Discover | Newton Abbot
Newton Abbot is an old market town built around the 12th century. It’s situated on the Teign Estuary and on the River Lemon and therefore fishing is very popular here. This is an ideal touring base with Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Totnes, Teignmouth and Dawlish just a short drive away. There are over twenty beaches around the Torbay area, which provide the opportunities for many watersports. These include fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing and scuba diving. Also the rocks around these coastal regions provide very good climbing opportunities.
Newton Abbot racecourse has a tradition of racing since it was first recognised in 1855. Steeplechase horse racing operates throughout the year.
Windsurfing, canoeing and fishing are available at Decoy Lake, a natural lake of approximately nine acres set in beautiful surroundings.
Dartmoor National Park is only a short journey from Newton Abbot. Dartmoor is a large plateau of granite rock covered with heather and grass. It’s a rugged and barren area of raw beauty. The jagged outcrops of rocks, known as tors, again offer excellent opportunities for climbers.
The moorland provides excellent terrain, both for the experienced hiker and for those wanting a more sedate walk. There is an abundance of stables available for horse riding and some superb bridleways and off road trails for both novice and expert mountain bikers.
Generally speaking access to Dartmoor itself is unlimited, except for the Ministry of Defence firing ranges to the North West of the moor.
Just a short drive by car from Newton Abbot is the market town of Ashburton. It can be found off the A38 heading towards Plymouth from Exeter. It is situated on the edge of Dartmoor, on the river Ashburn. Asburton itself is nestled in a rolling patchwork of fields and offers plenty of scope for walking, canoeing and horse riding. You will also find many restaurants and pubs within the area.