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Please be sure to follow the Country Code at all times so others may enjoy the countryside too.

  • Guard against all risk of fire.

  • Leave all gates as you find them.

  • Use stiles when provided.

  • Keep dogs under close control.

  • Keep to paths across farm land.

  • Avoid damaging fences, hedges and walls.

  • Leave no litter of any kind.

  • Safeguard water supplies.

  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees.

  • Go carefully on country roads.

  • Respect the life of the countryside.

  • Take only photographs, leave only footprints.

For more information about Dartmoor please visit the 'beyond Ashburton' section of this site.

 Short Walks In and Around Ashburton
For the visitor who enjoys a walk this page provides a choice of five. All walks start from the Car Park unless otherwise indicated and good walking shoes are always the recommended choice.

 Walk 1
Crossing Kingsbridge, turn left into North Street and walk 250 metres, with Cleder Place and the River Ashburn on your left. When an opening appears in the high stone wall on your right, cross over the road, up the steps, through the kissing gate and into a very steep field known as The Terrace. A well trodden path follows the contours of the field, paralleling the many other smaller terraces (cattle walks) formed over the centuries by hoofs of cattle and sheep. Take advantage of the seats to view the splendidly wooded valley stretching up to the Dartmoor foothills. The final 100 metres of Terrace Walk is along a lane exiting into Roborough Lane. Turn right and walk downhill into East Street. Turn right at the bottom of the hill to reveal the view of North Street shown on the front cover of the Town Guide.

 Walk 2
Start as in walk 1 but take the lower path in Terrace Walk, alongside the River Ashburn. Negotiate the granite stile in the hedge ahead and then set course for the granite stile which appears in the distant hedge beside Cuddyford Bridge. Cross over the road to a kissing gate leading into a finger-posted path through a field. A well worn track leads into Woodencliffe Woods and Whiddon Scrubs and Woods.

Here at this point, the especially energetic can lengthen their walk by following the wooden signpost by one of the paths, saying 'Path'. This takes the walker up this steeply wooded cliff. At the top turn left along a field hedge for 200 metres before turning downhill eventually to negotiate giant man-made steps and so back to the original path again.

Look out for half a dozen Giant Sequoia trees by the Ashburn. When in sight of the wooden (sleeper) bridge over the river, the walker has a choice of three alternatives to return to Ashburton:

Choice I.
Turn left over the wooden bridge, passing Waterleat Bridge. Along this road is an unusually tall and narrow building - Belford Mill (Coffin shaped and locally called The Coffin House), with a typical weather-boarded top associated with carding and combing in the old woolen industry. (Another can be seen just before the Victoria Inn in North Street).

Choice II.
Cross the bridge, turn right, climbing the road until the outermost buildings of Rushlade Farm are met. To the left another signpost indicates Pennsland Lane. Descend to Pennsland Bridge, a very pretty wooded and riverside area, especially in Spring. On the lower side of the bridge is the take-off point for the original reservoir serving Ashburton - last used in the 1976 drought! The lane exits onto the road leading to Lower and Higher Bowdley Farms. Turn left and down hill back to the road leading to Ashburton as in 'CHOICE I' above.

Choice III.
At the end of the walk through the woods another finger post points to a right hand path marked 'Owlacombe'. The path climbs up through Lower and Higher Whiddon Farms, giving some interesting views through gateways, eventually meeting the road to Owlacombe Cross. Turn right onto this road and right again to return to Ashburton via Tower Hill. At the bottom of Tower Hill go straight across Longstone Crossroads into Roborough Gardens, then Roborough Lane, turning right into East Street and back to the car park.

 Walk 3
Up West Street to where the Old Totnes Road forms a downward left fork. Follow it and just before the little bridge is an ancient granite cross and a tiny spring - St Gudula's Well or Gullwell, claimed as a specific for sore eyes. Return by way of Snakey Lane and onto Western Road or, return and turn right (Stonepark) and right again and though the Auction Room's parking area on to Bulliver's Way - the course of the old railway track.

Here you can turn right and walk to the end (its junction with the A38 Devon Expressway slip road) or left to bring you back to the Cattle Market, St Lawrence Lane and East Street. (Bulliver was the name of the engine when trains ran along the line).

 Walk 4
Over Kingsbridge, turn left into North Street and a 250 metre walk will lead you over the Great Bridge into Headborough Road. 300 metres up from the bridge on the left is a very pleasant walk to the River Dart by way of public bridle ways and a short stretch of road. The return distance is 6 Km.

Alternatively, when regaining the stretch of road alongside the Lanterns Hotel return by way of Lanterns Hotel and Bowden Hill (a little further down the road and on the left) and eventually down into West Street after some attractive views towards the South Hams from the top of Bowden Hill) and thence into North Street. - the same distance.

Another choice available on regaining the Summerhill Road from the River Dart, is instead of returning to cross the Ashburton to Princetown Road near the Lanterns Hotel, to continue along this old County Road in a south westerly direction to the Buckfastleigh Road. Here turning left will bring you into Ashburton by way of Dartmoor Lodge Hotel, Western Road and West Street and thence into North Street - a distance of about 10 Km.

 Walk 5 - Dartmoor and Buckland Beacon
Dartmoor is a compelling magnet for visitors and residents alike. For the first excursion to the moor visit Buckland Beacon, Ashburton's nearest tor (i.e. weathered outcrop of rock, usually granite). From this vantage point a magnificent panorama of deep and wooded valleys opens up towards the west, with the River Dart winding away towards Dartmeet and the wild moorland hills beyond. Buckland Beacon is 1281 feet above sea level and cut into the granite rock can be seen the Ten Commandments, the work of a local stone-mason. Park near the Cattle Grid and walk towards higher ground level keeping the wall on your left. The Beacon is 15 minutes each way.

Clara's Story tells the tale of a girl who grew up in the town during the Civil War in the mid-1600s. This separate website includes a downloadable story in MP3 format and a walk guided by the story. Download the map from the website for the start point and route.

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