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Tulega Cottage Self Catering holiday home in Ashburton, Devon

Ashburton Town...

Often referred to as the "Southern Gateway to Dartmoor", Ashburton is a small Devon town wrapped in history and tradition. The town continues the ancient Saxon office of the Portreeve which dates back to 820 AD who is appointed on the 4th Tuesday of November in St Lawrence Chapel (right); Ashburton is one of only eight towns in England that continues this tradition. Visit Ashburton.org for more details.

Historic finds in the area have been dated back as far as 3000 B.C. although evidence of early settlements in the area have been dated to around 500 B.C. and the town museum holds many historical articles. As with many old towns, there are the myths and legends to explore; particularly the story of the "Hairy Hands" which, since 1910, has caused cyclists to ride off the road  between Postbridge and Two Bridges. Later, drivers of cars suffered the same inexplicable fate. An army officer, whilst riding his motorcycle, claimed a pair of hairy hands closed over his own hands and forced him off the road. More spooky goings on here!

Ashburton itself has many things to do for all the family. The buildings and architecture of the town will grab your attention, the museum (as already mentioned), antique shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Going slightly further afield, the River Dart Adventures is a country park 1 mile from Ashburton and set in 90 acres of spectacular Victorian parkland packed with extensive adventure playgrounds, lakes and dare-devil activities yet has the tranquil riverside and woodland walks.

Buckfastleigh is a small town about 3 miles from Ashburton which has the Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary. The Buscfast Abbey has monks praying and worshipping and this 600 year old Abbey has a tea room for visitors.

The South Devon Steam Railway runs from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back for those who love the days of steam and in Bovey Tracey, the Devon Guild of Craftsman contains frequent changing exhibitions and galleries or why not visit the House of Marbles and see marbles being made along with other glass items? A great day out for all the family.