- Ashburton, the largest town wholly within the National
Park It has a thriving town centre that not only offers good local
produce through its traditional butchers, bakers and delicatessen
but has also gained a reputation for being a centre for antiques,
with many varied antique shops including antiquarian books
architectural salvage and auction house. The town is also home to a
fine collection of North American Indian items housed within the
town museum. Nudging southern Dartmoor, this ancient
Stannary town of Ashburton is the ideal
location for exploring the National Park, south Devon's seaside resorts, towns and
attractions. The largest town wholly within the National Park boundary, it
straddles the River Ashburn, four miles before it joins the River Dart. The wealth of
architecture within the town is due to the history of wool and tin industries and the town
houses built by the wealthy merchants. Enjoy the magnificent views from Terrace Walk, historical
buildings and many and varied shop, many in typical Devon gable-styled houses. A good friendly atmosphere, traditional annual events, interesting
shops and various markets make Ashburton a town well worth visiting.
- Half Day Closing: Wednesday.
- Tuesday - Indoor Pannier (am)
- Thursday - Cattle, 1st Thursday in month.
- Historical events
- Annual Carnival, thought to be Devon's oldest
(last Saturday in June to 1st Saturday in July)
- The Ancient Ale Tasting and Bread Weighing Ceremony
and Medieval Fair
- (3rd Saturday in July)
- The Court & Law Day - the centuries old
ceremony for choosing the town's Portreeve
- (3rd Tuesday in November)
- Local towns and villages to visit..
- About Dartmoor
- Newton Abbot
- Sea fishing at
Teignmouth, Paignton, Torquay and Brixham (including shark
fishing). Trout and salmon fishing in the upper reaches of
the Rivers Teign and Dart.