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Fine two-storey granite building dating from c.1537

Dartmoor offers something for everyone; walking, rambling, riding, cycling, running or just plain, good old-fashioned sight-seeing. 

The flora, fauna and wildlife are in abundance here; red deer, Dartmoor ponies, larks, buzzards, curlews and much, much more. Here you will find fast flowing rivers, quiet shady meadows, rugged granite tors, panoramic views down to the coast and nestling in the valleys, small picturesque villages. One of these is Widecombe-in-the-Moor where you will find one of the finest examples of a 16th-century church house, originally used for parish festivities or 'ales'.

Today the Church House is still in use by the local community with various groups and clubs using it as well as the monthly village market, but can be visited by National Trust members when not in use. You can become your own house guide - collect the key from the staff at the shop, which is adjacent to the Church House.

Sexton's Cottage became the home of the 'Sexton' who looked after the church and church yard. Since 1976 it has been both a shop and information centre for the National Trust.


Shopping at Sexton's Cottage

You won't find another shop like Sexton's Cottage. Come and have a look - we have a wide range of goods from food, to clothing, to books.  Christmas stock now in.

Meet the makers: 11am - 3.30pm

Come and have a look at our gallery

  • 24 October - Richard Shimell will be demonstrating the craft of lino printing
  • 27 October - Abi Higgins will be creating wonderful pots
  • 30 October - Lee Jenkins will be working on a sculpture

Volunteer as a gallery assistant

A wonderful chance for someone who is passionate about arts and crafts to help our customers find just the thing they're looking for.  If you have a day a week to spare, get in touch with Pam Thomas.


Widecombe's a great place to start a walk - either going on a guided walk or under your own steam - and finish up back in the village for some well-earned refreshment.


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