well as Exmouth, Torquay and Looe within an hour“s drive.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Sticklepath 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

Every Bonfire Night the Dartmoor based community arts event of Sticklepath Fireshow thrills up to 3000 local and national visitors. Sticklepath residents and those living close by get together to create a magnificent artistic Fireshow. Every year a new theme and drama storyline is developed. Music is planned, costumes are designed and an amazing outdoor stage is lovingly built only to be burnt on the night after a fabulous fireworks display following the play. If you are in Devon at this time of year it is well worth a visit.

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