QUIZ: The oldest, largest, highest and smallest places in Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:43 06 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:43 06 August 2019

Slapton Ley by Neville Stannik

Slapton Ley by Neville Stannik


How well do you really know the ‘record’ places in Devon, the places which are the ‘oldest’, ‘largest’, ‘smallest’, ‘highest’ or ‘furthest’ in the county? Try your hand at these…score one point for each one you got right without using the internet to find the answer!

Explanations to each question are listed below the quiz - don't be tempted to sneak a peek!

Check out the explanations to each question belowCheck out the explanations to each question below

Q1 Where is the highest point ?

The highest point is High Willhays tor on the north west edge of Dartmoor, 6km (four miles) from Okehampton, with a height of 621m (2037 feet) above sea level.

Q2 What and where is the largest natural lake?

The largest natural lake is Slapton Ley, Slapton, near to Dartmouth. This freshwater lake is separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, and is 211ha (521 acres) in area. Roadford Lake near Launceston is larger, at 295ha (729 acres) - but it is a reservoir, opened in 1989, so doesn't count as a 'natural' lake!

Q3 Where is the warmest place, on average?

The title of the warmest place in Devon is shared by Woolacombe and Appledore in North Devon, which both have an average annual temperature of 11.2°C (52.1°F).

Q4 Where is the most southerly point?

Strictly speaking the most southerly point is Eddystone Rocks, which lie 14km (8.7 miles) south of Plymouth in the English Channel and are formally part of Devon. The most southerly point on the Devon mainland, though, is Prawle Point, a prominent headland on the South Hams peninsula.

Q5 What is the highest village?

The highest village is Princetown on Dartmoor, home to the infamous Dartmoor Prison, with an altitude of 435m (1,427 feet) above sea level.

Q6 Where is the oldest theatre that is still in use?

The oldest theatre that is still in use is the Brixham Theatre, on Bolton Square in Brixham, which dates from 1887.

Q7 Where is the oldest bridge?

The oldest bridge is the bridge over the River Clyst at Clyst St Mary, near to Exeter. Its two western arches date from 1238, and the three eastern arches were reconstructed in 1310.

Q8 The oldest gin distillery in the UK is in Devon. Where is it?

Black Friars Distillery on Southside Street, Plymouth is the home of Plymouth Gin and is the oldest gin distillery in the UK. The distillery opened in 1793, although the building dates from 1431 and was originally a Dominican monastery.

Q9 The shortest geographical name in England is in Devon. What is it and where is it?

The O Brook is a tributary of the West Dart River near Hexworthy on Dartmoor. It shares the distinction of being one of only two single letter place names in the UK with the River E in Inverness-shire.

Q10 What is the tallest 'man-made' structure, and where is it?

Stockland Hill Mast is a TV and radio transmitting station, built in 1961, 6km (four miles) east of Honiton. It is 235m (771 feet) tall.

And the answer to the final, very challenging question…

Q11 Where is the oldest house that is still used as a home?

Bridford Barton farmhouse, in Church Lane, Bridford, east of Moretonhampstead, dates from the early 14th century (pre-1350) and is believed to be the oldest house still used as a home.

Nick Foskett, who set this quiz, is an environmental author and consultant. If you are interested in finding out more about record places in the UK then look at his blog at mustgetoutmore.org

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