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.
Today Ashburton is a lively centre for inland tourism, with walking, canoeing, pony trekking and fishing bringing many visitors to the town. Beside specialist shops for walkers, there are plenty of antique shops, galleries and a variety of eateries to sustain your interest, as well as some 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. The Tourist Information Centre has lots more information.
A short distance west of Ashburton is the River Dart Adventure Centre where you can climb, slide and splash your way around acres of woodland, lake and river.
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Ride over Dartmoor in a small group tailored to your experience, whether a total beginner, experienced rider or somewhere in between. Lessons and Livery also available. Qualified and experienced staff, British Horse Society Approved, TDC Licensed.
The River Dart Country Park is packed with adventures and fun for all the family. With over 25 activities included in the price, let your children's imagination run wild - there's excitement for the whole family around every corner!
CAReFREE DARTMOOR: Explore the lovely Dartmoor National Park on foot or on a top-quality electric bike -- or both. We offer guided tours, designed to suit you, that start from a variety of locations on Dartmoor and last a full or half day.
24 Oct - 29 Oct 2017
October Half Term Fun at Pennywell Farm Toursist Attraction in Devon is all treats and no tricks this October Half Term!
All the Pennywell animals will be waiting for their last cuddle of the season and the...
Explore beautiful Dartmoor on Horseback. No previous experience required. Pub rides are geared to any ability and all rides are accompanied by an experienced escort.
Come and see us after Christmas and into the New Year and enjoy a mince pie and trip down the line. Booking not required.
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Ilsington Village, Bovey Tracey
Contemporary dining in elegant and breathtaking surroundings, with dramatic views over Dartmoor and up to Haytor rocks.
Hawkeye Falconry is one of the most sought after display teams in the UK and having seen them in action, we understand why. Two breath-taking displays, a beautiful and varied collection of birds, plus plenty of opportunities to chat to the team,...
A magnificent Christmas concert in aid of children's charity Brainwave, showcasing the best of Dartmoor's musical and dancing talents, from the hugely entertaining Big Noise Chorus to Moretonhampstead's Handbell Ringers, Marina Saldanha's Dance...
Dartmoor Electric Bicycles offer bespoke GUIDED TOURS and E BIKE HIRE, and are the perfect way to explore the diverse and beautiful National Park. Our top of the range German and Swiss e bikes ensure a comfy ride and a fabulous adventure.
All our cookery courses are based around fundamental cookery techniques and methods - we'll teach you how to produce your own fabulous food.
It's his end of the season finale show - so anything could happen!
The Dining Room at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre is opening its doors to the general public for a very special 4 course meal at 7pm on Saturday 8th April. The Conference Dining Room wants to showcase the rich variety of local produce prepared...
One of the most interesting gifts was a Magnolia delavayi near the wildlife pond which came from Agatha Christie's garden at Greenway on the River Dart.
Friday fun and comedy with two shows in the Pennywell Theatre
The Lost Sound, Dartmoor Folk Choir is delighted to be joined for this concert in the lovely town of Tavistock by the excellent shanty group, Mariners Away.
'Stunning, mesmerising, haunting, exquisite '
The recent performance of The Lost Sound...
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Treat the mother in your life to a beautiful Dartmoor walk followed by spa afternoon at the Ilsington Country House Hotel Spa. We will be a small group of maximum 8 women - mothers, step- and foster-mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers are...
Another fun-filled season at Pennywell starts with a bumper week of awesome activities, super shows and exciting entertainment. Pay one admission and you will be given a FREE return so you can visit as often as you like and join in with all the fun...
Pennywell's favourite Dan returns with his shows and workshops.
In the Otter Sanctuary there are three species of otter to see, our native British otter, the playful Asian short clawed otters and the large North American river otters who love to show off.