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Tavistock Canal by the Meadows By Nilfanion | CC BY-SA 4.0 | Wikimedia Commons

Tavistock is one of our very favourite places to visit. It is a charming and historic stannary market town – full of character with lots to see and do – sitting on the south-western edge of Dartmoor National Park.

Sir Francis Drake was born at Crowndale Farm, just south of Tavistock, in 1542. A magnificent bronze statue of him, made by Joseph Boehm in 1883, can be seen not far from the town centre, on the road to Plymouth – the port from which he set sail to confront and beat the Spanish Armada.

The River Tavy flows through the centre of the town and the area surrounding Tavistock is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is a bustling indoor pannier market with many fascinating stalls selling a range of goods, and the town boasts many individual cafés and shops.

Dogs are welcome in the pannier market, and many of the bars and cafes as well as the large Meadows magnificent park – great for walks as well as a play park for the kids. There is parking available in the large main car park Bedford Car Park and there are some lovely places to wander down by the river.

If you feel energetic you can take a dip in Meadowlands Swimming Pool and later on, perhaps see a band, or watch a show at The Wharf. Read more on our Dog Friendly Devon page.

Carole Langman

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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