Guest Blog Post - Teignbridge Council  

The market town of Newton Abbot is located in the heart of South Devon, and is often known as the gateway to the moors and sea, because of its closeness to Dartmoor National Park and the coastal resorts of Teignmouth, Shaldon, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.

With its long history with the railway industry, Newton Abbot enjoys being the main rail centre for South Devon and is easily reached by train services from all parts of the country. There’s plenty going on, in and around the town to keep you and the family entertained, from horse racing to local produce markets, and all with that distinctive West Country charm. Newton Abbot Racecourse is one of the country’s leading summer jump venues. More than just a racecourse, regular events are held throughout the year.             

While You are Here….

There are many things to do - from the cinema, cafés and restaurants - to indoor and outdoor markets and high street shopping in the pedestrian areas of the town. You can enjoy live music in some of the local pubs whilst sampling locally brewed ale. Visit the famous cider bar, one of the few remaining in the country. Venture out of the town and you will find plenty of rural villages with wonderful country pubs and restaurants to try. Visit the historic St Leonards Tower, famous for where William of Orange made his declaration after landing at nearby Brixham. The National Trust owned Bradley Manor is a medieval manor house which is open seasonally. The TIC can provide you with a Town Centre map and friendly advice on things to see and do in and around South Devon.

The Great Outdoors

Newton Abbot has four main public parks. These are Bakers Park, Courtenay Park, Forde Park and Decoy Country Park. All are within walking distance of the town centre. Decoy Park has woodland paths, a play area, skate park and watersports on the lake. Other local walks include the small wetland nature reserve of Jetty Marsh and the meadows of Hackney Marshes. There is a cycle way (The Stover Trail) which runs from Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey and passes through Stover Country Park. The historic Templer Way has a length of 18 miles and covers a wide range of scenery, open moorland, woodland, meadow and estuary. Running from Haytor to Teignmouth the walk can be joined at Newton Abbot’s historic Town Quay (cycle route to Kingsteignton starts here) and can easily be tackled in sections. We have many unique towns and villages nearby that are well worth a visit such as Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh and Widecombe-in-the-Moor all with their own distinct character.

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