Lustleigh

Lustleigh, Devon, TQ13 9TQ
Lustleigh, Dartmoor - landscape views

About

Situated within the captivating landscapes of Dartmoor National Park, Lustleigh is a picturesque village that exudes timeless charm and natural beauty.

Sitting between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead the village is surrounded by lush woodlands and meandering streams, offering visitors a tranquil retreat in the heart of Devon's countryside.

With its quaint thatched cottages, winding lanes and friendly atmosphere, this idyllic village invites travellers to immerse themselves in its rich history, explore its scenic surroundings, and experience the true essence of rural life.

History of Lustleigh

Lustleigh's history is intertwined with the ancient landscapes of Dartmoor, dating back to prehistoric times when the area was inhabited by early settlers. Remains of stone hut circles and the presence of an ancient burial monument (dating from between 450 – 600 AD) is evidence of this historic activity.

The village itself is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1089 as ‘Sutreworde’ meaning ‘south of the wood’ and in the Book of Fees from 1252, referred to as Leuesterlegh; legh refers to a clearing in a wood and the first part is through to represent the name of a person, reflecting its longstanding presence in the region.

Over the centuries, Lustleigh grew as a farming community, with agriculture playing significant roles in its economy. The village's historic buildings, including the picturesque church of St. John the Baptist and the iconic Primrose Tea Rooms, offer glimpses into its storied past.

Things to Do in Lustleigh

Lustleigh offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy amidst its scenic surroundings. Explore the enchanting Lustleigh Cleave, a wooded gorge that boasts picturesque walking trails and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, perfect if you’ve got your four-legged friend in tow.

Discover ancient archaeological sites, such as the Lustleigh Cleave Cross, which stands as a testament to the area's rich history.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Dartmoor National Park provides endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting.

Bovey Tracey is also just a short drive away if you want to peruse independent shops or visit a gallery.

Events in Lustleigh

Lustleigh hosts a couple of village events which showcase its vibrant culture and community spirit.

The May Day celebration, held on the first Saturday in May, is a major village event with a carnival procession, maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen.

During the August Bank Holiday Lustleigh holds their village show which commends green-fingered and creative locals by holding produce and art competitions, as well as a dog show and sheep shearing demonstrations.

Food & Drink in Lustleigh

Lustleigh is home to a charming tearooms, a cosy pub and a village shop offering a taste of Devonshire's culinary delights; indulge in homemade cakes and Devonshire cream teas, or sample locally sourced dishes and real ales following a long walk on the moors. Please be aware that the tearoom is only open from Spring – late Autumn.

Something a Little Different

Explore Wrayland, a village that was incorporated into Lustleigh in the 19th century. It’s home to some of the oldest and most impressive homes in the area, such as Wreyland Manor.

From Spring onwards, you can learn more about the history of this wonderful little village by visiting the Lustleigh Society in the Churchyard. Open to the public for free, they house all sorts of interesting archives such as maps, photos and documents.

If you’re visiting over Christmas, why not head down to Lustleigh Park for something truly different, where the annual duck race is held on Boxing Day!

Lustelgih offers a tranquil haven for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature and heritage. Whether you're exploring its historic landmarks, hiking its scenic trails, or simply savouring its local delicacies, Lustleigh promises an authentic and unforgettable experience in the heart of Dartmoor.

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Directions

Road Directions

From the A38 follow signs towards Bovey Tracey following the A382. Turn off at Knowle Road then follow Brookfield Road to Lustleigh village centre. 

Public Transport Directions

There are two buses that stop off in Lustleigh; the 171 Country Bus from Newton Abbot to Tavistock and the 178 Country Bus from Newton Abbot to Okehampton. 

The nearest train station is in Newton Abbot.

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