The ancient stannary town of Ashburton originates from Saxon times and its reputation for its pubs, inns and coaching houses dates back hundreds of years. The name is recorded in the Domesday Book (1086) as Essebretone. It is located just off the A38 in between Plymouth and Exeter.

You will enjoy a lovely selection of tea shops, cafes, good quality restaurants and food shops as well as featuring the excellent Ashburton Cookery School. In addition, there are plenty of shops to browse around, as well as some fantastic antique shops. If you’re anything like me, you will definitely find something to buy!! In fact, it is highly unusual for me to come home without a purchase from Ashburton.

A short distance west of Ashburton is the River Dart Adventure Centre, where you can climb, slide and splash your way around acres of woodland, lake and a river. The Carnival held at Ashburton is probably one of the oldest surviving in Devon. Apparently, written records date it back to 1891.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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