Northlew is a Devon village on the edge of Dartmoor. A lively place to live with many young families and lots going on. It has an attractive main square surrounded by traditional buildings, some of them thatched; just off the square are a village store, pub, the local primary school and two churches, the Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas Becket and the Methodist church. Northlew has had its own Wireless Community Broadband Network in the village for the last 3 years. The village can be found approx. 7 miles northwest of Okehampton and 5 miles west of the ancient town of Hatherleigh. The village is named after the River Lew which runs through the valley and is crossed on entry to the village. The fine Parish Church of St Thomas of Canterbury contains a beautiful carved screen, pews and fascinating roof bosses and dates from the 15th century.
Historically, Northlew formed part of Black Torrington Hundred. It gets its name from the ancient manor of Lew, mentioned in the Domesday Book; the village of Lewdown and the River Lew are nearby. The larger town of Okehampton nestles on the Northern fringes of the Dartmoor National Park, within the town there is a wide range of local and national shops to include a Waitrose and a Victorian shopping arcade. For those keen on sport there are thriving football, rugby and golf clubs and a leisure centre with swimming pool and gym. Education caters for children up to the age of eighteen. From Okehampton the Cathedral City of Exeter is less than 30 minutes away by car; from here further road links to the M5 can be found.