Hatherleigh is a small market town in west Devon, England.

Location within Devon
Population1,306 (Parish, 2001)
OS grid referenceSS5404
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOkehampton
Postcode districtEX20
Dialling code01837
EU ParliamentSouth West England
WebsiteCommunity page website

It hosts an arts festival in July,[1] and a carnival in November featuring two flaming tar barrel runs.[2] The Walruses meet on New Year's Day to jump into the River Lew to raise money for local good causes. An annual half-marathon called the Ruby Run takes place usually in June between Holsworthy and Hatherleigh, starting from each town in alternate years.

Hatherleigh Market has weekly sales of sheep, cattle and poultry with increased sales on Tuesdays. It is the smallest town in Devon. Hatherleigh is home to two pubs, The Tally Ho and The George. The George was burned down in an arson attack on 23 December 2008 and has subsequently been rebuilt and re-opened in 2010. More than 100 firemen from across the county were drafted in to help fight the blaze which was still burning well into the early hours of Christmas Eve. Hatherleigh also contains hairdressers, craft shops, a beauty salon, a butcher, a newsagency, a bakery and a convenience shop. The town also contains both a NatWest bank and a post office, however these conveniences are soon to close due to lack of use and new ownership respectively.

The parish church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and has a western tower topped by a shingled spire. The nave and aisles are divided by granite arcades. The font is Norman and the original wagon roofs remain.[3]

An impressive obelisk one mile (1.6 km) east of the town commemorates Lt Col. William Morris (d. 1858 in India): it was built in 1860.[4][5]

Hatherleigh was the beginning of the 7th stage of the Tour of Britain in September 2009 and record numbers turned out to watch the famous race begin. Hatherleigh had often been on the course of the Tour but this was the first time a stage had started in the town.

Hatherleigh also saw the Olympic torch in 2011.[6]

There is an electoral ward with the same name. The population at the 2011 census was 2,218.[7]

There is no railway station within Hatherleigh's boundaries. However residents can choose between the nearby railway stations in Sampford Courtenay and Okehampton but these stations are only open on summer Sundays as part of the Dartmoor summer Sunday rover network. The nearest railway station that is operates regularly is Yeoford railway station in the neighbouring borough of Mid Devon.

The village is part of the Ruby Country which covers 45 parishes around the market towns of Holsworthy and Hatherleigh. These two towns were at the centre of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak, and although agriculture was directly affected, most local businesses suffered considerable financial hardship. As a result, the Ruby Country Initiative was established, a not for profit partnership, to help create a more robust and sustainable local economy, and to create an identity for the area.[8]


  1. "Welcome to the Hatherleigh Festival Website". Hatherleigh Festival Website. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  2. "Carnival Index Page". Hatherleigh.net. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  3. Pevsner, N. (1952) North Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books; p. 96
  4. Pevsner, N. (1952)
  5. "William Morris Monument, Hatherleigh, Devon, UK". Waymarking. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  6. "Olympic Torch Blazes Way Through North Devon". Express and Echo. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  7. "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  8. "Welcome to the Ruby Country". Ruby Country. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
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