What to see, do and experience in and around Tiverton and Mid Devon

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Explore Mid Devon : Tiverton

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Published On: 01.05.2013

Situated in the South West of England in the Mid Devon district, Tiverton is situated in between two rivers, the River Exe and the River Lowman. It is the perfect base to explore the beautiful county of Devon, with Exmoor National Park to the north and Dartmoor National Park to the south of the town.

Surrounding areas include the larger towns of Cullompton and Crediton and the smaller picturesque rural villages such as Bampton and Rackenford which are both located on the edge of Exmoor. As a popular holiday destination, Mid Devon has a number of attractions available for all ages with an array of accommodation types including camping, caravanning, self-catering cottages and a variety of hotels in Devon.

A Brief History
The name of the town derived from 'Twy-ford-ton' which means the town of two fords - the River Exe and the River Lowman. Human occupation dates back to the Stone Age. An Iron Age hill fort, Cranmore, stands at the top of Exeter Hill above the town, and a Roman fort was discovered on the hillside below Knightshayes Court near Bolham, just to the north of the town.

In the Middle Ages, Tiverton was the industrial hub of Devon, particularly in the wool and textile trade which meant the town grew considerably in the 16th and 17th centuries. A number of the wealthier wool merchants contributed to the town's expansion, and now heritage, with their involvement in the funding and building of an additional chapel to St Peter's Church and Blundell's School for the local children.

Natural Attractions
To the north of Tiverton lies Exmoor National Park which offers tranquil moorland, winding rivers, a breathtaking coastline and rugged cliffs. This unspoilt countryside is a haven for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers. Other activities on offer include hand gliding, water sports such as sailing and canoeing, fishing and shooting.

Coastal walks worth experiencing include walks in and around Porlock, Lynton, Lynton and around the Valley of Rocks. Sailing is best explored on Wimbleball Lake and canoeing can take place on the rivers Exe and Barle.

Historical Attractions
The Grand Western Canal Country Park is 11 and a quarter miles long, situated in Tiverton. The park is popular with walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, with an abundance of plants and animals, with birds such as Kingfishers making a frequent appearance.

The canal towpath is links to several other public paths and is now accessible for cyclists - cycle hire is available from Abbotshood Cyclehire, Greenway Bridge and Halberton. Additionally, you can explore the canal by rowing boat, canoes and small motorised boats.

Knighthayes Court is a striking Victorian mansion with beautiful views overlooking the Devonshire countryside. Situated in Bolham near Tiverton, this house reveals a fascinating insight into grand Victorian life and is perfect for all the family. There is also a gift shop, plant shop and licensed restaurant.
Other attractions include Bickleigh Mill and Tiverton Museum, and there is The Devon Railway Centre and Diggerland for attractions for all the family.

Posted by: Sally Nightingale

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