Today, I want to tell you all about the hidden gem in Devon that we live and work in: Crediton.
This charming market town is a true example of the beauty and tradition of the Devon lifestyle, and I can’t wait to show you why it’s the perfect place to call home!
A Rich and Fascinating History
Let’s start with the town’s history. Crediton has a rich and fascinating history that spans back to the Saxon period. It is said to be the birthplace of Saint Boniface, a missionary credited with converting much of continental Europe to Christianity in the 8th century. The town also has a significant connection to the wool trade, which was an important industry in the region during the Middle Ages. Crediton has a wealth of heritage sites and architecture that are a testament to its rich history. For instance, the town is home to Church of the Holy Cross, a beautiful sandstone building with a history of at least 1100 years, and one of the largest parish churches in Devon.
Surrounded by Rolling Hills and Scenic Countryside
The town’s location is also a major draw. Crediton is nestled on the banks of the River Creedy and is surrounded by rolling hills, countryside and farmland, yet is only 7 miles from the Cathedral City of Exeter. This picturesque location provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life while still being close to all the amenities you need. For those who love fishing, the River Creedy is a popular spot for anglers, so you won’t be short of opportunities to cast a line. For golfers there’s a fantastic 18 hole course at Downes Crediton Golf Club which offers a challenging 18-hole course set in beautiful hills. The course provides a unique and enjoyable golfing experience with its natural beauty, undulating fairways and well-manicured greens.
Outdoor Activities and Adventure Around Crediton
For those who love the outdoors, Crediton and it’s surrounding areas is a paradise. With its close proximity to Dartmoor National Park, there are countless opportunities for hiking, cycling, and exploring the beautiful Devon countryside. The town’s parks and gardens are also perfect for picnics and taking in the sun and the beautiful lakes at Shobrooke Park make for a perfect afternoon stroll. Crediton is a peaceful and friendly community, where you’ll always have plenty to see and do.
A Journey On The Tarka Line
A unique experience in Crediton is taking a ride on the Tarka Line Railway. It’ll take you on a journey through picturesque Devon countryside as far as Barnstaple, taking in beautiful views of rivers and farmland as it goes, stopping at various old stations enroute. It’s a very popular attraction for tourists and locals alike, and it’s a great way to spend a day with the family.
A Town that Values Education: A Range of Facilities to Choose From
Crediton is a town that values education, and provides families with school-aged children a range of facilities to choose from and there are 3 main schools:
Landscore Primary School offers a warm and welcoming environment where students can thrive. With a focus on developing literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills, Landscore provides students with a strong foundation for future learning.
Haywards Primary School offers a unique Montessori-based education, with an emphasis on hands-on learning and individualized instruction. The school provides students with a personalised education experience that allows them to learn at their own pace and reach their full potential.
Queen Elizabeth’s School is an academy school with a sixth form with a focus on academic excellence. The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, allowing students to explore their interests and develop new skills.
So, if you’re searching for a town that takes education seriously, Crediton is definitely worth considering.
The Heart of Crediton: Independent Shops, Cafes and Markets
Crediton is a town that truly cherishes its local businesses and community. The heart of the town, its High Street, is a thriving hub of independent shops, cafes, and pubs, making it the perfect place for a relaxed and enjoyable day out. Whether you’re in the mood for browsing unique gifts, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the charming cafes, or simply people watching while sipping a coffee, Crediton has got you covered.
But the community spirit doesn’t stop just in the High Street. The Crediton Town Square is a lively hub of community activity and cultural events. Recently revitalized through the “Share in the Square” project, the town square has come back to life with a range of events, activities, and markets. From farmers’ markets, where you can buy fresh, locally grown produce and handmade crafts, to outdoor concerts, there is always something happening in the square that brings the community together.
A Hub for Active Fun and Fitness
Lords Meadow Leisure Centre offers a range of facilities for those looking to stay active and have fun. With a 25-metre swimming pool, a well-equipped gym, and a variety of fitness classes, there’s something for everyone. The centre also offers sports hall activities such as badminton, basketball, and table tennis, making it a great place for families and groups to enjoy together.
Helmores Estate Agents: A Passion for the Community
Finally, I’d like to give Helmores a quick plug and why not, because for over 320 years we’ve been a cornerstone of the Crediton community. As a family-owned business, we take pride in offering a wide range of properties to buy and rent in and around Crediton. Our team is passionate about the area and dedicated to helping those looking to buy or rent a property in the town. With a wealth of experience and a unique approach to showcasing our properties, including video tours and aerial drone footage, Helmores is the go-to choice for anyone looking to make Crediton their new home.
Crediton Really Is The Perfect Place to Call Home!
So in my opinion, Crediton is the perfect place for those who want to experience the traditional Devon lifestyle. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and friendly community, Crediton has something for everyone. Whether you’re a family looking for a peaceful place to raise your children, or a retiree looking for a place to relax and enjoy your golden years, Crediton really is the perfect place to call home.
I invite your thoughts on Crediton – have you lived here before or considering moving here? Share what you love or draws you to the town, and any unique features that set it apart from other Devon towns. I’d love you to leave your comments below.