Postbridge is a small hamlet situated in the heart of Dartmoor situated between Princetown and Moretonhampstead, within perhaps the most scenic and popular area for walking within the Dartmoor National Park, enjoying the picturesque East Dart River and the rolling moorland beyond.
Despite its size, the hamlet draws visitors from far and wide to see its famous clapper bridge. This example of traditional engineering is believed to date back as far as the 12th century and would have been regularly used by pack horses to transport tin across the river to the stannary town of Tavistock. Crossing the waters of the East Dart, one of the main tributaries of the River Dart in South Devon, the old clapper bridge lies next to a more modern road bridge built in the 1780s. The bridges are of such importance that they both carry a Grade II Listed Structure status.
The clapper bridge is a very quick and easy stroll from Postbridge car park, where you will also find a Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre. The village also boasts a pub and a handy Post Office and shop where you can buy a take-away cream tea to enjoy by the river.
Other nearby attractions include Bellever Forest with its scenic woodland trails along the East Dart River or up towards Bellever Tor, Princetown and the notorious Dartmoor Prison, and the stunning Burrator Reservoir with its wealth of footpaths, bridleways and cycle trails to explore.
A holiday cottage in Postbridge provides the ideal spot for a tranquil break for families or couples alike, with the benefit of having direct access to the moor from your doorstep.
Windswept moors and secluded woods, historic monuments and spectacular views, Dartmoor is all at once bleak, magical and inspiring - perfect for walking, strolling and exploring. In the summer months it will take you on a spectacular tour of local wildlife, brimming with flowers, semi wild horses and vegetation. In the winter months you can pretty much guarantee snow, ice and bracing winds, so wrap up warm and visit the pubs for a hearty lunch or cream tea. For your visit you can also download an audio walk to an mp3 player, or simply do some of the circular routes that are easy to follow. Driving up onto the moor is a joy in itself and there’s plenty of parking.
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We did a 13.5 mile round trip from Widecombe-in-the-Moor to Grimspound, Hound Tor & Hay Tor which was absolutely stunning! A really wonderful day out!
Wonderful whatever the weather. Spectacular views, abundance of wild life. A must.
In addition to walking, the dramatic scenery of Dartmoor is well worth exploring by bike. Paths are laid out to make the terrain easy to follow in places, although for the more adventurous cyclist, you can of course go ‘off piste’ so to speak. Dartmoor is perfect for children who are cycling and more proficient cyclists, so it’s ideal for a family day out in the fresh air - just make sure you take warm clothes as it does get a little breezy up there! Parking is easy and the views you are rewarded with are well worth the effort.
Surely there can be no finer way of seeing Dartmoor, this natural wonder of Devon, than on horse back. Shilstone Rocks riding centre allows adults and children alike to take up the reigns in this spectacular National Park, and really get back to nature. The horses originated from the famed Dartmoor ponies, who continue to roam today. You can join Shilstone Rocks Riding Centre for tailored lessons in the menage, or head out for a couple of hours on a hack to really take in the area that featured in Steven Spielberg’s film War Horse. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities.
For more than 200 years, Dartmoor Prison has held its bleak and imposing position on the moors, surrounded by the vast landscape and battered by the relentless elements. Today, there is a museum dedicated to its tale, attracting more than 35,000 visitors every year from all over the world to hear its grizzly stories. Showcasing its turbulent history from Prisoner of War Depot for French and American prisoners of war, to the later convict era all the way through to the modern day, you can see life-size models of Napoleonic soldiers in colourful period uniforms, read about the Princetown Massacre, and read about tough measures used to control the toughest of men.
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A warm and friendly pub in the heart of Dartmoor with a menu full of well-cooked pub favourites, daily specials and good vegetarian options. The home cooked pies, made with quality local ingredients, are particularly popular.
Warren House Inn Postbridge, Yelverton PL20 6TA (T: 01822 880208)
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Nice Friendly staff. Good pies but standard chips.
Great pub and food except no homemade chips. At price should include. Chips were bland and boring.
A fully licensed riverside restaurant with half a mile of tranquil river frontage and outside seating, specialising in Devon cream teas as well as a good range of home cooked meals, snacks and indulgent puddings.
Badgers Holt Dartmeet, Yelverton PL20 6SG (T: 01364 631213)
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Lovely place to visit and it is free to visit. Shame the lady in the ice cream shop was so rude and unpleasant!
In a beautiful location in the heart of Dartmoor National Park this friendly hotel is a good spot to enjoy a morning coffee or cream tea in the cosy lounge, or an indulgent meal in the fine dining restaurant. The attractively presented, creative dishes are accompanied by a superb selection of fine wines.
Two Bridges Hotel & Restaurant Two Bridges, Dartmoor PL20 6SW (T: 01822 892300)
Popular with walkers, The Old Inn is a good spot to enjoy a pint of real ale or cider, Devon cream tea, tasty lunch or evening meal. The food is fresh and seasonal, with specials focusing on hearty local meat dishes, and the surroundings warm and friendly.
The Old Inn Widecombe in the Moor TQ13 7TA (T: 01364 621207)
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Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
Glorious beach at the mouth of the Erme. Narrow lanes and very limited parking. No toilets, cafes etc - wonderful! Turning circle for cars just before the beach but expect to have to reverse back up the access lane to allow cars that are leaving to go back. A nightmare on Bank Holidays - parking almost impossible and expect to have to negotiate very tight spaces.
One of South Devon’s quieter beaches, Mothecombe is a large and unspoiled, privately owned stretch of sand that’s open every day, all year round. Having won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean sea and sand, you can be assured that relaxing here and pottering about in the water is going to be a happy, healthy and pleasant experience for all in this sheltered corner of Devon. For those wanting to try out water sports, Mothecombe offers the ideal conditions for windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding and generally enjoying the water, particularly for beginners as it’s a comparatively gentle environment in which to give it a go. Given its pristine nature, it will probably come as no surprise that dogs are not allowed on the beach in high season, so keep an eye out for signs for more information, but best to steer clear with furry friends from May to September. There is a car park from which you can access the beach down a narrow path, so it’s not ideal for wheelchair users, but is otherwise conveniently close by. There’s also a tea house in the car park for drinks and snacks and there are toilets nearby as well, so pending the tides you can spend a good day here enjoying the natural scenery and all the fun that it brings with it, whether that’s for the whole family, on a romantic afternoon in the summer sun, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of this less populated park of the coastline.
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Lovely beach but cafe was being renovated and we were gasping for a cuppa
In between Brixham and Paignton, this long, sandy beach is a popular spot with families, thanks to its sheltered waters, year-round facilities and easy parking. The Blue Flag beach is perfect for making sandcastles and searching for wildlife in the rockpools. There are toilets, and two places to get ice creams, coffees and soft drinks. What’s more, the car park is right by the beach, so there’s no need to lug your provisions a long way. Behind the pretty row of colourful beach huts, there’s a large grassy area, so don’t forget to pack a ball or rounders bat to keep the whole family entertained. Broadsands Beach is a popular dog walking spot throughout autumn and winter, but there is a seasonal dog ban during the summer months (1st May - 30th September).
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Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
Simply stunning and well worth the steep (ish) walk down from the National Trust car park at Ringmore. When there - it's hard to imagine the horrors of today's modern world.
Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.
Beautiful cove. Very quiet with lots of bird life.
stunning little beach, very quiet and great for snorkelling
Far from the bustling crowds of Paignton and Brixham’s bigger beaches, this small pebbly cove is a truly relaxing spot. The calm waters are great for swimming and are said to have been one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots. Elberry Cove even features in one of her crime thriller novels, The ABC Murders. This picture-perfect cove, surrounded by sloping wooded hillsides and crystal clear water, can only be accessed by the coast path, with the nearest carpark at Broadsands Beach. From here, it is only a 10 - 15 minute walk, but make sure to pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat at Broadsands Beach before you set off, as there aren’t any facilities at here. Dogs are welcome on the beach throughout the year.