Venturing through the North Devon countryside you will no doubt come across the traditional market town of Great Torrington. Interspersed with an interesting array of shops, cafes, pubs the Plough theatre and a refurbished Victorian Pannier Market you cannot help but be inspired by its unique history and its unusual buildings.
Perched proudly on a hill this historic town is cocooned by the most extraordinary, unblemished lush green landscape which you can see for miles around whilst the River Torridge flows gently beneath in the valley and the remains of medieval land culture can be seen in two prominent strips.
Great Torrington is enveloped by Torrington Common which consists of a staggering 365 acres creating an abundance of opportunities to photograph and discover. With its wealth of diverse plant life and range of habitats to many wild animals this just adds to the aura that this wonderful land projects.
Alongside its beautiful natural landscape lies an incredible historical heritage .This ‘Cavalier Town’ holds many memories and is famous for its participation in the Battle of Torrington in 1646 resulting in the demise of Royalist Power and eventually the defeat and execution of King Charles 1. This achievement is still celebrated in the town today and is conveyed through the atmosphere of this historical epoch.
Tucked away in the heart of Tarka country this town with its hive of interest and acitivity has much to offer everyone. However, for me there is no better inspiration then walking on a the cold, crisp Autumnal mornings along the Commons. Watching the mist permeate the rolling hills and waiting for the sun to penetrate through catching the early morning dew and frost and I cannot think of a better way to start the day.