Winkleigh is one of Devon's undiscovered treasures... It is a rural retreat small enough to retain its unique traditions, but large enough to boast a vibrant village community.
Situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor, today's modern village boasts 2 public houses, a Post Office, a butcher's shop, a wet fish shop, a general stores, a vets and a doctors' surgery.
The historic farming village has a wealth of clubs, and organisations from the famous Winkleigh Singers to the Winkleigh Society which works to enrich the lives of people in the community.
The thriving primary school has its own young gospel choir, and the community unites without fail every year at the start of the summer for the 750 year old Winkleigh Fair.
Winkleigh has an extensive and fascinating history and is the only village in Devon to boast the remains of 12th century castles - two large historic mounds. Its airfield, which played an important role during World War II, is equally well known today.
Winkleigh's role in World War I is splendidly told in the Winkleigh Heroes website, which traces the lives of Winkleigh men who died in the Great War of 1914-18. It also contains details of the Winkleigh Census from 1841 through to 1911.
The village is currently served by three bus services, viz.
- 5B between Exeter & Barnstaple. Stagecoach Daily Service
- 647 Carmels Coaches to Exeter, Fridays 9.30 - Return 14.00
- 648 Carmels Coaches to Okehampton: Mondays & Fridays 0930 - return 1230
- Friday Ring-and-Ride Mini-Coach service to Okehampton and Barnstaple. Click here for information or ring 01237 423232.