The medieval packhorse bridge across the River Erme at Ivybridge (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rumpelstiltskin1/1346759761/in/photolist-)

The medieval packhorse bridge across the River Erme at Ivybridge

Market town Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor is a gateway into the National Park and South Devon. A historic mill town and staging post, Ivybridge is surrounded by spectacular mooland and cut through by the River Erme, the original source of power for former mills in the town including a Paper Mill on Harford Road. Ivybridge takes its name from an old medieval packhorse bridge - the Ivy Bridge - located at the northern end of the centre and painted by many artists including JMW Turner. A heritage trail around the town takes in the packhorse bridge and other sites of historic interest.

The Two Moors Way, a major north-south long distance walking trail across Devon, runs from Ivybridge in the south to Lynmouth on the Exmoor coast in the north. Visitors based in and around the town also have easy access to walks south along the Erme Valley Trail. Ivybridge has a reputation for stylish independent shopping around its compact, attractive centre. The shopping hub is Fore Street, the Glanvilles Mill precinct area and Erme Court where you'll find a variety of specialist shops and weekly markets. A striking modern complex - The Watermark - is also in this area housing a cinema, coffee shop, bar, room hire space and a 'Gateway to The Moors' visitor centre.

Walking & Attractions

Ivybridge has various leisure attractions including a large leisure centre with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym and squash courts. South Devon Tennis Centre is also located here offering four indoor carpet courts and four all weather floodlit tennis courts - visitors are warmly welcomed. Affording easy access into South Devon and Dartmoor, Ivybridge sits close to attractions in both areas including Dartmoor Zoo near Plympton and Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh. Plymouth attractions are an easy drive away as is the pretty village of Dartington near Totnes.

Beautiful South Dartmoor is right on your doorstep. You can find out more about historic mining remains and Neolithic sites in the moorland around Ivybridge at the town's Watermark Visitor Centre. Walking along the Two Moors Way and the Erme Valley Trail to nearby Ermington 3 miles away are easily accessed, and there are lots of gentle walks around the town including a 1 hour stroll from the Ivy Bridge to Longtimber Woods. Or explore the 24 acre woodland gardens of Lukesland with a brook situated just a short drive from Ivybridge.

Accommodation in Ivybridge

  • South Brent   (4.8 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 6
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    £303
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    Stunning holiday accommodation in Didworthy hamlet, Dartmoor with inclusive shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool. 3 bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen, grounds and parking.
     
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  • Modbury   (3.2 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £319
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    Unique terraced cottage in Modbury with 2 bedrooms and private parking. Beaches close by and large terraced garden. Ideal for both families and couples. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4.
     
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  • Modbury, South Devon   (3.1 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £319
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    Stunning 14th Century holiday accommodation in Modbury with exposed beams, open plan living area, gravel parking area & Wi-Fi. Cot & high chair for families. Pet friendly.
     
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  • South Brent   (4.8 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £267
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    One of three holiday properties set within private grounds near South Brent village. Inclusive use of outdoor heated swimming pool. 2 bedrooms, woodburner, WiFi & family facilities
     
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  • Cornwood   (2.2 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £345
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    In an idyllic setting on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this single-storey cottage has its own secure, south-facing garden and is s...
     
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  • Harford   (0.7 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £241
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    Dartmoor National Park / Access to moor
     
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  • South Brent   (4.9 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £271
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    Shared under cover swimming pool (open May-Sept)
     
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  • Bittaford   (1.1 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 5
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    £464
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 5
     
    Beacon Cottage is a spacious, substantial detached house with a bright and light interior situated just a 2-minute walk from Dartmoor National Park on the edge of Ivybridge. Thi...
     
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  • Ivybridge   (1.7 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £401
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    Garden Barn is a delightful stone barn conversion, which makes for an ideal cosy holiday, with a romantic feel and a Mediterranean sunken patio garden. This pretty little barn i...
     
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  • South Brent   (4.5 miles from the centre of Ivybridge)
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    £60
    Per room per night (based on 2 sharing)
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    Stay in one of 3 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Digital television is provided for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers....
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