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What to do When it's Wet

We do our best but we don't always get the weather we ordered...

Dartmoor is spectacular whatever the weather, but like the rest of England, sunny Devon is not always sunny! Not everyone enjoys a bracing walk in driving rain and high winds, so when the weather is not on your side and a rapid change of plans is needed, what in Widecombe is there to do?

Stop for Coffee

There's a well known saying "if you don't like the weather wait a minute" - this can seem like good advice here on Dartmoor where you can experience every season in one day. While you're waiting why not pop into the Cafe on the Green, a cosy spot for coffee and a cake, or Taylor's in Ashburton where you can enjoy tea in a traditional setting.

Break for Brunch

If your plans are on hold, brunch at Ullacombe Farm might be a good way to set yourself up for when the weather clears. Or perhaps a light lunch at the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey or Rafikis or The Old Library in Ashburton. You can also see glass being blown at the House of Marbles which has some exquisite pieces for sale.

Taste the Difference

This might just be the perfect opportunity to try something different, like a tasting experience at the Dartmoor Whisky Distillery or the Sandridge Barton vineyard.

Visit the Beach

It sounds mad, but when the weather is wild a visit to the beach can be an exhilarating and refreshing experience. Watching storm waves rolling in is mesmerising and beachcombing along the tideline can be therapeutic - just stay a safe distance from the water! Slapton is our favourite beach and we generally like to pop into the Start Bay Inn for the best local fish and chips.

Take in a Show or Exhibition

Widecombe is remote and rural so there isn't the breadth of choice you might be used to, but there's no compromising on quality. Ashburton Arts Centre is renowned for hosting some incredible performances, live music, plays, films and workshops - take a look at their website for what's on. The Sexton's Cottage in Widecombe exhibits works by local artists - Dartmoor features heavily so you may find a souvenir of your stay. Sherewood Gallery in Ashburton exhibits and sells photos by local photographer Mark Burley and if beautiful artisanal craftworks appeal, you'll find some extraordinary pieces by local artisans at Craftmongers in Ashburton.

Light the Log Burner!

Finally, when it's wet and cold, there's nothing nicer than curling up in front of a log fire and reading a book, watching a movie, doing a puzzle or playing a game - you should find everything you need at the cottage. What could be more relaxing?!



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