Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a small parish of approximately 196 households although the area itself covers a relatively large area. It is located within the heart of the Dartmoor national park. The village of Widecombe lies within the beautiful valley of the East Webburn river (which is actually more of a stream at this stage of its life). The name is thought to derive from 'Withy-combe' which means Willow Valley.
The village is world-famous for its fair, held annually on the second Tuesday in September, which gave rise to the well-known folk song 'Widecombe Fair' and the characters of Uncle Tom Cobley and All. The village is also home to the impressive St Pancras Church also known as the “Cathedral in the moor”. The church plays an important part in school life as a centre for annual school events such as the leavers’ service and also the right of passage for Year 6 leavers who, on their last day at school, get to climb to the top of the tower.
The Parish of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is still largely a farming community, although upland stock farming was never easy and it is particularly difficult at the moment. However, farmers are a resourceful lot and engage in a variety of activities to supplement the farming. There are also two pubs in the village, a variety of bed and breakfasts and several cafes and shops.
Widecombe-in-the-moor, while set in a rural setting, is 15 minutes from the A38, just over half an hour from Exeter and 50 minutes from Plymouth.