Hemyock, Devon

Hemyock is a quiet village on the Blackdown Hills in Devon, and actually, the biggest one, so there’s a very sociable community with two shops, a hairdressers, a garage, medical centre and primary school. There’s a pub too of course – The Catherine Wheel, which is a traditional village pub that serves homecooked food and local beers and ciders; should you fancy something more in the line of street food, the Soul Food van is in the main car park on Tuesdays and Saturdays, though you’ll need to order in advance.

Falling within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty means there are some jolly good walks to be had in and around Hemyock, so pack your walking boots and head off into the fields on one of the footpaths. When you get back, pop your head in the church for a look about (churches are always worth a look about, aren’t they?) and on the wall you’ll see a list of ‘dog whippers’; seriously. Dog whippers wee employed by the church between the 16th and 19th centuries to keep unruly dogs away from the church during services! You learn something new every day…

All information correct at the time of writing

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