Ashburton

Ashburton

  • Ancient Stannary town
  • Within Dartmoor National Park
  • Perfect for walkers

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Ashburton and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

Located half way between Plymouth and Exeter, Ashburton lies on the southerly slopes of Dartmoor and is the only town entirely within the boundaries of the Dartmoor National Park.

Dating from Saxon times this ancient Stannary town has grown into the bustling market town that it is today. Originally it made its living from the tin mined on Dartmoor and the woolen industry with the river providing the power for the mills. Stannary towns were important centres for the trade of tin as all rough smelted tin had to be stamped before it could be taken away and used.

Today Ashburton is a small and friendly town with an annual summer carnival which lasts for ten days ending in a huge Tug of War. The town has plenty of restaurants and small shops to explore. If you fancy a trek on Dartmoor there is a local riding stables at Babeny Farm and also several antique shops to browse through.

Ashburton is a great base for exploring Dartmoor and its pretty villages or head towards the sea and visit Dartmouth or Torbay. Walking is particularly enjoyable here and there are plenty of walks available from the Ashburton Information Centre.

The Dartmoor area is renowned for its Myths, legends and numerous ghost stories. This is maybe due in part to the bleak nature of the moor and its changeable weather conditions. There are many books detailing these stories and they all make a good read during your stay.

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