woolen centre on the banks of the River Yeo,
Ashburton is one of Dartmoor’s largest towns
and boasts an eclectic museum with an
internationally-famous collection of North
American Indian memorabilia. Ashburton became
a ‘Stannary’ town in the 14th century where
Dartmoor tin could be officially weighed and
A number of arcane ceremonies are staged each year, including an ale tasting, a bread weighing festival and a 1,000-year-old Court and Law Day.
Dart Country Park is an outdoors adventure
playground with trees that include redwoods
and red cedars, and nearby Dartmeet is one of
Dartmoor’s most popular beauty spots.
Buckfast Abbey, just a few miles from Ashburton, stands as a testament to the ingenuity and sheer determination of French monks who rebuilt it over a period of 30 years in the 20th century. The original 11th century structure abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII.
Also nearby is the Iron Age hill fort of Boro Wood Camp above the fast flowing the River Dart.