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Stoke Gabriel

Stoke Gabriel

Stoke Gabriel itself is quietly located and largely unknown in South Devon. It can be found on a small creek/inlet of the River Dart. This is a real “local” village, unspoilt by time and still retaining marks of its heritage, from the 1000-year-old churchyard yew tree to the wharf and water frontage where children fish for crabs and mullet swarm on warm summer evenings.

A church was already at Stoke Gabriel almost a thousand years ago. The present “St Mary & St Gabriel” church consists of the 13th-century tower and 15th-century church body. The famous yew tree, which is reputed to be over 1000 years old, is an attraction for visitors who can be seen walking backwards three times around the yew. The theory is that their wishes will then come true. Alongside this ancient church is the “Orchard”, one of the last remaining ancient apple orchards in south Devon.

It is a popular place for kids to play around the famous millpond, kayak, and canoe up and down the river Dart. But also relax at the pond cafe or enjoy the local pubs. There is a country back road from Galmpton and Churston, accessed from the Totnes road just outside Paignton and a hundred yards over the hill from Tweenaway Cross. Turn left at the bottom, before the BMW garage.

Web address to the Parish Council Website

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