Discover the
Dartmoor Story

Forged by nature, shaped by time and human spirit


Welcome to Widecombe, a village steeped in history and famous the world over for Widecombe Fair and Uncle Tom Cobley. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the hospitality of our caf├ęs and fine old inns; browse our craft and gift shops; and admire our many fine buildings, especially 14th century St Pancras Church – “The Cathedral of the Moor.”

Businesses and the local community have been working with Moor than meets the eye to help develop interpretation around the village to tell Widecombe's part of the Dartmoor Story. You can discover more about the history of this vibrant Dartmoor community by visiting our information boards located in local businesses around the village.

Did you know?

In 1928, for the first time, an Uncle Tom Cobley impersonator made an appearance at Widecombe Fair: Edward Dunn played the role for a number of years and became a local celebrity. The traditional fair continues to this day with Uncle Tom Cobley and all and is held on the 2nd Tuesday in September

Best things to see and do

  • Follow the Widecombe Village Trail, pick up a leaflet in the village at one of the local businesses. Look for the Welcome to Widecombe window sticker
  • Have a go at our family wax rubbing trail, posts are hidden around the village. Pick up a guide in one of the local businesses or download a sheet here
  • Pick up a copy of our Walking around Widecombe walks guide from local businesses or download to explore the area and discover more of the Dartmoor Story. If you are feeling adventurous walk over Hameldon to Grimspound a Bronze Age settlement
  • Find out more about the Moor than meets the eye project which helped the community to develop the Welcome to Widecombe interpretation

For more information go to the Widecombe village website

The Dartmoor Story Forged by nature; shaped by time and human hands.