Holsworthy Museum

Holsworthy Museum

Manor Car Park, North Road, Holsworthy. EX22 6DJ Tel: 01409 259 337

Situated at the heart of the ancient North Devon market town, Holsworthy Museum tells the story of the town’s long and rich past, as well as rekindling fond memories of yesteryear.

Housed in part of a building that is in itself a museum piece – a small manor house dating from the 17th century, which was used as a parsonage for over 200 years – the rooms are filled with memories of the past.

With hundreds of objects and curios, many unique and unusual, and some you may remember from days gone by, there’s something to interest everyone.

Come and spend an hour wandering through five rooms of nostalgia and local history and uncover some of our hidden treasures.

Open Easter until mid- December

Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm
Closed weekends and Bank Holidays

Other times by appointment

Admission is free but we rely heavily on your donations to keep the museum open


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Cycling in Ruby Country

Cycling in Ruby Country allows the freedom to take part in a healthy activity and enjoy learning much more about the area, whilst not having the tie of a car.

Ride the Ruby Country has developed a range of circular cycling routes to download.

These cycling routes use quiet country lanes and off road sections of new multi-use trails wherever possible, avoiding busy roads, but taking you through the best Ruby Country has to offer. The routes are of varying length and difficulty. They are more suited to more accomplished bike riders and may not be suitable for children.

It is possible to join these routes together to make longer rides, including a ride that incorporates all 10 routes.

To download, click on your chosen route(s) and print them off to use if you so desire.

Ride 1; Bridgerule, Holsworthy and Pyworthyc 10.5 miles

Ride 2; Dunsdon NNR, Holsworthy and Chilsworthy c 14.5 miles

Ride 3; Bradworthy, West Putford and Sutcombemill c 12 miles

Ride 4; Holsworthy, Ashwater and Clawton c 12.5 or 18.5 miles

Ride 5; Holsworthy, Cookbury and Thornbury c 15 miles

Ride 6; Shebbear and Black Torrington c 9. miles

Ride 7; Sheepwash, Black Torrington and Highampton c 9 miles “Pub Ride”

Ride 8; Sheepwash, Hatherleigh and Highampton c 10.5 miles

Ride 9: Northlew, Highampton and Hatherleigh c 14 miles

Ride 10; Jacobstowe, Folly Gate and Hatherleigh c 14 miles

To find out more about cycling in Ruby Country, Devon and the South West, visit the following websites.


Sustrans is the leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. We work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.

Cycle Devon

Cycle Devon is Devon County Councils cycling portal, with everything you need to know about cycling in Devon, including couty routes and specialist cycling holidays.

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Ruby Country Pubs and Inns

On this page find out more about the pubs and inns in Ruby Country. There are many to chose from, most serving good food too, and some offering accommodation.

Use this map to select a pub to fit with your itinerary. We recommend you use it in its expanded format, so click on the link below to enlarge.

View Ruby Country pubs and inns in a larger map

The Bridge Inn, BridgeruleThe Bridge Inn, Bridgerule

Bridge Inn, Bridgerule, Holsworthy EX22 7EJ

01288 381316

The only pub west of the Tamar and still in Devon.

Good food, real ales, general knowledge quiz every Sunday at 8pm.

Red Post InnRed Post Inn, Red Post

The Red Post Inn, Launcells, Bude. EX23 9NW

Tel. 01288 381305

During the day, The Red Post Inn is a cafe/tea room, whilst in the evening it becomes a traditional pub serving food. A touring park and camping ground are also available, within easy reach of Holsworthy and Bude.

TMolesworth Armshe Molesworth Arms, Pyworthy

The Molesworth Arms, Pyworthy, Holsworthy. EX22 6SU

Tel. 01409 254669

Friendly, cosy atmosphere, real ales and well stocked bar, good food

Bradworthy Inn, Bradworthy

Bradworthy Inn, The Square, Bradworthy. EX22 7TD

Tel. 01409 241222

Welcome to Bradworthy Inn, a family run, traditional 16th century coaching inn offering a fine selection of real ales, beers, wines and spirits. Situated on the picturesque market square in the village of Bradworthy, this is the perfect place to stop and enjoy a hearty meal or a refreshing drink. Bradworthy Inn encourages families, children are very welcome, as are dogs.

Crown and SceptreThe Crown and Sceptre, Holsworthy

The Crown and Sceptre, 4 Fore Street, Holsworthy. EX22 6EB

01409  253645

Old Market InnOld Market Inn, Holsworthy

Old Market Inn, Chapel Street, Holsworthy. Ex22 6AY

Tel. 01409 253941

The Old Market Inn hotel and restaurant in Holsworthy North Devon is a family partnership run recently refurbished free house. Excellent food and exquisite wines to temp your taste buds. Well kept award winning ales, beers and ciders are always a treat. Accommodation also available.

White Hart HotelThe White Hart, Holsworthy

The White Hart Hotel, Fore Street, Holsworthy. EX22 6EB

Tel. 01409 253475

We wish you a warm welcome to our wonderful market town of Holsworthy, Devon. The White Hart is a family run free house establishment with  real ales, including some special ales from our local breweries – these are really worth trying! Accommodation also available.

The Kings ArmsThe Kings Arms, Holsworthy

The Kings Arms, The Square, Holsworthy. EX22 6EB

Tel. 01409 259362

Renetly refurbished, The Kings Arms is now a stylish bistro serving good food, well kept real ale, and much more besides. Once a focus for the market community, The Kings Arms has adapted to reflect changing times. Along with an extensive, ever changing menu, accommodation is also available.

The Rydon InnThe Rydon Inn, Holsworthy

The Rydon Inn, Bude Road, Holsworthy. EX22 7HU

Tel. 01409 259244

The Rydon Inn at was originally a Devon longhouse. It now combines tradition and atmosphere to provide you with an exceptional dining experience. Featured in the 2012 Good Beer Guide, The Rydon Inn also has a wide range of well kept real ales.

The Bridge Inn HatherleighThe Bridge Inn, Hatherleigh

The Bridge Inn, Bridge Street, Hatherleigh. EX20 3JA

Tel. 01837 810085

The Bridge Inn is set in a beautiful riverside location just as you enter Hatherleigh. The bar and restaurant are open all day, with a fine selection of both food and drink. All our food is locally sourced and home cooked using the freshest ingredients. Accommodation is also available.

Tally Ho!The Tally Ho Inn, Hatherleigh

Tally Ho!, 14 Market Street, Hatherleigh. EX20 3JN

01837 810306

With a fine selection of beer and wine and an extensive menu, Tally Ho! is an interesting place to relax with a drink or to enjoy a meal.

The GeorgeThe George, Hatherleigh

The George, 5 Market Street, Hatherleigh. EX20 3JN

Tel. 01837 811612

 The George in Hatherleigh has been at the heart of Hatherleigh’s affairs since it was first established c.1450, serving as a meeting point for locals and market traders and merchants, as a coaching Inn, and now, as a country pub and restaurant offering fine accommodation and food to a very high standard.

The Green DragonThe Green Dragon, Northlew

The Green Dragon, The Square,Northlew. EX20 3NN

Tel: 01409 221 228

A warm welcome, good beer and wines and an extensive menu awaits you at The Green Dragon in the quiet village of Northlew.

Clovelly InnClovelly Inn, Bratton Clovelly

Clovelly Inn, Bratton Clovelly, Okehampton. EX20 4JZ

Tel. 01837 871447

The Clovelly Inn Free House is an authentic rural Devon pub, dating back to the 18th Century. It has a welcoming, child-friendly atmosphere, with a fine selection of real ales which changes weekly, and home cooked food available seven days a week.

Junction InnThe Junction Inn, Halwill Junction

The Junction Inn, Halwill Junction, Beaworthy. EX21 5XR

Tel. 01409 221239

Located in the quiet village of Halwill Junction, the Junction Inn pays homage to bygone days when the village grew up around the railway.

The Bull and DragonThe Bull and Dragon, Meeth

The Bull and Dragon, Meeth. EX20 3EP

Tel. 01837 810325

Great little pub at the end of the Tarka Trail. Good selection of beers and pub food. The steak and ale pies with double fried chips are wonderful. (Testimonial)

The Laurels InnThe Laurels Inn, Petrockstowe

The Laurels Inn, Petrockstowe. EX20 3HJ

Tel. 01837 810578

The Laurels carries on the Devon tradition of welcoming locals and travellers alike, with an award winning range of beers, both modern and traditional. Good food is served, catering for all tastes and requirements. The Laurels is situated just a mile from the now famous Tarka Trail, cyclists and walkers will always find a warm welcome and a refreshing drink.

Devil's Stone InnThe Devil’s Stone Inn, Shebbear

The Devil’s Stone Inn, Shebbear. EX21 5RU

Tel 01409 281210

“Probably the best pub in Shebbear” The Devil’s Stone Inn is a 17th Century former farmhouse which was converted into a coaching inn some four hundred years ago. Sitting on the edge of the village square, the pub is a beamed, flagstone-floored building with several open fireplaces. We aim to serve good, freshly cooked food and well-conditioned beer in a friendly atmosphere. Accommodation is also available.

Duke of YorkThe Duke of York, Iddesleigh

The Duke of York, Iddesleigh, Okehampton. EX19 8BG

Tel. 01837 810253

The Duke of York, near the Tarka Trail gives you a warm welcome with roaring log fires and very friendly staff. We offer excellent cask ales and are proud of our CAMRA listing. Children & Pets are welcome and there is a lovely beer garden when the sun is shining. With a restaurant renowned for generous portions of home cooked food which is all sourced locally. Accommodation is also available

Half Moon InnThe Half Moon Inn, Sheepwash

The Half Moon Inn, Sheepwash, Beaworthy. EX21 5NE

Tel. 01409 231376

The Half Moon Inn is well known, not just for the fishing but for the quality of its beers, well stocked bar and wine cellar, with wines from around the world to suit most palates. We now have a large and varied menu to suit most tastes (and pockets), available both in the bar and the restaurant. Accommodation is also available.

Torridge InnThe Torridge Inn, Black Torrington

The Torridge Inn, Black Torrington, Beaworthy. EX21 5PT

Tel. 01409 231243

Off the beaten track in the heart of Black Torrington, The Torridge Inn is the ideal spot to enjoy the traditional atmosphere and welcome of a true country pub with good food available too.

The Golden InnThe Golden Inn, Highampton

The Golden Inn, Highampton. EX21 5LT

Tel. 01409 231200

“Really welcoming atmosphere, good range of local real ales and excellent quality home-cooked menu. Definitely recommended!” (Testimonial)

Bickford ArmsThe Bickford Arms, Brandis Corner

The Bickford Arms, Brandis Corner, Holsworthy. EX22 7XY

Tel. 01409 221318

The Bickford Arms has stood at Brandis Corner near Holsworthy since the 17th century, and is now a traditional pub/restaurant offering bed and breakfast. Our menu is sourced from local suppliers and we take great care in maintaining high standards of quality. We serve excellent Real Ales, Draft Lagers and Beers and a Wine List to suit most tastes.

Village InnThe Village Inn, Ashwater

The Village Inn, The Green, Ashwater, Beaworthy. EX21 5EY

Tel. 01409 211200

Good beer, good wine, good food, good atmosphere. Good reasons to visit The Village Inn, Ashwater

Pint and PostThe Pint and Post, St. Giles on the Heath

The Pint and Post, St. Giles on the Heath, Launceston, PL15 9SA

Tel. 01566 775054



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Essie’s Equine

Essie’s Equine is a proper shop for horse riders looking for tack and much more in Holsworthy.

Essie's EquineEssie’s Equine comprises a rug laundry and repair service, tack shop and a hat & body protector fitting service. All our staff are fully qualified and happy to give advice, so contact us with any question that you may have.

Essie's Equinehttp://www.essiesequine.co.uk/

Essie’s Equine, Torridge Way, Dobles Lane Ind Est, Holsworthy. EX22 6HL

Tel: 01409 253900

Essie's Equine

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Nature’s Way

Nature’s Way – North Devon’s gateway to natural health.

Nature's WayAlready well-established in the popular North Devon market town of Holsworthy, Nature’s Way health store changed ownership in 2008 and the new owners have worked hard to expand the range of products for the health and wellbeing of customers.

Favouring high quality and affordable brands from the UK’s leading manufacturers and local producers, we stock an extensive range of vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, natural bodycare & toiletries, cruelty-free cosmetics, eco-friendly household products, sports nutrition, as well as specialist and local foods.


Nature’s Way, 10 The Square, Holsworthy. EX22 6DL

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Ruby Country markets

Pay a visit to a Ruby Country market to sample the atmosphere and liberating atmosphere of a real rural tradition.

Along with the many shops and other places to buy local produce and arts and crafts, there are markets in Hatherleigh (every Tuesday) and Holsworthy (every Wednesday) when the two towns come alive with expectation.

Traditionally the markets have been meeting places for local farmers and their families and this remains the case.  Holsworthy still has thriving livestock markets as well as well as its regular general auctions

Ruby Country

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Ruby Country car parking

Follow these links to find out where to park in the Ruby Country market towns of Holsworthy and Hatherleigh.

Parking in Holsworthy

Parking in Hatherleigh

There is also a small amount of free parking in The Square Holsworthy, limited to one hour per visit. This free parking is not available on Wednesdays due to the weekly market in Holsworthy.

You may be able to find a small roadside space along Market Street in Hatherleigh, although this is not recommended. Free parking is available on Tuesdays in Hatherleigh in a special area beside the market.

Parking charges apply along with the usual terms and conditions. Please check before parking your vehicle.

Remember, don’t leave dogs in cars when the weather is warm and ensure your pets have access to water. Leave the windows open slightly to allow good ventilation. If you are going to leave pets in your car try and park in the shade.

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Cottage with Pool in Ruby Country

6 Lakeside Rise is a 1 bedroom self-catering holiday cottage, set in dramatic Ruby Country scenery with fantastic views towards Dartmoor visible from the raised decking area. 6 Lakeside Rise has access to a course fishing lake, indoor pool and sauna, as well as a small children’s play area.

6 Lakeview RiseThe cottage sleeps up to 4 with an ensuite bathroom off the double bedroom and a double sofa bed with spring sprung mattress.

Cottage with poolThere is a fully equipped open plan kitchen/diner, with hob/oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher etc, attached to the lounge.

Located close to the village of Highampton and within easy reach of both Holsworthy and Hatherleigh, Dartmoor and the North Devon and North Cornwall coasts. Highampton has a village pub and shop, making eating out and getting supplies easy.


Lake at 6 Lakeview Rise

email. lakeviewrise@yahoo.co.uk

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Headon Farm Touring Site in Ruby Country

Located in the scenic North Devon/Cornwall, Ruby Country, Headon Farm is a working farm that has been in our family for 5 generations.

Haymaking at Headon FarmWelcome to our family (dog friendly!) site with lawned and hard standing pitches, offering peace, tranquillity and magnificent views across the Devon and Cornwall countryside. We are an AA 3 Pennant Site.

Headon Farm cowsWe are open all year round with good access via an all-weather entrance and offer electric hook-up points, a heated toilet/shower unit and battery-charging facilities.

The charge for the site per night is inclusive of electricity and use of the heated toilet/shower block. There is a discounted rate for storage clients.

There is a variety of wildlife, with buzzards, owls, foxes, badgers and deer to be seen whilst walking and cycling along our quiet lanes. For cyclists in particular we border the ‘Westcountry Way’ – the National Cycle Route 3, and the Ruby Country Cycle Trail.

A choice of fishing lakes and an 18-hole golf course are also available nearby.

Headon Farm skyThe market town of Holsworthy, some 2.5 miles to the north, boasts a variety of shops, a supermarket, pubs and takeaways to cater for your every need. Every Wednesday The Square is closed to traffic for the Pannier and Farmers Market.

Our secure CaSSOA GOLD-standard storage facility offers both outside and undercover purpose-built storage. All storage at Headon is on hardstanding.

Cricket match at Headon FarmTo find out more about us, our special offers, our charges and more, visit our website.


Linda & Richard Reader ,Headon Farm Caravan Site and Storage FacilityHeadon Farm,
Hollacombe, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6NN

Email; info@headonfarm.co.uk

Tel. 01409 254477

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Lucy Turmaine

spooty minLucy Turmaine is a professional artist, base in Ruby Country specialising in animal portraiture & paintings. In the past 30 years she has amassed hundreds of satisfied customers both nationwide and on the continent.

jj&meganThe majority of her work is in pastel, although she also works in oils, chacoal & , more recently digital media. Concentrating mainly on commissioned pieces, Lucy has exhibited only lightly.

Joint exhibitions she has participated in include Christies, London with the Society of Equestrian Artists, The Wharf, Tavistock & Salar Gallery, Hatherleigh.


piggyLucy has a selection of cards & prints available and, new for 2012, handbuilt ceramic character animal figures & pots. Visitors welcome by appointment.



bee inspiredEmail; artlu@live.co.ukDevon's Ruby Country Logo

Tel. 01409 221136

Mobile 07816 512203


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