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  • Old Tavistock

    by lucyt Updated Jun 29, 2007

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    Remains of the Benedictine Abbey

    A Benedictine Abbey was built in Tavistock in 961 AD and destroyed in 997 by Vikings (naughty boys). These are some of the few remaining walls and can be found in the Churchyard of St Eustacius Parish Church, an Anglican Church that was started in 1318 (although for obvious reasons it wasn't Anglican then). St Eustachius is pretty big, as befits the serving Church of a Stanary town. So big, indeed, that it has doors that were added at a later date to allow the local nobs to enter the Church by horse and carriage. The Church hold regular services and concerts. A highlight of the year (and the only time I go there) is Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

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    The Abbey Walk - Where Town Meets Country!

    by johngayton Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    This is a short footpath along the River Tavy between the bridge and the Meadows Park but even on a midsummer afternoon when the town itself is busy this is a haven from the bustle of the ardent shoppers.

    The fast-flowing river on one side and the stolid outer wall of the former Abbey on the other makes for a pleasant stroll. Even though you are still in the town centre it does have a tranquility which belies its location.

    This is enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike and on this visit a little quarter of local youths were happily skipping along the path singing "We're Getting Married In The Morning" - well maybe they were? (pic2).

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    Tavistock Viaduct - For The Overview/Underview!

    by johngayton Updated Aug 4, 2009

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    Built in 1889 to allow the railway to come to town Tavistock Viaduct is an impressively massive construct to the North of the town centre. Following the Beeching cuts in the late 60's the railway line was dismantled but the viaduct remains, solid and stately, and is now the centrepiece of a short (about 2 km), pleasant, walk/cycle route through the middle of its eponymous nature reserve.

    This makes for a nice easy wander and the views from the viaduct look out over the town with the grandeur of Dartmoor as its backdrop.

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    The Meadows - For A Family Day Out

    by johngayton Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    Tavistock's Meadows is the town's centrally-located park, a veritable oasis of greenery and water (being bordered on two sides by the river and the canal). This is where the local families head as soon as the sun peeks through the clouds and there's loads of fun to be had.

    For the kids the whole park is an adventure playground with freebie rides and slides. OK it's not Disneyland but just a nice, safe place to have a family day out. For the sedentary folks you can feed the ducks and swans on the canal. For the more active there's a popular BMX track, the Meadowlands Leisure Pool and the tennis courts.

    For eats you can bring your own picnic and enjoy it on the well-kept grassy bits or at one of the trestled wooden benches, otherwise grab a snack from the little kiosk.

    Me - I was just taking the camera for a walk!

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    Meadowlands Leisure Pool

    by johngayton Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    This isn't my thing these days - water and I aren't as compatible as we used to be. This is, though, a pretty impressive looking swimming pool with loads of features including flumes and spumes and all sorts of other 'umes.

    There's always lifeguards present and swimming teachers too and the complex is an attractive-looking building, combining the local stone with a nice glass-house look. Nice piece of modern building in a very pleasant location just off the Meadows Park.

    For a family thing to do this looks ideal and has a little cafe overloking the Meadows Park (don't know whether it has a beer licence tho'!).

    Looks like fun!

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