Welcome to North Tawton, a small rural town situated amid beautiful West Devon countryside and perfectly positioned alongside the river Taw, close to Dartmoor National Park.
North Tawton includes: chapel and two churches, community primary school, town hall, youth and community centre, park with children’s play equipment, independent grocery store, independent general store, estate agents, doctors surgery, chemist, two dental surgeries, veterinary surgery, three garages, natwest bank, post office, two hair salons, butchers and deli, mini-mart store, cafe, fish and chip shop, kebab and pizza takeaway shop, four public houses, and public toilets facility.
The ancient market town of North Tawton is well-known with regard to the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes (1930-1998), recently honoured with a memorial in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. A stone bearing his name and lines of his poetry set in place below the stone for Ted Hughes’s mentor, TS Eliot.
Fellow poet Seamus Heaney unveiled the memorial in front of more than 300 guests, on December 6, 2011.
The 600 year tradition of honouring the greatest poets of the age with a tomb or a stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner includes; Chaucer, Tennyson, Thomas Hardy, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Blake and Eliot.
Jam and Jerusalem
Jennifer Saunders’ BBC television series Jam and Jerusalem was filmed in North Tawton, and on nearby Dartmoor, with local people engaged as acting extras. St Peter’s Church and the Town Hall feature prominently.
The Tarka Trail, 180 miles long, follows in the footsteps of the character Tarka the Otter from Henry Williamson’s famous novel and passes through North Tawton.
Sat nav postcode: EX20 2DT
FREE Tarka Trail Maps booklet provided by Devon County Council
available to view and download: Tarka Trail Circular Routes