Harberton & Harbertonford Area Guide

Harberton is a lovely village, tucked away amidst the rolling hills of the South Devon countryside, approx three miles south-west of Totnes off the A381. Approached via narrow, hedge-lined lanes the first thing you see as you approach Harberton is St Andrew’s village church. There has been a Christian church in Harberton since 1100. The current building, featured in Simon Jenkins ‘1000 Best Churches’, dates from the 15th century. The Norman ‘girdle’ font is one of only twelve in Devon; the rood screen’s original wooden panels, replaced with metal ones in Victorian times, are still on display; the octagonal pulpit is outstanding, with rich foliate decoration and German statues and there is a beautifully carved sedilia.

In typical fashion next door to the church is the 13th century Church House Inn, a long house which was built to house the workmen who were constructing the church. This is a popular pub and a provides a wonderful heart to the village.

With a close community there are frequently many activities in the Village Hall, and the cricket club is well known in the South Hams for its energy and vibrancy not to mention its social side too.

There are numerous walks on the doorstep and it is also possible to walk to Totnes via a network of ancient Green Lanes.

Proceeding on along the A381 for approx. a mile and just after Nkuku the well know Home and Lifestyle store is the village of Harbertonford, which is nestled in the Harbourne valley and spreads out on both sides of the road. The village is well served with a petrol station with shop, a village shop with Post Office, plus it gets visits from a mobile library and a mobile fish & chip van!

There is a small primary school, which feeds into a number of secondary schools from KEVICC in Totnes to Kingsbridge Community College as well the Grammar schools in Torbay. St Peter’s Church is in the heart of the village and has a service on the 3rd Sunday of every month, it has a small but warm and welcoming congregation.

The village was formerly much affected by flooding, however a new flood defence dam was erected in 2012 which seems to have resolved the issue.  A vibrant village which is picturesquely set on the banks of the Harbourne, it has a mixed community of all ages and is located between Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Totnes and able to enjoy all the towns have to offer together with many fabulous sandy beaches.