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Appledore
Appledore has a wonderfully unique history. The village is situated at the mouth of the rivers Torridge and Taw. Its name appears to be first documented in 1335 under the variation of "Apildare". Through the centuries the settlement has also been recorded as "Apelder". "Apuldore" and "Appledoore". Yet it is the supposed events of 878AD which still attract the school children's attention. This was when Hubba the Dane, as tradition has it, landed at Appledore and marched inland to attack Kenwith Castle. Though he barely reached what is now the next village before he was defeated in a mighty battle at a place which is still known today as Bloody Corner. His grave is said to be nearby, at Hubbastone.

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Ashburton
The town is ideally situated as a touring centre for both Dartmoor and the coast and is also convenient for easy access to the motorway network via Exeter and the continent via the Brittany Ferries terminal at Plymouth. Newton Abbot railway station is only 7 miles away and Exeter and Plymouth Airports are just half an hours drive away. The position on the southern fringe of Dartmoor makes Ashburton suitable for walking and pony trekking and the short distance from the River Dart is ideal for canoeing and fishing in season. The towns almost unique historical character lends itself to both tourist and resident with its wealth of interesting buildings. Dating back to Saxon times it has grown along the river Ashburn, nestling in its valley on the southern slopes of Dartmoor.

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Bampton
Bampton in mid Devon lies close to the Somerset border, and is on the edge of the Exmouth National Park. For the visitor, it is therefore ideally sited for road and rail links, and is at the centre of an area where there is much to do and explore. In recent times, Bampton has become famous for its floral displays - Bampton in Bloom. The town has won the national Britain in Bloom competition no less than 6 times, the last being in millennium year. This has been possible because of the members of the local community who help every year to make the town spectacularly beautiful with tubs of plants, hanging baskets, and the themed planting of permanent beds.

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Bickleigh
Bickleigh is a small village in East Devon, on the main road between Exeter and Tiverton. Its a quaint little place with those lovely thatched cottages tourists love to see. One of the main tourist attractions in Bickleigh is the Devonshire Centre, where you can immerse yourself in the agricultural history of Devon. Also located at the same site is the railway museum, perfect for all those train fanatics amongst you! Another of the villages attractions is Bickleigh Castle. Its got some excellent gardens, plenty of old armour and weapons, an informative tour and a wonderful old chapel.

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Bideford:

The Victorian novelist Charles Kingsley described Bideford as "The Little White Town which slopes upward from its broad river tide " . Indeed, little has changed from when Kingsley lived in the area nearly 150 years ago much of its architecture and historic associations are still with us. Kingsley's statue, located adjacent to the Tourist Information Centre, serves as a permanent reminder of this famous resident and the time he spent here writing part of his well-known novel Westward Ho!

Today, Bideford is both a thriving market town and working port with much to offer visitors to the region. Amongst the many buildings and places of interest you will find the historic covered Pannier Market, dating from 1883, which holds a market every Tuesday and Saturday. Alongside the history you will find modern shopping amenities, a wide choice of clubs, bars and restaurants, entertainment and a tremendous range of visitor attractions for the young and not so young!

Compact, accessible and with good parking facilities, Bideford hopes to combine tradition and heritage with sensible and planned development, so as to ensure that the town remains a unique experience for every visitor!

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Bigbury
With a sandy beach at the mouth of the South Devon Avon, Bigbury-on-Sea is connected to Burgh Island, just off the beach, by a causeway passable at low tide; at high tide a sea tractor transports passengers to and from the island. The hotel was reputedly the inspiration for Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians". Bigbury is on the South Devon coastalpath, between the rivers Avon and Erne. The route follows the undulating cliff-line passing Burgh Island and the beaches of Bigbury and Challaborough, leading on through one of the most strenuous sections of the path.

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Bovey Tracey
Bovey Tracey is a small town just north of Newton Abbot and is known as the "Gateway to Dartmoor". Dating from before the Norman Conquest, Bovey Tracey has had it's fair share of history, with a battle being fought here during the English Civil War. Bovey has a lot for tourists to do, including the House of Marbles and the Cadrew Pottery. There is a lot to see and do and it's definetly worth a day out even to just stroll around the shops.

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