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Axminster - Quiet small market town in the Axe valley. Has been making carpets since the late 18th century and there is a local museum telling the story. The George Inn is an old coaching inn, for the town is on the old route from Dorchester to Honiton and Exeter. About 5 miles to the south is the seaside resort Lyme Regis.

Bideford - Port on the estuary of the Torridge in North Devon. Kingsley wrote Westward Ho !" in the oak-panelled room in the " Royal " Hotel and is celebrated with a statue in the town. The coast of that name is nearby to the north, but was developed as a result of the popularity of the book. The Town Hall is in Elizabethan, and the Bridge Hall in French Renaissance, style. Steep narrow streets and ancient twenty-four arched bridge across the Torridge.

Braunton - Very large village on Devon's Atlantic coast, Some ancient narrow streets. Marshes reclaimed in 1810. Still has one field farmed on medieval common system. Great treasure of the area is Braunton Burrows National Nature Reserve which has dunes up to 30 metres high.

Brixham - A picturesque old-world fishing village in Tor Bay, notable for the Brixham Trawlers. William of Orange landed here in 1688 to claim the English Crown. In old Market House is the British Fisheries Museum, while on the quay is the town's aquarium.

Buckfastleigh - A small town on the edge of Dartmoor and a terminal of the Dart Valley Railway with steam services to Totnes. Buckfast Abbey is a replica of a Cistercian Abbey built by six monks, famous for honey production. Up above Buckfastleigh is Hembury Castle on a 500ft summit of gorse and bracken.

Budleigh Salterton - Small but up-to-date seaside resort in Lyme Bay. Shingle beach. A very good holiday centre as there is fine bathing, boating, and fishing. Golf. Birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh. Attractions nearby include the eccentric house A La Ronde and Bicton Leisure Park.

Chulmleigh - Peaceful little country town on a hilltop above the Little Dart River. Most of the houses in the town were destroyed in a fire in 1803 but the character of the town was not lost in the rebuilding.

Crediton - Small town six miles north west of Exeter beside the Rivers Yeo and Creedy in countryside of rolling hills. Few buildings of great antiquity except the church which is important for its history. St Boniface was born in the town in 680AD. He became a bishop in Germany and crowned the father of Charlemagne. Crediton was the seat of West Country Bishops until in 1050 Exeter had a cathedral.

Cullompton - Compact Devon town in the valley of the Culm, some 10 miles north of Exeter. fine church but many other buildings dating from after 1838 when there was a disastrous fire which destroyed 264 houses. Orchards in the surrounding countryside. Town is centre for cider making.

Dawlish - A sheltered seaside resort with good sands between the mouths of the Teign and Exe. A good walking centre. Nearby is nature reserve Dawlish Warren at the entrance to the Exe estuary.

Exmouth - Popular seaside resort renowned for its sands, at the mouth of the Exe. Popular for water skiing, windsurfing and sailing. Start of East Devon Way Walk. Nearby attractions, A La Ronde and Bicton Park.

Holsworthy - Small town to east of Bude, which has lively markets including large weekly cattle markets.

Ilfracombe - Boat trips to Lundy Island.

Ivybridge - Ten miles east of Plymouth, and on the southern edge of Dartmoor, Ivybridge's name refers to a medieval single arch bridge over the River Erme. There is another much bigger bridge: a viaduct built by Brunel for the Great Western Railway which passes high to the north of the town. An excellent centre for countryside activities, it is the starting point for the Two Moors Way, a walk from Dartmoor to Exmoor.

Lynton - Famed beauty spots connected by a cliff railway. Precipitous hills in locality. Lynmouth's fame came from a stay by Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft in hiding from her parents, and the interest of the other famous poets of the day. Central Lynmouth was dramatically destroyed by a flood in 1952. Lyn and Exmoor Museum at Lynton. Valley of the Rocks is nearby.

Okehampton - On the edge of Dartmoor. The Castle was erected by a follower of William the Conqueror, and has 15th century additions. To the south is Yes Tor, 2,000 feet. The Church is full of interest. Museum of Dartmoor Life located in a mill and nearby are the preserved Finch Foundary at Sticklepath and castle designed by Lutyens, Castle Drago.

Ottery St Mary - Former wool town (and later lace centre) to east of Exeter. Large and complex church like a small cathedral. There is a fine old mill where serge was woven. The poet Coleridge was born here.

Salcombe - A pleasant resort on the great natural harbour south of Kingsbridge. Village has an especially mild climate. Small bays with sandy beaches. Very popular sailing centre.

Seaton - Small but popular seaside resort, with fine sands and golf links. Semi-precious stones are frequently found on the shore. Considered by some to be the terminus of the Fosse Way. Interesting old Church. Within easy walk of Beer, a very picturesque bathing cove, formerly the haunt of smugglers, now famous for lobsters and stone quarries.

South Molton - Very old market town, some 12 miles east of Barnstable. Decline of the woollen industry and coaching meant the town halved in size. Elegant Georgian buildings and antique shops. Cattle market. Surrounded by moors.

Tavistock - Market town on the River Tavy, which runs down to join the Tamar a little above Saltash. The town has some remains of the abbey which was the wealthiest of all such in Devon. The town also prospered at different times from the mines - tin, lead, zinc, iron, silver and copper have all been worked. Tavistock had a canal cut through a tunnel to join the Tamar at Morwellham a great industrial river port, now restored and a major tourist attraction in the area.

Torrington - Attractive little market town perched above the valley of the Torridge, some five miles up stream from Bideford and the estuary. The river was the chosen setting of Williamson’s famous ‘Tarka the Otter’. It is a glass manufacturing town; Dartington Crystal is made here. There is a preserved steam railway line.

Woolacombe - Holiday resort with fine sandy beaches and gorse-covered headlands, located to the west of Ilfracombe. Bays face the Atlantic.

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