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Welcome to the Ancient Stannary Town of Ashburton

Ashburton lies on the southern slopes of Dartmoor in the heart of the South Devon countryside. Flanked by the Devon Expressway, that extends the M.5 to the historic naval port of Plymouth, it is situated roughly half way between Plymouth and Exeter.

Ashburton is not only a splendid gateway to Dartmoor, but is also the ideal base from which to explore the whole region from Moor to sea.

The scenery in the area is glorious in all the weather's moods and offers visitors opportunities for walking, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing and - if you like - just pottering.

This ancient stannary town dates from Saxon times and has spread out from its centre along the courses of the little river Ashburn and its tributary, the Balland Stream.

Gas Main Replacement Works - Ashburton

Wales & West Utilities is set to start a £100,000 gas pipe investment scheme in the East Street area of Ashburton which will make sure that local homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

Starting on 20 February, the work will involve upgrading 700m of old metal pipes to new plastic ones on East Street, Woodland Road, Hares Lane and Stapledon Lane. The company anticipates this work will be completed by the summer.

Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Devon County Council in planning the work to keep disruption to the local community and local road users to a minimum. Whilst the work is ongoing small sections of roads will need to be closed and these will be clearly signposted in advance.

The work will be split into phases and involves:

Phase 1 will involve upgrading pipes on East Street between the Royal Oak Inn and the junction with Woodland Road. This will start on 20 February and should take approximately 3 weeks.
Phase 2 will involve work on East Street and Woodland Road. This will start on 13 March and should take approximately 5 weeks.
Phase 3 involves work along East Street and Hares Lane. This will start on 17 April and should take approximately 4 weeks.
Phase 4 of the work involves upgrading pipes along Stapledon Lane. This will start on 15 May and should take approximately 3 weeks.

Diversion routes will be clearly signposted. During the entire work period all shops and businesses will be open as usual. The car park will remain open and there will be pedestrian access throughout the town at all times. Buses will be running as usual. For further details please visit the Wales & West Utilities website.

Eating Out in Ashburton

Ashburton has had a reputation for its pubs, inns and coaching houses for hundreds of years. Many of the pubs and Inns still exist today along with a good selection of tea shops, cafes, good quality restaurants and food shops. Our 'Eating Out' section covers something for everyone, from award winning restaurants to good old 'pub-grub' or why not visit our 'Food and Drink' section for details of the many food outlets Ashburton has to offer.

Spanning the centuries are many beautiful and intriguing buildings. Today, Ashburton is a blend of its richly historic past and its bustling, market-town present. Look inward and you see a range of shops and services to meet your every need; look upward and outward and there stand the green hills of South Devon, ever peaceful and unchanging.

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