Rose Ash: A Quintessential English Village in North Devon

Rose Ash, North Devon

Are you looking for an idyllic English village to visit or call home? Look no further than Rose Ash, a charming village nestled in North Devon.

With its rich history, vibrant community, and stunning countryside views, Rose Ash truly has something for everyone.

In this blog post, we’ll dive into the picturesque allure of Rose Ash and explore what makes this delightful village so special.

The Church of St Peter

Rich History and Beautiful Scenery

Located just six miles east-south-east of South Molton market town, Rose Ash was once known as Ralph-Esse.

It’s a small village surrounded by stunning views of the English countryside.

Although the village doesn’t have a shop or public house, its close-knit community life thrives around St Peter’s Church and the well-equipped village hall.

St Peter’s Church: A Testament to Time

St Peter’s Church, a beautiful Grade II* listed building, serves as the heart of the village.

While it was rebuilt between 1889-1892, it has managed to preserve its medieval tower and north aisle, allowing visitors to marvel at the magnificent architecture that has stood the test of time.

The Church of St Peter

Community Life in Rose Ash

When it comes to community events, Rose Ash Village Hall is definitely the hub. Once part of the village school—which opened in 1878 and closed in 1948—the hall has been repurposed as a venue for various local events.

From skittles and bingo nights to music events and the annual Revel, Rose Ash Village Hall offers countless opportunities for residents and visitors to come together in a fun and interactive setting.

Plus, with its kitchen facilities and capacity for 80 people, it’s an ideal spot for private functions like weddings and parties.

Oh and there is a local garden club too!

Rose Ash Village Hall
Rose Ash Village Hall

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Celebrating Tradition: Rose Ash Revel

Rose Ash Revel is an annual celebration where villagers gather on the green beside St Peter’s Church to enjoy games, food, live entertainment, and good company.

The event also raises money for essential local causes like the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, St Peter’s Church, and the village hall.

inside the Church of St Peter

Historical Hamlets in Rose Ash

The hamlets of Yard and Ash Mill also enrich Rose Ash with their historical presence.

In fact, South Yarde Farmhouse, a late 15th or early 16th-century marvel, is considered a Grade I listed building. North Yarde House, another Grade II* listed farmhouse, once served as South Yarde’s kitchen range.

A home recently up for sale in Rose Ash

Dog Walking Heaven: Exploring Nearby Public Paths

Rose Ash boasts a treasure trove of public footpaths and bridleways that not only provide stunning countryside views but also make the perfect setting for dog walking adventures.

The area’s extensive network of paths allows both residents and visitors to bond with their canine companions while enjoying the natural beauty surrounding the village.

Stroll Through Tranquil Fields and Rolling Hills

There’s no shortage of variety when it comes to pet-friendly walking paths in Rose Ash.

With options that meander through open fields, mysterious woodlands, and rolling hills, there’s a path suitable for every level of fitness and experience.

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, you’ll find it near Rose Ash.

Village Defibrillator

Rose Ash has a village defibrillator which is housed in the phone box in the main road of the village. This is available to anyone who may need it in case of an emergency.

Harnessing the Power of the Wind: Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm

Rose Ash is the nearby Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm. Erected in 2016, these nine awe-inspiring wind turbines are a testament to North Devon’s commitment to renewable energy.

Towering majestically over the rolling hills, the wind turbines add a modern twist to the traditional English countryside landscape. They generate up to 18 MW of power – enough to supply over 8,000 homes, significantly reducing the region’s carbon footprint.

The wind farm also serves as a fascinating point of interest for visitors (see the earlier note about the dog walking in the area).

The Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm is not only an embodiment of progress, but it also enhances the charm of Rose Ash, showing how past and present can coexist in perfect harmony.

The nearby wind turbines at Batsworthy Cross

Experience the Charm of Rose Ash

While the village may be small in size, it emanates a strong sense of community spirit that can’t be found just anywhere.

From its breathtaking countryside views and well-preserved historic buildings to its lively village hall events and annual Revel, Rose Ash offers a charming taste of traditional English village life.

So take some time to explore this hidden gem of North Devon—it just might become your new favourite destination, rather than driving past, through or just never see this part of the world. Grab the lead, go explore!

Author Matt Ogborne
Matt Ogborne
About the Author

Welcome to! I’m Matt, a seasoned explorer and avid fan of Bideford and the broader North Devon area. With over a decade of consistent family visits, virtually every weekend, I’ve immersed myself in the rich history and vibrant culture Bideford & North Devon.

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