• Home
  • High Heathercombe Centre

The High Heathercombe Centre

Heathercombe Brake, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9XE
The High Heathercombe Centre is situated 1250 feet (380 metres) high in the Dartmoor National Park, backing onto the open moor and adjoining Heathercombe woodlands. The Centre looks out over the valley towards Easdon Tor, providing a beautiful, tranquil setting for a variety of activities and courses throughout the year.

The High Heathercombe Centre has hosted two residential permaculture design courses each year since 2009 and also runs a wide programme of other courses and events, including Creative Family Weeks, Retreats, Arts and Crafts Courses and Volunteer Weeks. The developing vision incorporates permaculture principles, sustainability, arts and crafts, forest school and an embryonic organic vegetable garden. The Centre is run on a charitable basis by the High Heathercombe Trust.

For those who are especially interested, the High Heathercombe Centre offers an extra emphasis on social permaculture and on designing food systems for challenging environments.

Getting There

The High Heathercombe Centre is situated within the boundary of the southern half of Dartmoor National Park. The nearby section of the A38 Expressway skirts the south moor, running from Exeter to Plymouth, and provides easy access to the area as a whole - with Totnes (home of the Transition Movement) less than 20 miles away. The Heathercombe Woodland, where the Centre is located, is roughly three miles from the moorland village of Manaton.
Please beware of the poor road surface in places when approaching the Heathercombe Estate - plus the very steep incline and sharp corner on the last hill up to the Centre.
By Public Transport:
Our nearest railway station is Newton Abbot. If you are intending to come by train please let us know in advance, as we may be able to organise a car share from the station. Aranya usually offers a free pick up for those who arrive around 2pm on Saturday.
A taxi from Newton Abbot will cost in the region of £30.
By Car:
If you are able to offer a car share, please respond to all when the lift request email is sent out.
High Heathercombe is situated about 3 miles from the centre of Manaton village. It can be approached from Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, Moretonhampstead or Princetown.
From Bovey Tracey, follow signs to Widecombe, Haytor and Manaton. About ¼ mile after the roundabout at Bovey fire station follow the road to the right in the direction signposted Manaton (and Becky Falls) only. After about 4.5 miles you will reach the Kestor Inn in Manaton village. Continue a further 2 miles on the same road until you meet Heatree crossroads. Go straight across in the direction signposted Heathercombe and Natsworthy.
* At the top of the hill go straight-ahead following Heathercombe signs. Continue down into Heathercombe between two houses and continue up the steep hill beyond. Please note the hill is very steep with a sharp right hand bend. Once at the top follow the signs for the Car Park.
From Moretonhampstead, follow the B3212 to Postbridge and Princetown.
After about 3 miles, having passed Bovey Castle and Miniature Pony Centre, turn left at Watching Place Cross, signposted Manaton. Follow the road for about 2.5 miles bringing you to Heatree Cross. Turn Right at Heatree Crossroads, signposted for Heathercombe and Natsworthy. * Continue from * as above.
Bringing a live-in vehicle/caravan:
Please note that the final approach to High Heathercombe is a steep hill with a sharp bend half way up it. If you are planning to for instance tow a caravan with an old vehicle, please call the Centre first and speak to them about it.
By Bicycle:
While we commend you for arriving by bicycle, please note that it is all uphill from Bovey Tracey and that the journey will take you considerably longer than normal to cover the distance you see on the map. There is a particularly nasty hill right at the end. Please take this into account when allowing enough time to cycle.
For Sat-Nav users the postcode is TQ13 9XE - but your sat-nav is unlikely to bring you all the way. Postcode TQ13 9XE usually only takes you to the Heatree Activity Centre, so please check the Heathercombe website for detailed directions.