This colourful town is set in a hilltop overlooking the River Torridge with unspoilt views of the countryside. Famous for its role in the English Civil War, today there are regular re-enactments, festivals and celebrations to mark the towns 17th century heritage.
A favourite with walking enthusiasts, the town is surrounded by common land of over 300 acres with plenty of trails to choose from. The Heritage Museum has local railway memorabilia, agricultural artefacts and forging tools. The Victorian Pannier Market has a selection of shops and cafes, and The Plough Arts Centre has various film screenings, live shows and workshops to take part in. No visit to the area is complete without visiting the Dartington Crystal Experience where you can watch the craftsmen at work and even take part in a glass blowing course.
The beautiful gardens at Rosemoor are lovely for a walk or a picnic, with a mix of ornamental gardens and woodland walks. For an adrenaline packed day, try the Southdown Adventure centre which offers archery, clay pigeon shooting and quad biking. The Survival Paintball site is a fun day out and then just a short drive to the coast for surfing opportunities, there is also cycle hire available locally for exploring the surrounding countryside.