By: Blonde Two

Dartmoor has many, many things going for it: wilderness, rivers, tors, walks, swims, people, wildlife, communities and scenery to name but a few. All of the above however can be complimented by a post-activity visit to a Dartmoor pub. Being Blonde our usual Dartmoor activity is walking, we have many expeditions with youngsters when we don’t visit the Dartmoor pubs but when we go out on our own it is great to plan a route that gives us a bit of a treat to come back to (or a full tummy before a night walk and wild camp). Luckily for us (and for you) Dartmoor pub walks, should you feel so inclined, are easy to find because so many of the pubs on Dartmoor are situated right next to stunning walking locations. Here are 4 of our Blonde favourite Dartmoor pubs (we have sampled others and you should too!)

The Plume of Feathers in Princetown

Situation: Central Princetown

Facilities: Campsite, bunkhouse, posher bunkhouse, big car park

Interesting Fact: The oldest building in Princetown (1785)

Food: Just fabulous and plenty of it. The best pies and sausages for miles around (on a snowy day they might be the only pies and sausages for miles around)

Walks: Straight from the door, up past the car park onto the moor and out past South Hessary Tor. Take in Nun’s Cross (the nuns aren’t) and the Devonport Leat. Try to make it out to Crazywell Pool and the leat aqueduct

Blonde Blog: A Night Out on the Princetown


The Warren House Inn

Situation: Just 4km NE of Postbridge on the B3212

Facilities: A fire ‘that never goes out’ and beer garden views to die for (please don’t)

Interesting Fact: This pub was once on the other side of the road

Food: Good basic pub grub. Pasties and baked potatoes are a Blonde favourite (not at the same time!)

Walks: North across Water Hill (always chilly) and over to Fernworthy Reservoir and Forest or south across Birch Tor and Hookney Tor to visit the Bronze Age settlement at Grimspound

Blonde Blog: Dartmoor’s Perfect Beer Garden


The Old Inn

Situation: Widecombe in the Moor

Facilities: Car park, outside and conservatory seating, open fires and a Tardis-like interior

Interesting Fact: Uncle Tom Cobley drinks there but the grey mare doesn’t

Food: Extensive menu, we love the fish pie and more great sausages

Walks: Up the (steep) lane west out of the car park onto the Hameldown Ridge. Walk along to Grimspound or for a shorter outing, stroll south towards Wind Tor (it will be)

Blonde Blog: Blonde Two at Widecombe Fair


The Kestor Inn

Situation: Manaton

Facilities: Car park, pool table, rooms, village shop

Interesting Fact: You can spot a Dartmoor Legend from Manaton village

Food: Good basic pub fare, great soup and take-away fish and chips

Walks: South to visit Bowerman’s Nose on Hayne Down or north to Easdon Tor and the Whooping Rock

Blonde Blog: The Non-Story of Ignatius Bowerman