Holsworthy, originally called 'Haroldsworthy' is a traditional market town on the Devon and Cornwall border dating back to Saxon times - 'worthy' is Saxon for enclosure. The town sits within an idyllic rural area known as Ruby Country stretching across the central upland countryside, and framed by the moorlands of Bodmin, Dartmoor and Exmoor. Peaceful and largely undiscovered, you're missing much by not dipping your tourist toe into this beautiful rural Devon area dotted with ancient market towns, villages, Pannier Markets and cottages.

The visitor centre in Holsworthy serves as the main information point for Ruby Country where you can pick up guides on local trails including the Coast to Coast Trail which cuts through the region. The history of this historic Devon market town is explored in the Holsworthy Museum. If you're a lover of fine beers then the Holsworthy area is the place to be! Holsworthy Ales microbrewery based in Clawton near Holsworthy has been voted North Devon CAMRA's Brewery of the Year more than once. Sample their range of beers on group tours and tastings, at various events around Ruby Country or pop into their onsite brewery shop.

Markets, Events, Museum & Activities

Holsworthy town centre is a picturesque scene of old inns serving best food and local ales, some with B&B accommodation. Enjoy a lively atmosphere at the weekly Wednesday Pannier Market in Town Square - it's one of Devon's biggest Pannier Markets! A great time to visit is during popular annual events like the Holsworthy & Stratton Agricultural Show at the Killatree Cross Showground, the Model Show in the town centre every March, and St Peters Fair and the Vintage Car & Steam Rally both in July.

The free entry Holsworthy Museum within part of a 17th century parsonage displays a fascinating range of local artefacts offering an insight into the town's history and traditions. The original 17th century parsonage kitchen inside is still intact! Learn the ancient skill of archery at the all weather Dragon Archery Centre near Holsworthy or enjoy a riding lesson with Coles Mill Riding Stables on the edge of the town. Holsworthy is just 8 miles from surfing and family beaches at Bude and makes the perfect coast and country base, with a host of fine inns, restaurants and cafes dotted around the town centre as well as pretty parks and gardens. Holsworthy Golf club has views of Dartmoor from the 10th Tee and extends a warm welcome to visitors.

Getting There & Where to Stay

The town is easily reach by road, from the M5 then along the A30 from Okehampton/ Bodmin from which you'll be directed onto the A386 towards Holsworthy. The nearest railway station is at Bude, and the town is within easy driving distance of Newquay Airport. Beautiful rural Devon cottages and farmhouse B&Bs are plentiful in the Holsworthy area, all just a stone's throw from Bude and with pretty walks right on your doorstep. Ruby Country makes a great base for holidays with dogs! Several character historic inns with rooms serving fine locally sourced food and real ales are in and around Holsworthy. Stay in a Ruby Country holiday lodge located within some of the pretty woodland areas surrounding the market town. Families will also find some great value rural holiday parks in this area, ideal for exploring Cornwall and Devon and set within acres of stunning private countryside.

Accommodation in Holsworthy

  • Sheepwash   (9.1 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    Traditional fishing Inn in Sheepwash with en-suite rooms, a fully stocked bar and restaurant. Pet friendly with private parking and superb fishing facilities. Family room available
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  • Holsworthy   (3.7 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
    Sleeps 5
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    £515
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    Luxury North Devon holiday cottage with private pool, Jacuzzi & fully enclosed garden. Parking for two cars, Wi-Fi service, dishwasher & laundry facilities. Two dogs welcome.
     
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  • Launceston   (8.2 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    Stone cottage gem, 1 of 4 cottages, on a 40 acre farm near Launceston, 10 miles from Bude. Pet friendly with parking, cosy garden & a fully fitted kitchen. Sleeps 4.
     
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  • Boyton   (6.4 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    Welcoming country Bed & Breakfast accommodation near Launceston set on a 250 acre working farm. 3 double & 1 single room, Aga cooked breakfast & conservatory. Evening meals.
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  • Launceston   (8.2 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    Victorian stone cottage gem near Launceston, 10 miles from Bude with an outdoor lawn, four poster double bedroom, parking and BBQ. Set within 40 acres. Pets welcome. Sleeps 2.
     
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  • Bradworthy   (6.8 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    This single storey cottage near Bradworthy sleeps two people in one bedroom.
     
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  • Highampton   (8.3 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    £189
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    Shared indoor heated pool
     
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  • Whitstone   (5.7 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    £287
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    Well appointed semi detached holiday cottage set on a 11 acre estate with outdoor pool, children's play area & pet's corner. Short breaks available. Dog friendly.
     
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  • Beaworthy   (8.3 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    Romantic cottage set in three and a half acres of Devon countryside. Panoramic views of woodland and farmland. Close to the famous Tarka Trail. Shared indoor pool and sauna.
     
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  • Sutcombe   (3.9 miles from the centre of Holsworthy)
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    £249
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    This charming barn conversion sits within the pretty North Devon village of Sutcombe with lovely views towards the church overlooking the water meadows. An ideal location for ho...
     
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