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Buckfastleigh Town in Devon

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Buckfastleigh is a small market town in South Devon. Buckfastleigh lies at the confluence of two small streams from Dartmoor which feed into the River Dart just to the east of the town. It is well served by road links as it lies alongside the 'Devon Expressway', the A38. It is an important tourist centre with Buckfast Abbey, the South Devon Railway, the Buckfastleigh Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary all nearby. The rugged Dartmoor National Park lies just to the west of the town. Buckfastleigh currently has a population of just under 4,000 people.

Buckfastleigh dates from the Middle Ages, as can be seen in its medieval layout. Over the years it has grown as a mill town known for its woollen mills, corn and paper mills and a tannery supported by the rivers Dart, Mardle and the Dean Burn. By the seventeenth century, most of the properties had been rebuilt, but the medieval layout, particularly in Fore Street, is still visible today. Nearby, Buckfast Abbey probably existed before Buckfastleigh. It was founded as a Benedictine Abbey by King Canute and is also mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Events near Buckfastleigh

Dining out near Buckfastleigh

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Totnes and Princetown.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:



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Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Newton Abbot, Paignton, Brixham and Dartmoor.

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