South Brent

South Brent, Devon, TQ10 9AA

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Amidst the lush green landscapes of Devon, South Brent is a delightful village that captivates visitors with its rustic charm and natural beauty. Tucked away in the South Hams region and on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this hidden gem offers a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

South Brent's enchanting appeal lies in its picturesque surroundings, where rolling hills, ancient woodlands, and babbling streams create a postcard-perfect setting. As you wander through its quaint streets, you'll be greeted by charming stone cottages, traditional pubs, and friendly locals.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise, as South Brent provides ample opportunities for hiking, cycling, and exploring the nearby Dartmoor National Park. With its warm community spirit, stunning scenery, and proximity to both coastal wonders and countryside treasures, South Brent is a destination that promises a memorable and rejuvenating experience for all who visit.

History of South Brent

The history of South Brent can be traced back to ancient times, making it a village with a rich and fascinating past. The area around South Brent has evidence of human settlement dating back to the Bronze Age, with artefacts and burial sites discovered in the surrounding moorlands. This indicates that the region has been inhabited for thousands of years.

In the medieval period, South Brent became a thriving agricultural community, with farming, livestock, and wool production being significant economic activities. The village was part of the feudal system, with a manor and church serving as central institutions. The Parish Church of St. Petroc, dating back to the 13th century, stands as a testament to the village's medieval heritage and has undergone several expansions and renovations over the centuries.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, South Brent experienced growth in the woollen industry, with local people involved in the production and trade of woolen goods. The area's fertile lands also contributed to the prosperity of the farming community during this time.

In the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution brought about changes to South Brent, like many other rural areas. The village saw the construction of the South Devon Railway, which connected it to nearby towns and cities, opening up new possibilities for trade and travel. However, South Brent maintained its rural character, with farming and agriculture remaining essential to the local economy.

Things to do in South Brent

As there’s a handful of independent businesses who call South Brent home, you don’t have to travel far to find something to do. There are a number of local pubs and eateries where you can enjoy delicious, locally sourced food and drinks whilst soaking up the friendly atmosphere. Dotted in between these eateries are a couple of craft and gift shops where you’ll find unique handmade items, local crafts and souvenirs that showcase the artistic talent of the community. There are also a couple of places of worship here which are beautiful to admire, including the Paris Church of St Petroc and the Methodist Church whose architecture stands out amongst this historic village.

The South Brent Recreation Ground is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. The large open green space makes a perfect picnic spot, plus there’s an adventure trail and playground for your little ones to enjoy. Here you’ll also find a skate park and games area suitable for tennis, basketball, football and netball.

There are a number of great walks around the area and plenty of wildlife to spot whilst you’re out and about, including the stunning meander along the River Avon. The gentle path offers a peaceful way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and wildlife. Follow it through the woodland and you’ll find Lydia Bridge, a Grade II listed bridge which overlooks a picturesque waterfall.

Due to its proximity to the moors, South Brent makes the perfect base for your Dartmoor expeditions. It’s an ideal starting point for exploring the parks dramatic landscapes; embark on hikes, nature walks or cycle rides to discover nearby ancient tors, hidden valleys and breath-taking moorland scenery.

Events in South Brent

South Brent hosts a variety of events throughout the year that showcase the village's community spirit, local culture, and the stunning natural surroundings of Dartmoor. These events provide opportunities for both residents and visitors to come together, celebrate, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

The South Brent Carnival is a highlight of the village's social calendar. This colourful and lively event usually takes place during the summer and features a procession of floats, dancers, and performers. The carnival often includes games, stalls, live music, and entertainment for all ages.

Throughout the year, South Brent hosts village fairs, markets, and craft shows. These events provide a platform for local artisans, crafters, and producers to showcase their products, allowing visitors to purchase unique handmade items, local produce, and more.

South Brent occasionally hosts music concerts, theatre performances, and other artistic events. These cultural gatherings offer a chance to enjoy live music, theatrical productions, and artistic talents from both local and visiting performers.

During the holiday season, South Brent gets into the festive spirit with Christmas lights, carol singing, and other seasonal celebrations. Look out for events like Christmas markets, tree lighting ceremonies, and community carol services.

It's a good idea to check the local community notice boards, websites, and social media channels for up-to-date information about events happening in South Brent during your visit.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

South Brent is village on the fringe of Dartmoor, just off the A38 in the South Hams.



Public Transport Directions

Stagecoach number 38 - Exeter to Ivybridge

Stagecoach Gold - Paignton to Plymouth

Stagecoach Falcon - Plymouth to Bristol

The nearest train stations are Totnes and Ivybridge, 




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