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Great Torrington, the town on the River Torridge, is an ancient settlement extraordinarily sited on a cliff top with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. This impressive situation has always been valued for its strategic importance; now it is valued for its spectacular views. The view from the ramparts of the former castle is wonderful, the landscape to the south, is laid out in a patchwork of hedges and fields to the hills beyond.
 
Torrington had a significant role in the English Civil War, specifically The Battle of Great Torrington in 1646 which marked the end of the Royalist resistance in the West Country the history of which is well represented in the town, in later years the wealth of the town was based on wool and glove manufacturing. 
 
Visitors to the town should take the time to visit  the cliff walk below the castle walls affording a stunning view of the valley below. The main car park gives easy access to both the town and castle cliff walk.

The Town Museum provides a historic reflection of life in a small country market town and can also assist with family history and research. Entrance is free of charge. The Black Horse Inn is thought to have originated in the 15th century. Reputedly the oldest pub in North Devon, it was the headquarters for Lord Hopton during the civil war. A Town Trail, known as the Civil War Trail, leads the visitor on a short walking tour of the history of the town detailing buildings, events and people of particular interest including the free local museum in the Town Hall.

 
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Appledore
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