Wondering what to do in glorious south Devon? Where do we begin?!

We’ve compiled a dream itinerary for four days in Totnes, just to give you a taste!

Four blissful days in Devon

Totnes Market

Friday

We wake up with a swim in the river! Later we walk into town for the Friday market, loads of good second-hand clothes, antiques, fresh bread (of a unusual kind!), organic and good food stalls. There’s usually someone busking, so the atmosphere is vibrant! Have lunch at one of the numerous cafes or restaurants. Walk up to Dartington in the afternoon and relax in the beautiful gardens of Dartington estate, followed by a drink in The White Hart… which inevitably will end up staying for dinner! Or catch the film at The Barn Cinema.

South Devon Steam Railway

Saturday

Get the steam train to Buckfastleigh and visit the butterfly farm and otter sanctuary, then walk to Buckfast Abbey for a visit and lunch. Get the train back, walk to Little Riverside and relax while gazing at the river.

Dartmoor

Sunday

After a long relaxed breakfast watching and listening to the bird life, head off for a day of walking on Dartmoor. The park authority runs events and guided walks year round.

Dartmouth

Monday

For the last day, have an early breakfast and get the boat down to Dartmouth. Wander the interesting individual shops and art galleries.
Have a vegetarian meal at the well renowned Willow Restaurant and buy last minute gifts to take home.

This is just a suggestion to give you some idea of what you can do in and around the area.

Some more fantastic activities on our doorstep

Canoeing

Canoeing

How about with a canoeing trip up the RiverDart? You can contact our good freind Nick Taylor on nick@windingrivercanoe.co.uk. He also does organised trips which may correspond to your visit.

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Wild Swimming

Wild Swimming

John and I love the sensation of swimming in the fresh river water. We have acclimatised to the coldness! We swim most mornings from Spring Equinox to October. Spotting Kingfishers, little Grebe and numerous ducks as we swim.

Dartmoor

Walking

We’re a 20-minute drive from the heart of Dartmoor, one of the most beautiful parts of Great Britain. There’s an excellent information on Dartmoor walks on The Ramblers’ site and more inspiration on the Dartmoor national parks site.

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

There are RSPB reserves at Aylesbeare Common, Chapel Wood, Exe Estuary, Slapton Ley. But you won’t need to go far for stunning birdlife – a lot of it happens right on the doorstep!

Cycling

Cycling

Devon is superb and sometimes challenging cycling territory, and there are plenty of cycle paths to chose from starting from outside the house.

Sailing

Sailing

Paignton, Brixham,Torquay, Salcombe or Dartmouth are all nearby sailing centres.

Tha Arts at Dartington

The Arts

If the arts is your thing, Totnes is spoilt for choice all year round. In the summer there’s the Dartington International Summer School throughout August. In September there’s the two-week Totnes Festival packed with local talent. There’s the Ways With Words literary festival in July, and the Schumacher College offers regular talks on environmental or economic issues. And if you need more stimulation, the charming Barn cinema has films on every night. Totnes is famous for its alternative culture, so you’ll find a new world of treatments, therapies and great places for fresh, organic food. Riverford Farm is just down the road from us.