Moretonhampstead from Mardon Down and Dartmoor in the distance

Located in the centre of this small moorland town our self-catering accommodation provides an ideal base from which to explore Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor and Devon. Click here to visit our home page for more details.

Moreton is surrounded by some of Britain’s most spectacular countryside and provides a great base from which to explore the north and south Devon coasts approx one hour’s drive away. North Devon with its rugged cliffs, wild seas and long sandy beaches whilst south Devon is known for its sheltered sandy coves and tranquil estuaries. In fact Moreton is located at the almost exact geographical centre of the county of Devon.

No part of the Dartmoor National Park is more than an hour’s drive away from the town and most of the well known beauty spots are nearby such as; Haytor, Postbridge, Princetown, Grimspound, Fernworthy Reservoir and Two Bridges.

The Sparrowhawk overlooking Moreton Square

Moretonhampstead is an old market town on the eastern slopes of the Dartmoor National Park which sits in the shelter of hills on three sides with the beautiful Wray Valley on the fourth. It is about 14 miles from Exeter, Newton Abbot, Okehampton or Princetown and is a perfect centre for visiting both moor and sea.

Although locals will proudly proclaim it as a town, Moreton is essentially a village in character with a population of around 1,500 and is situated at a cross-roads amidst wooded, hilly countryside. The town stands at 215m (700ft) above sea level, but after a short walk within the parish it is possible to climb above 350m (1148ft) to Mardon Down and enjoy views of Moreton with Dartmoor beyond. Views of the surrounding countryside can also be enjoyed from the Parish church.

The 15th century granite parish church of St Andrew was completed in 1418 and stands on ground that has been used for religious purposes since Saxon times.

The town was the birth place in 1806 of George Parker Bidder, who was known as “The Calculating Boy” due to his extraordinary skill in mental arithmetic. He could calculate the cube root of 18-digit numbers in his head in seconds (among other prodigious feats) and became an engineer. He designed and built London’s Victoria Docks

Parish church of St Andrew - Moretonhampstead  The Almshouses  - Cross Street - Moretonhampstead

The Almshouses in Cross Street with an arcade built of solid blocks of granite pre-date the 1637 date on the outside of the building. Close by is the site of the Old Market Cross and the Cross Tree where an ancient elm once stood.

Moreton is an ancient town whose fortunes in the past have rested upon the woollen industry, mining and farming. There are several Town Trails to meet every interest and to encourage the visitor to explore and appreciate Moreton's attractions. Although the trails are quite independant they can be amalgamated and start at the central cross-roads by the Information Centre.

The Moretonhampstead Information Centre is where you can find out everything you need to know about the town and surrounding area.

For information on things to do, places to eat and diary of events in Moretonhampstead please click here.