Explore | Hatherleigh
The small market town of Hatherleigh sits inland to the North West part of Devon. It’s somewhat undiscovered as both a tourist destination and by residents of the other parts of Devon itself. However, in many ways this does nothing but add to its charm and attraction as a place to discover for yourself.
The surrounding countryside provides some magnificent scenery, with wooded valleys, quiet country lanes and lush green hills. It’s collectively known as Ruby Country - a partnership initiative developed to regenerate the areas which were seriously affected by foot and mouth disease in 2001. The name Ruby Country, its name taken from the ruby red cattle of the area, was chosen to represent how important farming and economic activity is to maintain the outstanding landscape.
Hatherleigh sits at the start of the Tarka Trail, its name given as it follows the path of Tarka the Otter, made so famous by Henry WIlliamson’s best selling book of the same name. The pathway can be travelled on foot, or as many prefer, by cycle. It’s an easy going route which takes you towards the towns of Barnstaple and Bideford.
The area is also excellent for walking, and the many trails which snake their way across Dartmoor offer truly outstanding views of this wild and vivid land.
Hatherleigh should also be considered as an area for mountain biking, fishing and horse riding and it’s in a good location for exploring the ruggedness of Dartmoor’s caving and climbing opportunities.