Horrabridge. Dartmoor National Park
Horrabridge is picturesque ancient village on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park. It is situated in the Walkham Valley on the banks of the River Walkham: a fishing river famous for its salmon. The village’s name may have been taken from the 15th century pack-horse bridge which is the only vehicular route from one side of the village to the other, and featured in the children’s television programme Bagpuss. There are moorland walks from all sides of this lovely village. There are two old pubs in the village: ‘ The Leaping Salmon’ and ‘The London Inn,’ both of which serve lovely food. The gallery, workshop and studio is situated in an old stone building in the centre of the village just meters from the River Walkham.
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The Surrounding Area.
The stunning scenery of the tors ,valleys, rivers and woodland abound on Dartmoor and it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are numerous walks, places to explore, great places to eat and a plethora of ancient historical sites to discover but here are some of the nearest ‘must see’ places full of inspiration for budding artists and their families.
Only 3.5 miles away is Tavistock, a World Heritage Site and an ancient stannary and market town. It is the largest town in West Devon. It is situated on the River Tavy from which its name derives. Tavistock Abbey, whose ruins lie in the centre of the town, was founded in AD 961 Tavistock’s most famous son is Sir Francis Drake. Situated at the very heart of the historic town is the ancient Pannier Market. The Market was granted its Royal Charter in 1105 and has survived without a break for over 900 years.
Tavistock has a yearly programme of history, musical and artistic events . With its architecture of local stone, wide range of interesting shops, market, riverside park, leisure centre and theatre, it is excellent for visitors. It is also a great base for exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside, the wild Dartmoor scenery, the many nearby pretty villages of Devon and Eastern Cornwall, and a variety of National Trust properties.
Events range from
- Tavistock carnival in July
- Arts and Crafts Fair in August
- Heritage Festival September
- Drawn to the Valley Open art studio event
- Goose Fair in October
- Dickensian evening in November
1.4 miles away is Pew tor ‘Pew Tor (SX 532734) looks great in photographs and you can also just sit on top of it and enjoy the views over Tavistock and towards Brentor church. Though you may not want to linger too long as there is a Dartmoor legend about Pew Tor being the home of the piskie king and piskies can be mightly mischievous!’
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2.2 miles away is Burrator Reservoir. The tranquil water and surrounding mixed woodland contrasts sharply with the open moor and the rugged Dartmoor tors. A trip here can be combined with a walk across the moors, or enjoyed as a trip of its own with plenty to do- from walking and taking in the views, to bank fishing for rainbow and brown trout from the banks (just be sure to get a permit from the garage in Yelverton). Devon has relatively few lakes, but the situation and quality of these make them a hidden gem in Devon’s crown.’
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2.2 miles away is Buckland Abbey. ‘When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.
The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.
You’ll discover meadows, orchards and woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley. Our way-marked trails are a riot of colour through the seasons, with an unmissable carpet of bluebells in spring.
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5.7 miles is Merrivale. ‘Dartmoor is rich in prehistoric remains, and the group of monuments at Merrivale is one of the finest on the moor. Side by side here are the remains of a Bronze Age settlement and a complex of ritual sites, including three stone rows, a stone circle, standing stones and a number of cairns – earth mounds associated with burials. The monuments were probably built over a long period, between about 2500 BC and 1000 BC.’
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