This fascinating town has a history dating back over thousands of years. Prehistoric remains have been found in the caves at Rock, while an Iron Age hill fort overlooks the town. Today the town is thriving and is a perfect base if you want to explore South Devon
The origins of Chudleigh town are Saxon, and you can still see some of the original place names today. After the Norman Conquest the town grew in importance, finally being granted a charter for an annual fair by King Edward II in 1309.
As the town grew it became a centre for wool production, but disaster struck in 1807 when a huge fire destroyed two thirds of the town. Chudleigh’s position on the main coaching route between Exeter and Plymouth kept the town alive (and, thanks to the many ale houses and taverns that opened up, quite rowdy at times).
Things to do
You’ll never be short of things to do in Chudleigh. Canonteign Falls is a spectacular natural waterfall surrounded by lush woodland and is the highest waterfall in England. Set within a stunning Dartmoor valley, the falls are a place of serene and tranquil beauty, perfect for simply relaxing and enjoying the very best of the South Devon countryside. There is also a children’s play area, activity gardens and adventure areas to keep everyone happy.
The entire area is a walker’s paradise and if you’re feeling more energetic there’s rock climbing on Dartmoor, kayaking, mountain biking and trekking to enjoy.
Food and Drink
Food and drink in Chudleigh is all about fresh, local produce. Close to Chudleigh is the wonderful Cridford Inn, a typical Devon coaching inn that’s packed to the exposed beams with character and charm as well as having a superb reputation for exceptional quality food. You can wash everything down with the local beers and tuck into some of the best fish and chips in the area.
Something a little different…
If you’re looking for a stunning walk that’ll take you through some of the best countryside around the Chudleigh area, head for the Templer Way. This 18 mile walking route runs from Haytor on Dartmoor along the Teign Estuary. Part of the route is only accessible within two hours of low tide, so check the tide timetable before setting off.
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