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Situated in the heart of South Devon and conveniently close to Dartmoor National Park, the busy market town of Newton Abbot was formed from two ancient boroughs, divided by the now almost invisible River Lemon. Both towns got by with trade in wool and leather, clay and pottery and a substantial cod fishing trade with Newfoundland. It was the railway which arrived in 1846 that prompted rapid expansion and made Newton Abbot the way it is today.

The town has several markets throughout the week where you can pick up local produce, arts and crafts. Newton Abbot still has a cattle market each Wednesday which is complemented by the traditional markets on both Wednesdays and Saturdays, and every Tuesday a local produce market.

Newton Abbot Racecourse has a year-round racing calendar and the venue also hosts regular antiques fairs and car boot sales.

A Town Trail leaflet is available from the Information Centre and this will guide you around places of interest with the help of new slate markers.
Take time out from the shopping and relax in the formal of Courtenay Park. With its pond and fountain, sensory garden and summer band concerts, the park has Green Flag status in recognition of the way it is maintained and managed.
On the edge of town is Decoy Country Park, another Green Flag winner and offering a wildlife discovery centre, sports pitches, play areas and other activities that include fishing, sailing and canoeing.
Close to Newton Abbot is Haldon Forest Park – great entertainment for families and the more active. There are also plenty of country walks and forest activities for everyone to enjoy.

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