Ilsington, Devon, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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National Park: Dartmoor
AONBs: South Devon, East Devon
Towns/Villages: Widecombe in the Moor, Haytor Vale, Ashburton, Bovey Tracey. Also, the area known as The English Riviera

Moors and coast
Ilsington is a village in the east of Dartmoor National Park. Built around an impressive church, there's a local pub called The Carpenters Arms and a top hotel just down the road. It's a superb area in which to base yourself as there's quick access from the A38 and it's near the high moors from which there are views down to the Devon coast.

Close to Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor (East Dartmoor), Ilsington is just east of the famous moorland village Widecombe in the Moor. Lustleigh Cleave is to the north, the stunning Dart Gorge to the south west. The Dartmoor Way runs through the village and the Templer Way begins, or ends, on Haytor Down.

Up on the moors, we'd recommend seeing The Ten Commandments Stones on Buckland Beacon and exploring the landscape on horseback from one of the area's many stables. In Spring, walk through the bluebells on Holwell Lawn. In Autumn, walk the area's many wooded valleys and cleaves. Hound Tor Medieval Settlement is fascinating, seeing Bowerman's Nose is great fun.

Beaches
Given that Ilsington is close to the eastern border of Dartmoor National Park, there's also fast access to the Devon coast. Many of Devon's finest beaches are within reasonable driving distance. Browse our Top 10 Beaches in South Devon list for ideas.

To the south east, The English Riviera has some wonderful attractions and beaches. If you're on holiday in the Ilsington area for any period of time, we'd suggest exploring the East Devon AONB as well.

If you want to visit a city, try Exeter to the north east and Plymouth to the south west.


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Ilsington Manor House (Remains), Devon

Located in Ilsington, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

In the north east corner of Ilsington St Michael's churchyard, across the road from the local school, are the partial remains of the old manor house and an information board that outlines its history. It begins: 'Ilsingt...

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Ilsington St Michael's Church, Devon

Located in Ilsington, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

The building we see today mostly dates from the fifteenth century but, as is the case with many churches in the UK, it was constructed on the site of an older place of worship. Take time to read the information boards wi...

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Ilsington St Michael's Church Lych Gate, Devon

Located in Ilsington, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Unusual lych gate above which is a building that was once used as a schoolroom. To the south west of Ilsington St Michael's Church, just off the road that passes through the village towards The Carpenters Arms pub, the l...

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Silver Wood Barn
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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 505 - 1,034 Per Week

Set in a pretty moorland village 2 miles from Haytor Rock this imaginatively converted ancient stone barn offers very comfortable spacious accommodation. Enjoying stunning views over an unspoilt valley it is only 3 minut...

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The Old Stables
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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 708 - 1,672 Per Week

This superb barn conversion boasts stunning countryside views a secluded patio (pictured) for alfresco dining and a large garden as well an ideal holiday location adjoining another property in a delightful moorland villa...

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Ilsington Country House Hotel, Newton Abbot
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 25; Rates: 95 - 140 Per Night

Nestled amid 10 acres of private grounds, on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park, this family-run hotel provides the ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty of South Devon...

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