Buckfastleigh Town

Fore Street in winter

Fore Street in winter

The historic mill town of Buckfastleigh and the neighbouring abbey village of Buckfast, can be found nestling on the southern edge of eastern Dartmoor in Devon just off the A38, midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.

The name "Buckfast" means "stronghold" – traditionally a place where deer and buck were held, and "Leigh" would have been the pasture belonging to Buckfast – hence the meaning deer held in a pasture (buck-fast-leigh). Buckfast probably existed before Buckfastleigh as it is mentioned in the Domesday Book and in 1018 a Benedictine Abbey was founded and endorsed by King Canute at Buckfast.

Read more about the town here...


Hello Winter!

Hello Winter activities will continue over half-term and at weekends right up until Easter.  Look out for posters around town and info on Facebook.  Half-term week includes Morning Cinema, a Zumba for Kids session, arts, crafts and woodworking, plus another Inflatables morning.   A full list of activities can be found here.

Proposed Changes to X38 Bus Service

Stagecoach are proposing to make changes to the X38 bus service between Buckfastleigh and Plymouth.  Residents are encouraged to give their feedback.  Read more here.

Consultation on Dartmoor National Park Management Plan

Consultation on the Dartmoor National Park Management Plan is now open. The 5 year Management Plan is the strategic plan for the National Park – a Plan for all who care about Dartmoor and its future. It needs to actively engage and gain the support of all key stake holders who will assist in its delivery. As such, DNPA is keen to seek the views of all those who live and work on Dartmoor. You can view the plan and comment on it here

New Trustees Wanted for Buckfastleigh Town Hall

Do you have the time, passion, skills and commitment to become a new Trustee of the Town Hall? We are looking to set up a new board of independent trustees to work with the Management Committee and staff and wish to invite enquiries from people who can bring the following skills:

  • Design, development and improvement of community facilities
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing, promotion and event management
  • or do you just love the Town Hall?

Please contact Judith Hart the Town Clerk for an informal chat on 01364 642576 or email: clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk for further information.

Electronic Community Noticeboards coming to town

Buckfastleigh's first trial electronic community noticeboard can be seen in Searle's window.  More will be on the way....  Read all about it here

The second noticeboard can now be seen in the window of 'The Living Room' - the community hub of 'Be Buckfastleigh' at 55 Fore St.

Keep an eye on these to stay up-to-date with news and events around town.

Buckfastleigh Wildlife & Nature Festival

The Town Council are supporting the upcoming 'Be Wild' Wildlife & Nature Festival to be held in the summer (24-26th July) as part of our commitment to responding to climate emergency and ecological crisis. Find out how you can get involved here.

New “Walking for Softies” Group

A beginners' walking group is starting up on Monday lunchtimes, setting out from the Living Room at 12.30 pm each week.  More info here.

Join the Twinning visit to Normandy in August

The Scoriton & Buckfastleigh Twinning Association has some spare places on this year’s Twinning visit to Fontaine-Henry in Normandy.  Read more details here.

SOUP Fundraising Event & Heart of Buckfastleigh Awards

Our third SOUP fundraising event on January 24th was a big success.

Read a full account of who received Heart of Buckfastleigh Awards and what organisations received funds here

Walking for Health

Buckfastleigh Walking for Health is offering free easy guided walks every second Wednesday this year. Walking is the lowest risk of all physical activities, yet produces massive benefits to physical fitness and mental wellbeing. It is a great way to explore your local area, make new friends and learn more about your immediate community. The next walk is on February 26th and will go to St Raphael's Church near Hexworthy to see the snowdrops.   Meet in Woodholme car park at 9.45 am for a 10 am start.  More information here.

Proposed New Housing Developments

You can read here a current summary of the major housing developments in our town that are either currently being considered by Dartmoor National Park planners or are proposed.