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.
Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:
If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.
Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.
|Amount paid by visitor||£11.00||£10.00|
|Tax refund from Government*||£2.75||£0.00|
|Total received by the National Trust||£13.75||£10.00|
*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.
Opening times of the shop vary throughout January as weather dependent - please phone before making the journey to Widecombe-in-the-Moor. February onwards, the shop is open 7 days a week, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Church house open to members when not in use by local community; ring ahead of visiting or check the website.