Friday Favourites – Have you ever visited Walkhampton?

Walkhampton Church

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When I was very young my family owned a hotel near Ashburton, and I have fond memories of exploring the moor and climbing on tors. Because of this it has always been my dream to live on Dartmoor, so when the opportunity to do so arrived earlier this year I was ecstatic to finally be able to move back to the area.

My partner and I explored many lovely locations whilst deciding where to live, but in the end we decided on a quiet little village on the west side of Dartmoor called Walkhampton, very close to Yelverton and Horrabridge.

Walkhampton itself is very small yet pleasant. Walking through the village you will find a fast-paced stream (we were amazed at how clean the water looks), and a bus shelter that has been turned into a mini library complete with rocking chair, books and log book.

One of the village’s main attractions is the pub called the Walkhampton Inn, which dates back to the 17th century. Having been closed for a couple of years, the pub has very recently re-opened and has been re-decorated to a high standard with a lovely atmosphere inside – highly recommended.

On the outskirts of the village is a Grade 1 listed church dating back to the 15th century. The church is known for its prominent 4 spires and because it faces north-east (whereas most churches face east). The church can be seen from the village centre, high on a hill overlooking the village itself.

Nearby to the village is a huge reservoir called Burrator Reservoir. Walking around the perimeter is a very pleasant 3-4 hour walk. Being located on the edge of Dartmoor, you can very easily follow any of the roads out of the village to reach open land with stunning scenery.

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Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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