West Devon

Buckland Abbey
Buckland Abbey

West Devon

A sizeable chunk of West Devon lies within Dartmoor National Park, and as I’ve created a separate menu for Dartmoor you’ll find a lot of West Devon’s attractions fall under that category.

Like much of Devon, West Devon is very rural. The estimated population for 2017 was 55,300 with just two towns of any consequence – Tavistock (The District Headquarters), with a population of 13,028, and Okehampton (5,922). These figures are based on the last census in 2011.

West Devon’s Northern Boundary is the District of Torridge Southern Boundary, the Eastern Boundary is Mid-Devon’s Western Boundary, and the Western Boundary follows the River Tamar to just east of Launceston where it’s joined by the River Carey,

These statistics would suggest a tranquil sort of area, and that is generally the case, but it hasn’t always been like that. The Devon side of the Tamar Valley shares World Heritage Status with Cornwall for its mining activities during the 19th century, and it would be difficult to imagine how today’s peaceful landscape would have looked back then.