Ashburton is a lively town nestled on the southern side of Dartmoor. Home to many antique shops, galleries, book shops and a variety of eateries it is the perfect place to while away a few hours.
Ashburton was an important centre for the tin trade in the middle ages and in 1305 became one of the four official stannary towns (the others were Chagford, Plympton and Tavistock) which had special powers to assay the tin produced from the Dartmoor mines. When the local tin, iron and woollen trades declined in the 17th Century, Ashburton made a living from passing trade on the main road from Exeter to Plymouth and many of the buildings you see today date from this period.
When the railway bypassed the town (in 1846), its future did not look bright, and Ashburton was largely forsaken until the 1950's when the quiet and beauty of the Dart Valley began to attract residents seeking an escape from urban life.
Things to do
Due to its location Ashburton is an ideal base for visitors interested in walking, canoeing, pony trekking and fishing.
Something a little different
The town is host to a number of unusual ceremonial events dating from the stannary days, including an ale tasting and bread weighing ceremony (held at the end of July each year). There's also a sports centre and a museum covering the history of mining and wool processing in the town.