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A pretty East Devon village nestling in the spectacular Yarty Valley with its steep rolling meadows and ancient woods on the south edge of the Blackdown Hills, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.




The Orientation Table situated on the south side of the A30 just above the village centre

Historically we have some claim to fame.  Earl Harold (as of King) briefly owned the manor, prior to his demise at the Battle of Hastings, and much later in Elizabethan times the ownership passed to Francis Drake.  Today one of his ancestors remains squire of Yarcombe.   There was also infamy in the time of the Hundred Years war when money was sent from Yarcombe by its French owner to the armies of France  to fight the English.

Yarcombe has many traditions:  pig and terrier racing, barrel rolling and metal ball throwing.

For several years The East Devon Sheep Dog trails have been held here in July.




Yarcombe's village centre is small with its historical Norman church, old inn with monastical roots, hotel, B&B, village hall and cluster of houses, but its many outlying farms and hamlets make Yarcombe a large parish with a very active community.  We can boast of several music and singing groups, award winning amateur dramatics, Saturday markets selling homemade locally grown produce, rural crafts etc, village hall activities, flower and garden shows.

The Belfry Hotel and our local, The Yarcombe Inn have both won prestigious awards, although at the time of writing the latter's future is in some doubt, having been acquired by new owners who have not committed to continue trading as a pub.

Yarcombe is a working village with farming and agricultural support services important for its way of life and  employment.  There are other small businesses in the community covering accommodation and food, building and joinery, motor services, furniture making, and rural crafts.  


The Yarcombe Solar Eclipse, 20th March 2015

A map of Yarcombe, Devon. Click to see the map on MSN Maps & Directions


Close to the Devon/Somerset border and not far from West Dorset, Yarcombe's nearest towns are Chard, 6 miles, and Honiton, 8 miles, both old and attractive.  Nearby are the coastal resorts of Lyme Regis, Seaton, Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth to name but a few.   Further afield lay Taunton, 12 miles to the north and Exeter and Yeovil, around 25 miles west and east respectively.

In 2005 Yarcombe  entered the Calor Village of the Year Competition and, with great pride and much hard work by our organisers, won the Devon Village of the Year.  We then automatically went through to the West of England finals and finished top of the Business of the Year category for the region.