Winkleigh village between Dartmoor and Exmoor is one of Devon’s hidden gem rural villages with two fine real ale inns and a cluster of wonderful independent shops including a local butchers and a village store. The ruins of a 12th century castle also feature in the village hinting at its ancient history. In the 20th century during the Second World War Winkleigh’s local airfield played a crucial role in the war effort.
A choice of walking and cycling trails surround the village including the nearby Tarka Trail. Just a short drive away sit the beautiful beaches of the North Devon Coast and the moorlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor offering numerous outdoor activities. Halsdon nature reserve is only minutes from the village, containing deciduous woodland and pasture cut through by the River Torridge. Great Torrington attractions including The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington 1646 and Dartington Crystal are also conveniently close as is beautiful RHS Garden Rosemoor.
Where to Stay
Unique B&Bs serving up delicious traditional Devon cream teas and offering guest rooms lovingly furnished and presented with comfort in mind can be found around Winkleigh. Home-made locally sourced food is always on the menu, with tasty packed lunches usually available ideal if you’re heading off along the Tarka Trail. Self-catering accommodation in and around Winkleigh includes beautiful barn conversions, family friendly eco-lodges and cosy traditional cottage retreats, some of which are Grade Listed and just a short stroll from a village inn.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.