About Moretonhampstead

Moretonhampstead is an ancient market town situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. It sits in the shelter of hills on three sides and the beautiful Wray valley on the fourth. Dartmoor is only 4 miles away and no matter which road you take you cannot fail to be impressed by the breathtaking views. The town is about 15 miles from Exeter, Newton Abbot, Okehampton and Princetown and is a perfect place from which to visit the moors, the Devon countryside and the seaside.
Moretonhampstead began as a small Saxon settlement around A.D. 700 and the name is derived from the original Saxon Mortun meaning an enclosed piece of land near the moor. The addition of Hampstead came from one of the many Lords of the Manor much later on.
We are close to the centre of this thriving moorland town and aim to make as much use as possible of the amenities it offers.  In the Summer all the children use the open-air swimming pool, we visit the shops and the library and Green Hill Gallery.  Slightly further afield we take the children to Chagfood to find out about where our food comes from and Yarner Woods near Bovey Tracey for children to learn about the importance of environmental issues and learning outdoors.