• Edge of Dartmoor National Park
  • Ideal base for walkers
  • Picnic on the banks of the River Erme

Ivybridge was named after the little 13th century hump back bridge in the centre of the town under which flows the River Erme, immortalised by a number of important artists including J M W Turner.

Ivybridge was originally a mill town with the River Erme providing the power for three mills – one of which still exists today.

Today the river now provides a wonderful feature for the town centre and is the start of walks south along with Erme Valley Trail and north to Dartmoor; the town itself marks the start of the “Two Moors Way”.

On the other side of the river, the path runs from the original Ivy Bridge to the remains of the original Brunel viaduct and into Longtimber Woods - a great place for a walk along the Erme or shady picnic.

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

Ivybridge is full of small local shops located in Fore Street and a weekly farmers market. There is plenty of accommodation to be found and local restaurants to restock your energy levels after you’ve spent a day exploring.

Much of the townscape around and south of the bridge area is of Georgian and Victorian construction - and all the interesting bits can be explored by following the Heritage Trail in the town guide, available from the tourist information centre.

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