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Straddling the fast flowing river Tavy below the Western edge of Dartmoor, Tavistock is the centre of a beautiful and fascinating district.
Tavistock stands in the heart of an area of tremendous natural beauty which ranges from Dartmoor - whose purples, grays, browns and greens are matched by the variety of its moods; now somber and brooding, now sunlit and colourful, now mysterious in a misty cape - to the softly wooded valleys to the North and West of the Town.
A flourishing market town with a distinctly Victorian feel to it. Once owned largely by the Dukes of Bedford the cottages they built to accommodate the estate workers can still be seen in neat rows in several places around the town. An impressive viaduct dominates the town, once carrying the railway but now a pedestrian walkway. Tavistock's claim to fame is to have been the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, who was born at Crowndale Farm just outside the town. His statue can be seen at the entrance to the town on Plymouth Road. This is the original statue. The one which stands on Plymouth Hoe is a copy. Today the town still has a thriving market which is open on most days during the week sometimes as a general market and on other days there are gift, flea and victorian markets.
Tavistock is an ideal centre for exploring the beauties of Dartmoor and can offer a range of accommodation to suit all tastes.
There is an active Theatre/concert venue at The Wharf which provides a varied programme of music, drama and film throughout the year.
Second Wednesday in October : Goose Fayre - there may not be many geese to be seen these days but the fayre closes the town centre to vehicles and the whole of Plymouth road is taken up by stalls. The traditional fairground rides are situated in the main town carpark and there are various other sites and side shows throughout the town.
Nearby is the sea. Thirty miles northwards is the rugged Cornish Atlantic coast with its stark cliffs and often heavy breakers.
Only 15 miles to the South lies the more placid Channel with picturesque fishing ports and beaches well within reach. Plymouth, with excellent shopping and fascinating historical links, is only 15 miles away.
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