Hatherleigh

Hatherleigh

  • Reknowned local market
  • Tarka Trail
  • Moorland walks

Hatherleigh is a thriving little market town with an ancient history, with many of its older buildings remaining. The George Hotel dates from the 15th century and was once the principal coaching stage between Bideford and Plymouth or Exeter.

Hatherleigh lies at the centre of Devon alongside the River Lew which feeds the River Torridge. There is a well know local market held every Tuesday and includes livestock, a poultry auction as well as homemade cakes and local produce.

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

Take any of the easterly roads out of the town and you will find yourself on the edge of some 500 acres of moor land. These acres were gifted to the people of Hatherleigh during the fourteenth century when the Borough´s householders, or ´potboilers´ as they were known, were given the right to graze stock and gather gorse for fuel - a right which continues to the present day. On the moor is St. John´s Well, a "holy well," the water from which was formerly used at baptisms.

The Tarka Trail runs from Hatherleigh to Oakhampton and is a scenic, level, traffic free cycle route, named after Henry Williamson’s book Tarka the Otter. There are many beautiful walks to be taken around Hatherleigh and plenty of welcoming Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels and Inns to rest your weary feet in at the end of the day and take full advantage of the fantastic local food.

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