The North Devon Village of High Bickington
High Bickington is a beautiful rural village located in the Torridge district of Devon. Settled on a ridge of a hill, it has stunning views over Exmoor.
High Bickington can be dated as early as the Saxon times and is referred to as 'Bichentone' in the 1086 Doomsday Book. It was owned by nobleman and kings until 1150 where the land was divided between several families and in the 1400 when the land was sold off by the families. It was noted that around the time of the doomsday book High Bickington was populated by 17 families (around 100 people) but is nearing 1000 residents now.
In Saxon Times High Bickington belonged to a nobleman called Britric whose nickname was 'Meau' (the fair). Unfortunately, he spurned the advances of Matilda who later became the wife of William the Conqueror, she had him imprisoned and then killed (which he may have felt was not fair!).
What's there /What to do?
Featuring two pubs, a golf course, an amazing community shop, doctor's office, school, hairdressers, a large community centre, other wonderful small businesses, several wedding venues and lovely holiday accommodation - High Bickington is perfect for an unspoilt relaxing getaway.
The community centre hosts events year round, the community shop offers freshly baked cakes which is perfect after invigorating walks or as a treat after pootling around. The pubs offer a friendly atmosphere where locals play pub sports. Play a round of golf, on the local course at Libbaton Golf Course.
Enjoy exploring the stunning woodlands, lush green fields with cheeky farm animals, clear water brooks, rambling rivers and lakes.
How to get there
High Bickington is mainly accessed from the B3217 road, around 6 miles from Great Torrington, 8 miles from South Molton and 8 miles from Barnstaple. High Bickington is close to Umberleigh Train Station (Tarka Line from Exeter). 50.9703°N 3.9963°W
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