Discover Great Torrington's English Civil War history

Discover Great Torrington's English Civil War history

Bluebells along woodland walks at Halsdon Nature Reserve near Great Torrington

Bluebells along woodland walks at Halsdon Nature Reserve near Great Torrington

The gentle rolling countryside of Central Devon contains ancient villages and market towns surrounded by the three moorland areas of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin. Largely undiscovered, this area is where you'll find a quintessential Devon scene of beautiful country cottages and village cafes and tearooms serving up delicious Devon Cream Teas. The northern central area of Devon is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a peaceful rural base within easy reach of the North Coast.

Beautiful border market towns with traditional Pannier Markets, ancient churches and charming centres dotted with a good choice of craft shops and old inns are great gateways into both Devon and Cornwall. Holsworthy on the Devon and Cornish border is just 8 miles from Bude, in a pretty rural Devon area known as Ruby Country packed with walking trails, agricultural showgrounds and best local produce including locally brewed real ales.

Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor in the heart of Devon

Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor in the heart of Devon

Activities, Heritage & Attractions

Other popular market towns include South Molton, a great gateway into Exmoor and onto the North Coast, with a fantastic range of attractions from a local honey bee farm to numerous year round events and rallies, plus a chocolate factory! This warm Devon interior is where you will find some of Devon's most beautiful gardens like RHS Rosemoor near Holsworthy and Castle Hill Gardens in the South Molton area.

Popular walking trails in the area include the Tarka Trail, one of Devon's top traffic free cycling trails. The Coast to Coast Trail also cuts through the region. As for outdoor pursuits, you're spoilt for choice, with first class golf courses at Holsworthy, Torrington and Chumleigh, superb angling on the River Taw at Umberleigh in the Taw Valley and activities like horse riding easily accessed across the central region. Heritage is rich in Central Devon where you'll find a host of villages and market towns dating back to the Saxon era - hence their old names ending in worthy (enclosure) and leigh (clearing). Great Torrington is famed as a Cavalier Town (it stood alone in the area on the side of the king in the English Civil War). Find out more on Torrington's Civil War Town Trail and at the Torrington 1646 cafe.

Award-winning luxury ecolodges at Wheatland Farm near Winkleigh village (Image credit: http://www.iknow-devon.co.uk/accommodation/625771-balebarn_lodge_-_winkleigh.htm)

Award-winning luxury ecolodges at Wheatland Farm near Winkleigh village

Where to stay

The Central Devon area offers an outstanding choice of beautiful holiday cottages with stunning rural views. Many are Grade Listed with traditional features including a thatched roof, exposed beams and cosy woodburners. Luxury farm cottage and eco-lodge clusters are great for families featuring onsite games rooms, tennis, nature trails, fishing and swimming pools or stay in a pretty farmhouse B&B around Holsworthy with fishing available and delicious locally sourced Devon cooked breakfasts. Peace, quiet, fine food and fare are all assured in the variety of B&Bs and inns with rooms across this rural area, yet you are within an easy drive of the North Coast beaches and the surrounding moorland National Parks.

Accommodation in Central Devon

  • Witheridge
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    Welcoming 16th Century Witheridge inn near Tiverton alongside the Two Moors Way. In-house restaurant, bar, cosy snug and log fire. 5 guest rooms and spacious flatlet. Dogs welcome.
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  • Great Torrington
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    Family friendly self catering flat sleeping 4-5 situated on a working farm close to Great Torrington. Cottage is in easy reach of Exmoor & Dartmoor.
     
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  • Great Torrington
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    Five fully equipped family cottages in the Devonshire countryside close to the Tarka Trail. Indoor pool, games room and play area. Resident animals. 2 or 3 bedrooms. Short breaks.
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  • Winkleigh
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    Well appointed thatched cottage in Winkleigh with three bedrooms, wood burner stove, period features, a washing machine, dishwasher & courtyard garden. Short breaks. No pets.
     
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  • High Bickington
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    £274
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    Sleeping four people in two bedrooms, this detached holiday lodge is on a woodland site two miles from High Bickington.
     
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  • Bradworthy
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    This single storey cottage near Bradworthy sleeps two people in one bedroom.
     
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  • Whitstone
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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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  • Broadwoodkelly
    Sleeps 7
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    Rural detached barn conversion near Winkleigh close to a small lake & woodland walks. Shared facilities including an indoor pool. Well behaved pets accepted. Short breaks.
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  • Holsworthy
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    Welcoming three bedroom cottage near Holsworthy with period features, wood burner stove, Freeview TV, parking & enclosed lawn garden. Stairgate provided. No pets.
     
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  • Broadwoodkelly
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    An idyllic retreat for couples looking to spend some relaxing time in each other's company, Oaktree Cottage is set in the picturesque, rural village of Broadwoodkelly, close to ...
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