Mid-Devon

The Grand Western Canal
The Grand Western Canal

Mid-Devon

In 2017 Mid-Devon had an estimated population of just 80,600 which tells you everything you need to know about this part of the county.

There are very few places of any significant size and most of the rolling countryside is dotted with small villages that provide the needs of the farming community: There’s even a place called Nomansland.

This landscape is ideal for sheep farming, and prior to the Industrial Revolution, wool from the local farms provided the raw ingredient that helped create a prosperous cottage industry. Exeter became the centre of the woollen trade in South-West England and one of the largest cities in the country, thanks to its lucrative export trade, primarily to the Low Countries.

Slicing through the district from north to south is the River Exe which has its source on Exmoor and enters the English Channel via the estuary that separates East Devon and Teignbridge. On its way to Exeter it passes through Tiverton, the largest town in Mid-Devon and the administrative headquarters.

Tiverton houses around a quarter of the district’s inhabitants with a population in the 2011 census of 19,544, but apart from Cullompton (8,499) and Crediton (7,835), there are no other urban areas of any size.

The area does not have many major attractions to speak of, the main attraction being the countryside itself. That said, there are a few gems dotted about, which I shall be highlighting in due course.