Buckfastleigh

Buckfastleigh

  • Perfect for walking on Dartmoor
  • Close to Otter Sanctuary
  • Beautiful steam railway
  • Buckfast Abbey

Buckfastleigh is located on the southerly edge of Dartmoor in mid-Devon. Historically the town of Buckfastleigh, being surrounded by water and on the edge of Dartmoor, was ideally placed for wool production. There were five mills in operation in the 16th century and by the end of the 19th century the town was experiencing industrial prosperity with public buildings and workers cottages being built.

Today, some of the original businesses still exist in the area and other mill buildings have been utilised for newer industries. The surviving section of the wooden millrace is still used to supply the tannery with water from the River Mardle and can be seen in Market Street.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Buckfastleigh 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

Buckfastleigh is an ideal base for walking and cycling. There are endless possibilities for walking on Dartmoor: the famous Abbot´s Way starts at Buckfast and the Two Moors Way and South Devon Millennium Trail pass through the outskirts of the Town. You can discover more about the excellent walking opportunities on Dartmoor by joining a Dartmoor National Park Guided Walk.

The town is well equipped with amenities - two public parks, a swimming pool, skate park, tennis courts, a bowling green and local shops. The Town holds local events throughout the year -such as the Farmers Market every Thursday, Lamb Pie day in the Spring, and the May Fun Day - and has many local stories and folklore for you to discover.

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