Ashburton lies on the southern slopes of Dartmoor in South Devon countryside. Ashburton is a splendid gateway to Dartmoor, but is also the ideal base from which to explore the whole region from Moor to sea. In every season Ashburton has something to offer as there are plenty of opportunities for walking, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing or just pottering. Situated between Exeter and Plymouth it is an ideal base to start exploring Dartmoor.
There are many beautiful and intriguing buildings, displaying architecture that spans the centuries. Today, Ashburton is a blend of its richly historic past and its bustling, market-town present. Look inward and you see a range of shops and services to meet your every need; look upward and outward and there stand the green hills of South Devon, ever peaceful and unchanging.
Recently Ashburton has become a mecca for antiques and collectables with lots of interesting shops to explore.
Ashburton has had a reputation for its pubs, inns and coaching houses for hundreds of years. Many of the pubs and Inns still exist today along with a good selection of tea shops, cafes, good quality restaurants and food shops
There is the world renowned Ashburton Cookery School operating from several sites within the town, with students coming from far and wide to attend courses. There are also two delicatessens, a chocolate shop, butchers and many other food outlets.
Ashburton has a very vibrant Arts scene and the Ashburton Arts Centre is situated in a central position in the old Methodist Church.
There are lots of short walks starting from the Town Centre and it is only a short drive to the open spaces of Dartmoor with its Tors, river valleys, woodlands and pretty villages. Everything you need for an amazing holiday!