A small picturesque Devon village, Witheridge is set amidst un-spoilt undulating countryside, which has a remote and tranquil feeling difficult to find elsewhere these days. The village sits at a height of 600 feet above sea level, and is set on rolling hills in the beautiful Devon Countryside, with Exmoor National Park to the North, and Dartmoor National Park a short distance away to the South, whilst a short drive will take you to the beautiful Tarka Trail at Eggesford. It is an enchanting, often forgotten region of the county, with many wooded valleys associated with the path of the Little Dart River, and a variety of beautiful countryside scenes, rolling hills, hidden woodlands, and spectacular scenery.

Everywhere you travel you will see an amazing network of hedgerow's that fill the landscape. The ancient hedges of Devon are, along with those on Dartmoor, amongst the oldest in the country, dating back in some cases to the Bronze Age. Just outside the village stand Witheridge and Darte Raffe Moors, and it is these moors that saw the first settlements some 3000 years ago, and the Bronze Age burial mounds on the moors are evidence of this occupation. The area surrounding the village is predominantly agricultural, and the countryside is a rich haven for wildlife. Deer are a common sight in the many woods and river valleys, buzzard's circle in the clear air, and badgers and rabbits abound. Whilst in spring, Yeo Copse is filled with a carpet of blue-bells, and wild primrose abound.

Sitting quietly by the banks of the Little River Dart you may catch a glimpse of a Kingfisher on his solitary patrol. Witheridge is on the Two Moors Way, and is rightly regarded as "A Gateway to the Two Moors Way, being one of the few villages of any size on the 103 mile route. The walk passes through some of the loveliest countryside in Devon, from Ivybridge in the South to Lynton in the North, and links our Two National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Exmoor National Park is situated to the North of the village and is within easy driving distance. Although it is one of the smaller National Parks it contains a variety of magnificent landscapes, and the central plateau is of open Moorland which is both spacious and remote. To the north the moorland terminates in the towering cliffs above the Bristol Channel. Rocky headlands, steep wooded ravines, plunging waterfalls and jumbled heaps of fallen rock make this an area of outstanding scenic beauty, and it is rightly defined as a "Heritage Coast



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