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The eastern fringe of Dartmoor - A view from our expert author


Buckfast Abbey Devon Uk by Andrew Longden ShutterstockBuckfast Abbey © Andrew Longden, Shutterstock

Along the river are some of the prettiest wooded areas of Dartmoor, splashed by waterfalls, and networked by footpaths and narrow lanes.

The River Teign turns south at Dunsford, and gives map-makers the eastern border of Dartmoor National Park before its final journey to Kingsteignton and Teignmouth. Although technically some of the towns and villages lie within Dartmoor National Park, their gentler, leafier character fits better here. Along the river are some of the prettiest wooded areas of Dartmoor, splashed by waterfalls, and networked by footpaths and narrow lanes. Not surprisingly, the Teign river gives its name to many places around here, with England’s highest waterfall, Canonteign Falls, just one of them.

The surprising aspect of this area is how remote some of the villages feel despite their proximity to Exeter and Newton Abbot. Try to find your way to Doddiscombsleigh, even with a good map, and you’ll see what I mean. Within the Newton Abbot triangle, formed by the major roads of the area, lies a village lost in time, Torbryan, as well as Stover Park with its inspirational Ted Hughes Trail. Then there’s Buckfastleigh, which draws large numbers of tourists to its various attractions which include the steam train, Buckfast Abbey and the enchanting miniature pigs at Pennywell Farm.

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