Manaton on the south eastern side of Dartmoor.
Did you know that the author John Galsworthy stayed at Wingstone Farm (see below now a B&B) in 1922 whilst writing The Forsyte Saga ? Many authors have used Dartmoor as the inspiration for their books, probably the most well know being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famous for his Hound of the Baskervilles murder story, and Agatha Christie, the 'Queen of Crime' who features Dartmoor in all 3 of her whodunnits, 'The Big Four', 'Dead Man's Folly' and 'The Sittaford Mystery'.
Several really attractive walks start from the Manaton area especially the walk around Lustleigh Cleave and nearby Rippon tour. Get hold of a good map and park at St. Winifred's Church car park. Long and short walks abound.
Manaton to Lustleigh is a good leg stretch. With the Primrose tearooms or the Cleave Inn at Lustleigh (see my food review) as midway places to eat. There and back will take you about 3 to 4 hours. Hound Tor, Jay's Grave and Grimspound are all walkable but I must stress that a good map is the key to the best day out. Not only will you know where you are going, but you can recognise points of interest along the way, for instance the site of the Bronze Age settlement of 24 huts at Grimspound, which is acknowledged to be one of
the outstanding bronze age sites in Britain.
If you walk to Widecombe you might enjoy, as I did, the Rugglestone Inn. See my Rugglestone food review.
See also my review of Manaton's produce market,plus a food review of The Kestor Inn, and my walking page.
There are 2 swimming pools one at Moretonhampstead and another at Bovey Tracey.
You will find Becky Falls, well known for it's impressive waterfall at Manaton.
With plenty of children's activities and a cafe on site. See my discount vouchers page for a £2 off at Becky Falls money voucher and more.
Manaton has a monthly produce market held in the Parish Hall
on the third Tuesday of each month.
Find out more details on my Farmer's Markets page.
Manaton area Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Juliette's light and airy home on this working farm in the quaint village of Manaton in the heart of Dartmoor. Plus stabling for your horse £7 per night. Walk straight out onto the Moor,and take a look at Bowerman's Nose that you can see on the horizon from the house. There is also a weekly self catering cottage that sleeps 5, so all in all Juliette can take a party of up to 11 guests.
Wingstone Farm B&B, Manaton, TQ13 9UL Telephone: 01647 221215 , Email.
Children Welcome, Dogs Welcome, Livery Available.
See on map
Bed and breakfast from £30 per night per person.
Wholefood, vegan and vegetarian Bed and Breakfast. Also packed lunches and supper on offer. Remote and tranquil in a quiet location at 1100 feet.
Easdon Cottage B&B, Manaton, TQ13 9XB Telephone: 01647 221389, Email.
Children Welcome, No Dogs. See on map
Bed and breakfast room rates are £75 for I night. With reductions for stays of 4 nights or more.
Well off the beaten track. Dartmoor in essence. Very peaceful. Guaranteed to see buzzards, ponies and wildlife galore.
Christina offers supper at £16 for 2 courses. Recent changes to the house mean that there is now one twin room with
en-suite plus 2 single rooms, so this would be just right for a family of four.
Vogwell Cottage B&B, Manaton, TQ13 9XD Telephone: 01647 221302, Email.
Children Welcome, Dogs Welcome. See on map
In the double room the cost for bed and breakfast overnight is £35 and is reduced to £33 for 3 nights and over.
Manaton area Self Catering Accommodation
Complete with a Rayburn to cook on, this quaint little barn is one on it's own. You have to climb up granite steps on the outside of the building, to one of those split barn doors and water comes from a nearby spring, .... get the picture? yes you can be Heidi for a week ! Surrounded by all that Dartmoor has to offer, but with all you need to enjoy a country break.
Easdon Cottage Self Catering, Manaton, TQ13 9XB Telephone: 01647 221389, Email.
Children Welcome, No Dogs. See on map
On the map, Manaton is between North Bovey and Lustleigh. if you can't find the right accommodation on this page.
To find the right map of the Manaton
area click the bike picture on the left
££ cash points on Dartmoor.
Here's a link to Traveline, a very easy to use website to find your Manaton bus timetable.
Simply type your starting point, destination, and the relevant travel dates into the boxes on
the Traveline Public Transport website to find the bus you need. It's brilliant !!