Ashburton lies in the heart of the South Devon countryside on the southern slopes of Dartmoor. It is roughly half way between Plymouth and Exeter and is a colourful, quirky and vibrant historic town nestling in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, Ashburton is not only the Southern Gateway to Dartmoor, with a choice of local hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and campsites, it’s also the ideal base from which to explore the whole region – from moor to sea plus there are many nice walks right from the town.
An eclectic mix of independent shops cater for all tastes and occasions. Once again busy restaurants, pubs, cafés and tea rooms buzz with conversation whilst tantalising aromas beckon you in from the street – just step inside for a taste of the best the South West has to offer! Try the fish deli for all things fishy or if meat is your thing try Dartmoor Butchers who butcher their own meat on site from local producers. Or for relaxed dining try the social enterprise OPOP standing for one price one plate, or for more fine dining try The Old Library.
Going outdoors, Ashburton has a popular much loved Outdoor Swimming Pool which is open from May to September each year and is heated so you can enjoy a lovely swim whatever the weather. The pool offers a variety of activities such as Aquafit, adult and child swimming lessons and water polo.
Nearby River Dart Adventures based at River Dart Country Park is close to Ashburton on the southern slopes of Dartmoor. It comprises of about ninety acres of lovely parkland, once part of a Victorian country estate, on either side of the River Dart.
Ashburton’s nearest tor on Dartmoor is Buckland Beacon. From this high point there is a magnificent panorama of deep and wooded valleys, with the River Dart winding away towards Dartmeet and the wild moorland hills beyond. Buckland Beacon is 1281 feet above sea level. A local stone-mason has cut the Ten Commandments into the granite rock.
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