Finch Foundry was, in the 19th century, a water-powered factory for making sickles, scythes, shovels and other hand tools. Although no longer in production, three waterwheels can still be seen driving huge hammers, shears, grindstones and other machinery, with daily working demonstrations. These demonstrations explain the key role the foundry played in the local community. Special Event: St Clement's Day (St Clement is the patron saint of blacksmiths) 17th November. Photo credit: Main pic – Stephen Hayward
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Steps to workshop and interpretation gallery
- Facilities: Access to shop/tea room, view main foundry via shop
- Opening Times: Open 3 Mar-28 Oct, daily 11-5 (last admission 4.30). Open 29 Oct-23 Dec, weekends only 11-3; 17 Nov St Clements Day (free entry)
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About The area
With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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