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Towns of Dartmoor and South Devon

On this pageBovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh , Ivybridge, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Princetown, Tavistock, Totnes

Bovey Tracey – On the edge of the Dartmoor National Park it is home to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the House of Marbles (Glass Blowing Centre). Nearby are Dartmoor’s famous Becky Falls and Canonteign Falls England’s highest waterfall, 220 ft drop as well as the Parke Estate (National Trust) – over 200 acres of parkland in the wooded valley of the River Bovey with walks and a 1.5 mile cycle track.


Buckfastleigh – The famous Buckfast Abbey is situated in the village of Buckfast, on the edge of Dartmoor. The Abbey, grounds, restaurant, shops are one of the most popular attractions in Devon. The Valiant Soldier is a Pub ‘stuck in time’ the pub closed in the 1960s and was left untouched like a time capsule, now a small museum in the centre of the town. There is also Dartmoor Otter & Buckfast Butterflies this Otter Sanctuary and Butterfly Farm offers an enjoyable and educational attraction particularly for the younger ones, as is the Pennywelln Farm Activity Centre with animals, activities, shows, displays and rides. For the young and the big kids there is The South Devon Railway running seven mile along the valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.


Ivybridge – the town grew up around the old bridge and later the fast flowing river was the source of power for its mills. It is a favourite with walkers and is the start of the Two Moors Way between Ivybridge on the edge of Datmoor to Lynmouth on the North Coast of Exmoor.


Moretonhampstead – A small town with interesting Alms Houses and the Parish Church, it is home to a number of artists and crafts people. Nearby attractions include the Miniature Pony Centre and Castle Drogo (National Trust). There are also the remains of a Bronze Age settlement at Grimpound – dates back to 2000 BC and visit the Clapper Bridge at Postbridge which for 500 years carried travellers over the River Dart



Newton Abbot – nearby Decoy Country Park with a Green Flag Award with its wildlife and a range of leisure activities. Bradley Manor (National Trust) an unspoilt and fascinating medieval manor house, still a relaxed family home. The nearby Devon Wildlife Centre & Hospital is also open to visitors.


Okehampton – The town is on the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park, it has a Victorian shopping arcade, much Georgian architecture and a ruined Norman Castle – Okehampton Castle (English Heritage) and the small Museum of Dartmoor Life. Just to the north of the town is the Eastcott Vineyard offering award winning wines and vineyard tours. Okehampton Station is now a stop on the Dartmoor Railway a community interest company opperating the scenic line between Meldon Quarry and Sampford Courtenay. You can also visit Finch Foundry (National Trust) in the village of Sticklepath is last remaining water-powered forge in England gives a unique insight into village life in the 19th century. Take a walk along the Granit Way


Princetown – To many this is the heart of Dartmoor, home of the High Moorland Visitor Centre, and the Dartmoor Prison Museum. Also a good starting point for a walk or cycle ride to view the Tors and surrounding scenery.


Tavistock – the towns dates back to at least 961AD and its ancient Pannier Market was granted its Royal Charter in 1105 – 900 years and still going! The ruins of Tavistock Abbey can be found in the centre of the town. North of the town is Lydford Gorge, a mile and a half gorge – the Devils Cauldron and the 100ft Whit Lady waterfall. There is a fine view point at the 12th century St. Michael’s Church, Brentor – it sits on a granit outcrop 100ft above the surrounding area.


Totnes – History and heritage abound, with its many listed buildings there is the Totnes Image Bank and Photographic Archive, Totnes Elizabethan Museum and Study Centre and The Museum of Costume, Fashion and Textiles, and Totnes Castle to finish off. Pleasure trips on the river from Totnes to Dartmouth are on offer and in the other direction The South Devon Railway runs seven miles along the valley of the River Dart between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. Just a couple of miles from Totnes you can also find the ruin of Berry Pomeroy Castle. The Dartington Hall Estate near Totnes run by the Dartington Hall Trust, a social enterprise promoting the arts, social justice and sustainability includes The Shops at Dartington (retail centre) Garden and Grounds



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Bovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh , Ivybridge, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Princetown, Tavistock, Totnes

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