One of the most beautiful locations in the West Country, Ivybridge is set within an awe-inspiring backdrop of the South Hams, on the southern cusp of Dartmoor. Steeped in history, the area was first mentioned in documents from the 13th century and became well known for its tin trade and mills throughout the 1600s, all of which were powered by the River Erme.
The best way to become emerged in the history of the historic town is to take a walk on the Heritage Trail. Walk through some of the iconic locations in the town including, The Ivy Bridge, The Cart Stones, The Boundary Stones and London Court. The trail starts at The Mill where paper is still produced today, playing a key role in the economy of Ivybridge.
During an Ivybridge holiday there are plenty of independent shops to keep you busy looking around, where you’re likely to find the perfect gift for those back at home. The town centre is compact and everything is within a stone’s throw away; cafés, tearooms and bakeries intertwine with the shops meaning you haven’t got to travel far to experience the delights of the town. Pubs in Ivybridge are welcoming places serving a selection of local beers and ales.
For a challenge why not explore parts of the Two Moors Way, a long distance walking route that links Dartmoor to Exmoor, the only two national parks in southern England. Stretching 103 miles, the walk passes through some spectacular scenery on both of the moors and the woodland that connects the two. For a more relaxing walk try the Erne-Plym Trail, where you head towards Plymouth then onwards to the coastal village of Wembury, and are rewarded by stunning views of the uninhabited island of Mewstone. Walking a section of these trails is a must while on holiday in Ivybridge.
Head to Bigbury-on-Sea and enjoy exploring Burgh Island that lies 250m off the coast. The island is accessible on foot at low tide and via a sea tractor when the tide comes in. On the island there are some of the most stunning sights in the whole of Devon as you explore the extensive network of footpaths that are there.
cafés, tearooms and bakeries intertwine with the shops meaning you haven’t got to travel far to experience the delights of the town
Ivybridge is a great location from which to explore the surrounding countryside and is also situated within easy reach of some fantastic beaches; these include the popular English Riviera destinations of Torquay and Paignton. Plymouth is the nearest city to the town, only 12 miles from Ivybridge and has plenty more tourist attractions for everyone to enjoy while on holiday in South Devon.