Welcome to Tavistock Devon

The south west’s famous market town, it’s rich history and famous son’s and daughters tell a story that spans over a thousand years, King’s and Queen’s have come to visit and many a tale can be told of murder and mystery!

tavistock-shopsToday Tavistock Devon can boast many attractions and a large mixed locally owned shopping area with a pannier market open almost everyday and regular farmers markets held in the town square that sell various locally grown vegetables, rare breed meats and locally made items.

Tavistock Devon has a long history and is a vibrant and interesting town to live and visit, and has World Heritage status as part of the eastern Gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Tavistock Devon is the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, vice admiral (c. 1540 – 27 January 1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world, from 1577 to 1580 (“Francis Drake” Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia 2014).

Tavistock lies on the edge of Dartmoor, around 24 kilometers (14.9 mi) north of Plymouth on the A386, with a population of 11,018, circa 2005. The town is centered on the paved amenity of Bedford Square, around which are found St. Eustachius Church and the Abbey ruins, to the west, the Grade 2-listed Town Hall, the disused former Guildhall/magistrates’ court buildings, and Pannier Market buildings behind the Town Hall.

Dartmoor Prison Museum

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Visit us and learn about ‘life inside’ one of the world’s most famous and notorious jails. Our museum attracts more than 35,000 visitors every year from all over the world. Some of the artefacts and documents on display will surprise you but will certainly enable you to form an opinion about prison life. (more…)

May 29, 2016 |

Hotel Endsleigh

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Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 22.23.07Endsleigh Hotel is situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in Devon with a salmon river at the bottom of its green landscaped gardens created by Humphry Repton, a short 15 minute drive from Tavistock the hotel which is owned by Olga Polizzi and is a grade 1 listed building offers much more than just a place to stay.

Gardens, Fishing, Shooting, Falconry, Cinema and Theatre, just some of the things to do here and you can attend all these without being a hotel guest, simply check out the ‘whats on feature’ on their website and book yourself in! (more…)

May 24, 2016 |

Merrivale Rows

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Merrival Stone Rows

Bronze Age Stone Rows, Cist, Cairns and Cairn Circle

Just outside of Tavistock You will find one of the best bronze age stone rows on Dartmoor, south and north row, made up of stone rows, stone circles, cairns, cists and standing stones.

Dartmoor has the largest concentrations of stone rows of any area in Britain and the Merrivale Stone Rows have a few people refer to these stones as stone avenues or ritual causeways but the stones narrow to as little as 0.2m which is too narrow for a ritual causeway. (more…)

January 17, 2016 |

Morwellham Quay

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Morwelham Quay

An award-winning attraction, Morwelham Quay ispart of a World Heritage site, featuring historic port, village, copper mine and railway just four miles west of Tavistock and bordering the beautiful River Tamar.

Discover this lost world with the help of our interactive living history team, a highlight of which is the unique narrow-gauge Mine Railway, travel by train along the banks of the River Tamar before venturing deep underground in the George & Charlotte copper mine, experience the harsh working conditions of Victorian miners. (more…)

January 17, 2016 |

Tavistock Canal

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The Tavistock Canal was constructed early in the 19th century to link the town of Tavistock to Morwellham Quay on the River Tamar some 5 miles, about 15 minutes away from Tavistock.
The canal was opened on the 24th June 1817 and was constructed to carry copper ore from the mines at the Wheal Friendship and the Wheal Crowndale mine, and later from Wheal Crebor all close to Tavistock.

The port at Morwelham was able to take in ships up to 200 tons and was located on the tidal river Tamar some 23 miles inland!

The canal today can be walked along from Tavistock past Tavistock School and along till you reach the closed off pint that enters into the tunnel, a walk of about 3 miles. (more…)

January 17, 2016 |

3 Reservoirs Walk

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Dartmoor covers some 954 square kilometres of granite uplands, Tors and areas of outstanding beauty that can be seen in all seasons, wet and dry. Walks on Dartmoor can be relaxing and exhilarating, calm and stormy and this walk around 3 of Dartmoor’s reservoirs was on a calm sunny day with water levels in the reservoir’s somewhat low.

What to look out for?

  • Early Summer – the rhododendrons
  • Trenchford – Pike Fishing
  • Kennick – Trout fishing

Dartmoor – 3 Reservoir Walk

For this walk I drove over to East Dartmoor to Trenchford Reservoir just past Moretonhampstead, a distance of about 17 miles from Tavistock. Not knowing the area I took the A382 from Moretonhampstead thinking there would be an easy left turn off this A road onto the road that would take me to the reservoirs. (more…)

January 14, 2016 |

Into the Walkham Valley

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Waltham Valley Tavistock Devon

This walk as most around Dartmoor and rough tracks you will need suitable footwear. The paths are still quite uneven so watch your footing. Something with ankle support is wise because if you do fall over on your ankle the chance of injury is far less. Is is worth walking the hills for the views you get over Horrabridge also to the north east the views of southern Dartmoor on a clear day is quite spectacular.

If you look for them there are old granite benches around the top of the paths above double waters which give a great place to have a bite of lunch and enjoy the views. On the other hand you would hope for a rainy day or a few rainy days previous to view the ferocity of double waters in full flow. With a small footbridge crossing the rivers this is a fantastic place for some pictures.

Along the river on the second part of the walk is a wonderful time to have a slow walk and loose yourself under the canopy of trees and serene setting. The walk even though 5 miles will fly by as there is so much to look at. Even in the Great British summer months don’t forget you waterproofs as if it is raining at times it can be monsoon like under the canopy of trees.

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January 14, 2016 |

Tavistock Goose Fair

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Tavistock Goose Fair

Tavistock Goose Fair dates back to the early 12th century starting off as Michaelmas Fair which was held every September, the name changing to Goose Fair over time. No one is sure where the name ‘Goose’ came from but was probably picked up and used because of Farmers bringing their Geese to market on that date.

The annual event brings in traders from all over the country and many numbers of visitors to the Town on that day.

Tavistock becomes very hectic on that day and the main Plymouth road is closed so that traders can setup their stalls. Stalls used to be setup on each side of Plymouth road, leaving the narrow walkway in the middle for shoppers. It was only about 18 years ago that the stall permits were cut and only one side of the road allocated for stalls, this was due to health and safety reasons. (more…)

January 14, 2016 |

Foggintor Quarry Dartmoor

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Foggintor Quarry Dartmoor

Dartmoor is littered with the evidence of hundreds of years mining and quarrying all over its landscape and one of the best places to see this is Foggintor Quarry.

The stone quarried at Foggintor was mainly used to build the town of Princetown & nearby Dartmoor Prison as well as being transported further afield to Plymouth. Today you can see the ruins of Hill cottages where the families of quarry workers once lived and also the ruin of the managers house which sits proud just outside the quarry. (more…)

January 14, 2016 |

Drakes Trail

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Drakes Trail Tavistock

Cycle or Walk Drakes Trail!

Starting off from Anderson Lane near Tiddy Brook estate in Tavistock, Drakes Trail No 27 on the National Cycle Network list takes you all the way into Plymouth mostly off road and on tarmac or hard stone path. The cycle trail opened fully around 2011-2012 but even now some parts are in the pipeline to be developed to cut down the gradients and some on road parts where it is now suitable for wheelchairs. The 21 mile route also takes you over the impressive and very high, 1,000ft (305m) long, GEM bridge built recently in 2010-11 (more…)

January 14, 2016 |

Welcome to Tavistock Devon UK

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The south west’s famous market town, it’s rich history and famous son’s and daughters tell a story that spans over a thousand years, King’s and Queen’s have come to visit and many a tale can be told of murder and mystery!

Today Tavistock Devon can boast many attractions and a large mixed locally owned shopping area with a pannier market open almost everyday and regular farmers markets held in the town square that sell various locally grown vegetables, rare breed meats and locally made items. (more…)

January 14, 2016 |
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