An Ex-Great Western Railway Loco at Buckfastleigh Station
Photo: Martin Bodman CCL
|Lying in the Dart Valley on the South Devon Railway’s steam-operated line, this is a small former mill town on the southern fringes of Dartmoor. The town’s local heritage centre has a recreation of an old-fashioned Dartmoor pub.|
|Close by is a
butterfly farm and an otter sanctuary.
Dartington Hall is the largest medieval house in the west of England and stands within a 2,500-acre estate.
The town grew up around 11th century Buckfast Abbey. Founded by King Canute in 1018, it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539 but lovingly rebuilt by a dedicated band of French monks in the last century.
Hembury Woods and Hill Fort, owned by the National Trust, lie north of the village.