Ashton

Ashton

This town at the bottom of the Langeberge (Long Mountains) is an important wine-producing and fruit-processing centre. The small town progressed from a prosperous farming community in the 1940s and lies on the Tourist Routes 62 and 60.

Adventure And Sport

Cogman’s Kloof: The cliffs and rock formations of the Cogman’s Kloof offer an open invitation to serious rock climbers.

Hiking: Hiking trails criss-cross the lower foothills and allow good views of the fynbos vegetation.

Mountain-biking: Mountain-bike trails take adventurers through the Wildepaardehoek and past a dam with lovely scenery.

Cuisine

Wine: Wine cellars are scattered around the town and many cellars offer boat trips on the Breede River to complement the wine-tasting experience. There are several wine farms and cellars in the area, including Ashton Co-op, De Wetshof Estate, Van Loveren and Zandvliet Estate.

Fauna And Flora

Sheilam Cactus Farm: Lying close to both Ashton and Robertson, Sheilam is also known as Little Mexico. The farm grows many exotic cactus plants, many of which are exported to all over the world.

History And Architecture

Old English Fort: This fort, built in 1899 during the Anglo-Boer War, is located in Cogman’s Kloof.

Steam Locomotive: The locomotive is situated in Main Road and was designed and built in Canada in 1919 by the Montreal Locomotive Works.

Other Attractions

Stud farms and Racehorses: The area is famous for its stud farms where many of the top racehorses in the country are bred.

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