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South Molton
South Molton is a small market town on the southern fringes of Exmoor trading sheep and cattle, wool and leather. A place of some importance in 1086 - the Doomsday Book lists the unusually large number of priests "4" - and the town grew up around the tranquil churchyard, the original town centre. The Square was laid out with a new market place early in the Middle Ages with long, narrow burgage plots running back from the street. With a shop and house street frontage, a courtyard, kitchen, garden and workshops behind, business prospered and the Town grew along the main roads. Especially towards the River Mole which powered several mills for processing the wool and corn from the local area.

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South Brent
South Brent is a large village on the southern edge of Dartmoor. The parish is the second largest (after Cornwood) in SouthHams at 3742 ha, and 6th largest (after Ivybridge, Totnes, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Bickleigh) with a population of 2998 in 2000. The village was originally a woollen and market centre with annual fairs and a station. Now the village centre is within Dartmoor National Park, and it is a thriving community with shops, businesses, school, village hall and a community centre.

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Tavistock
Straddling the fast flowing river Tavy below the western edge of Dartmoor, Tavistock stands in the heart of an area of tremendous natural beauty. It is a classic west country market town, with a population of 10,800 and a shopper's delight. Whatever you fancy - old books, bold cooks, the art scene or smart jeans there is enormous variety and choice. Tavistock is really open for business; Dartmoor is beautiful whatever the season, the Pannier Market is vibrant and there is an Antiques Fayre in the Town Hall every month. On the morning of the last Saturday of every month there is now a Farmers Market on Bedford Square. All the shops offer a warm welcome & there is an abundance of good food and drink on offer.

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Teignmouth
Nestling below Haldon Hills to the north, Teignmouth lies along a stretch of red sandstone coast at the unspoilt estuary of the river Teign, born on high Dartmoor. Wide spaces and rolling fieldscapes delight the eye with breath-taking panoramas from high ground. Lyme Bay's well spaced arms protect smaller bays peering out over the English Channel between Portland and Start Point. Teignmouth claims record-breaking hours of sunshine and its remarkable geographical position ensures reasonable weather for much of the time. Dartmoors National Park's eastern approach or the city of Exeter can be reached by road in 30 minutes whilst Plymouth is about an hours drive. Public transport links nearby Torbay and market town of Newton Abbot.

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Tiverton
Tiverton is the largest town in Mid Devon with a population of approximately 17,500 and is situated on the River Exe. The name "Tiverton" originates from the word "Twy-Ford" or two fords which relates to the Fords across the rivers Exe and Lowman which meet at Collopriest, just South of the town. Take a trip while your here to Tiverton Castle and experience life as it was 900 years ago or so. Built in 1106 by Richard de Redvars on the orders of Henry I, the castle is one of the main tourist attractions of Tiverton. Click here to visit Tiverton Town Site.

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Topsham
Topsham is a very attractive town, reflecting both its rural environmental and its rich and varied building history. There are Dutch houses from its maritime past and fine examples of Georgian and Edwardian architecture. Topsham has many small shops with antiques and crafts, and the historic character of the town has been maintained as much as possible. With the Exe estaury to the west of the town, from a seat on the waterfront you can see beautiful sunsets, whether in summer or winter. With an excellent choice of restaurants and cosy pubs to finish the evening, Topsham is, as you can imagine, a popular place for the romantically inclined. A cream tea or a walk along Fore Street with an ice-cream are popular pastimes for many of the town's regular visistors.

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