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The local area guide to living in Yelverton

The beautiful village of Yelverton lies among the foothills of Dartmoor in south-west Devon. Known for its rocky outcrop, Yelverton Rock, and its excellent location as a base for exploring the wild wonders of the moors, the village has much to offer amid this paradise for historians, hikers, walkers and cyclists.

Within short distances are many prehistoric and medieval sites and just to the west is Buckland Abbey, famous for its sly purchase from the descendants of rival Richard Grenville in the late 1500s by famous explorer and Yelverton-area native Sir Francis Drake. The renowned market town, Tavistock, lies a short distance north of the village, and is known largely for its arts and music festival in the summer. Just a short distance to the south is the bustling seaside town of Plymouth.

Central Yelverton ranks very well in IMD standards, which place it at better than 86% of English output areas overall. Education ranks particularly high at better than 97% of the rest of England, as does Income, Employment and Health at 92%, 91% and 84% respectively. The village is perfectly situated as a tranquil semi-rural residence from whence to explore the unique and awe-inspiring surroundings.

Information about the local residents

Yelverton is designated under the Buckland Monachorum parish and ward. The parish has 3,763 residents, 1,838 of which are working age according to 2013 estimates. The vast majority of these are employed in some way, and those remaining are primarily pensioners, students and residents looking after households. The Professional Occupation group accounts for 30% of the employed population, followed by Managers and Senior Officials at 14.2%.

About 892 residents are between 45-59 years old, making it the largest age group in the parish. After this, the largest age groups are the 30-44, consisting of 526 residents, and 65-74, consisting of 499. The village has 1,562 households.

The majority of the local economy is related to the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing industry (65%), but in terms of actual employment, the most common industries are Human Health and Social Work and Education, followed by Public Administration & Defence and Wholesale & Retail Trade.

Nearby schools

Horrabridge Primary & Nursery School is the closest primary, just over a mile to the north in Horrabridge. The school achieved an Ofsted outcome of ‘Outstanding’, and the school performs well above national average at Key Stage 2, with 91% of pupils attaining, at least, level 4 in reading, writing and maths.

Lady Modiford’s Church of England School to the north-east, Meavy Church of England Primary School to the south-east and St. Andrew’s C of E to the west are also very close by, and both Meavy and St. Andrew’s perform notably well.

Just 4 and a half miles away,in Tavistock, is the large comprehensive secondary school Tavistock College, which has 1,256 students. Mount Kelly is also in Tavistock and serves 546 pupils. The school performs very well at Key Stage 4, with 64% of pupils attaining at least 5 A*-C GCSEs (including English and maths). For comparison, the national average is 53.8%. A level performance is also very good, with 86% of students achieving at least 3 A levels.

Getting around

The A386 (Tavistock Road) grants Yelverton very good road connections, and there is a good bus network operating mainly from the centre of the village. Buckland Monachorum can be reached in just 9 minutes by bus, and, in fact, many of the surrounding communities are easily accessible by walking or cycling.

There are railway stations in both Tavistock and Plymouth, each within easy distance. Plymouth is 10 miles south on the coast, which takes about 16 minutes by car or 25 minutes by bus. Tavistock is only 8 minutes away by car to the north, or 17 minutes by the Bus.

Local shops

There are a good number of specialist local shops throughout the village, as well as several lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants catering to Dartmoor explorers. There is a local convenience store and post office, a supermarket, a surgery, a nursing home, a florist and a cycling shop, among others.

In Tavistock and Plymouth, there are a wide range of retailers, shopping centres, large supermarkets and all manner of restaurants.

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