Local Area

Lower Merripit Cottage is located in the centre of the 365 acre Dartmoor National Park, close to the hill-farming village of Postbridge. It is perfectly situated for walking trips onto the moors, as well as within an easy drive to Devon beaches and the many visitor attractions in the region.

Dartmoor is woven through with rivers and paths providing opportunities for exploring, walking, pony trekking, canoeing and climbing. There are many reservoirs, small lakes, woodlands and rocky tors, as well as abundant wildlife, wild pony herds and a rich abundance of archaeology with prehistoric domestic and ritual remains that include many stone circles, cistvaens and hut circles.

There is a Dartmoor National Park information centre located in Postbridge which provides maps, suggested walks, books and detailed information about the area. During winter 2016 this centre is scheduled to become the home for the recently discovered White Horse Hill Woman (bronze age ancestor) remains and burial artifacts, which include 4000 year old woven cloth, necklace (of amber, shale and tin), the earliest European example of turned wood, knotted lime bark fibre bag and other extraordinary items.

You may like to visit:

  • Ancient pubs – we recommend Warren House Inn (Postbridge), Rugglestone Inn (Widecombe), Tavistock Inn (Poundsgate), Ring ‘o’ Bells (North Bovey)
  • Horse riding – there are stables for trekking at Shilstone Rock (Widecombe) and Babeny.
  • Outdoor activites – Spirit of Adventure are located close to Postbridge, offering canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and other acivities.
  • Local crafts and art – Powdermills Pottery near to Postbridge, sell beautiful and practical pots made with Dartmoor clay cooked in a fire kiln, as well as a unique collection of work by local craftspeople (made from wood, antler, metal, felt, willow, beeswax) and artists (painting and photography). They also serve cream teas and cakes throughout the summer.
  • Photographs – we recommend the landscape work of Sue Murphy, and the Dartmoor life & people of Chris Chapman. Chris has made an excellent film about Dartmoor, Wild River, Cold Stone.
  • For children – try the Miniature Pony Centre (Moretonhampstead), South Devon Railway (Buckfastleigh), Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary (Buckfastleigh), House of Marbles (Bovey Tracey)
  • Water – there are notable waterfalls (including Cantonleigh Falls, Becky Falls) and many beaches to visit to the west and south…
  • National Trust – Buckfast Abbey, Castle Drogo…