Lustleigh, South Devon

Lustleigh, South Devon
  • One of Dartmoor's most beautiful villages located on the eastern side of the National Park
  • Situated by the sublime Lustleigh Cleave. This steep-sided wooded valley provides some of the best walking and views on Dartmoor. Remarkable in autumn
  • Great pub and tea rooms. The Cleave Pub and the Primrose Tea Room are in the centre of the village
  • Lustleigh is surrounded by top tourist attractions including Becky Falls and Canonteign Falls
  • The A382 provides access to Moretonhampstead to the north and Bovey Tracey to the south. These, in turn, are gateway towns to Dartmoor's high moor and tors
  • Main photo: walking to the centre of Lustleigh village for the Lustleigh May Day Fair


Walking Lustleigh Cleave

Lustleigh Cleave. Rivers rise on Dartmoor's high moor and cut extraordinary steep-sided valleys and gorges as they flow down to the coast. One of the best valleys, or cleaves, is Lustleigh Cleave. The views from the broad ridge at the top of the cleave are immense. We'd recommend heading to Hunter's Tor (Lustleigh Cleave/East Dartmoor) from Lustleigh and Lustleigh Cleave.


Lustleigh pubs and tea rooms

The Cleave Pub. Relax in The Cleave Pub after a walk. Located in the centre of the village by the church, it's a great place.

Primrose Tea Room. Alternatively, enjoy a cream tea at Primrose Tea Room. Again, located in the centre of the village by the church.


Lustleigh and a National Nature Reserve

East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. The broad ridge at the top of Lustleigh Cleave is high ground. Look back down the valley and you'll see the woods and moorland that make up the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.

England's first National Nature Reserve, the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve consists of parts of the Bovey Valley, Trendlebere Down and Yarner Wood.


Lustleigh and famous Dartmoor waterfalls

Becky Falls. Fast-flowing rivers and streams tumble over granite boulders and cliffs around the National Park. Becky Falls is one of the most popular.

Canonteign Falls. At 220 feet, Lady Exmouth Falls is the highest waterfall in England.


Lustleigh and famous Dartmoor tors

Haytor Rocks. Follow the A382 to Bovey Tracey and then the B3387 to Haytor Vale and you'll see Dartmoor's most famous tor rising in front you.

Hound Tor. Continue further and you'll come to one of Dartmoor's most dramatic tors with Haytor Rocks visible across the valley.


The Wray Valley Trail

This multi-use trail runs between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead in Dartmoor National Park. It passes through Lustleigh on the way.

[Note that this is being completed in late 2019/early 2020.]


Park Estate near Lustleigh

Parke Estate (National Trust). Beautiful country estate by Lustleigh and Bovey Tracey. Follow the Wray Valley Trail from Lustleigh to explore the estate. There's an excellent cafe.

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Education and Visitor Centre is also located on the estate.


Visitor attractions near Lustleigh

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is in Bovey Tracey.

House of Marbles and Teign Valley Glass is a popular family visitor attraction on the outskirts of Bovey Tracey.


Lustleigh and beautiful reservoirs

Tottiford, Trenchford and Kennick reservoirs are particularly beautiful in autumn and are located across the A382 on the other side of the Wray Valley from Lustleigh. Great walking here.


The heart of Dartmoor

Follow the A382 up to Moretonhampstead and then take the B3212 west and you're driving across high moorland on your way to Postbridge and Princetown.