Little Riverside is situated in Totnes a perfect location between rugged Dartmoor and the beautiful South Devon coast,
providing a wonderful range of activities for walking, cycling and watersports and various cultural activities.
The nearby historic towns of Totnes and Ashburton have a wide range of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy, while the surrounding countryside contains many excellent pubs serving locally sourced meals.
Dartington Hall has a world renowned Summer Festival, a magnificent garden to visit and a cinema in a 14th century barn which shows the latest releases.
If Wild Swimming is your thing Little Riverside is in a perfect location. The magnificent river Dart is literally on your doorstep.
Our home town
The River Dart meanders through the market town of Totnes which is a bountiful centre for food, art, music, theatre, cinema and natural health.
The High Street is lined with 16th & 17th century merchant houses. Totnes Museum provides a stunning example of its wealthy trading history.
Market days are on Friday and Saturday and a monthly food market is held on the third Sunday of the month.
For cheese lovers, a visit to Country Cheeses in Ticklemore Street is a must.
8 miles from Little Riverside
The ancient stannary town of Ashburton lies on the southern slopes of Dartmoor.
It is renowned for its antique shops and wide range of places to eat and drink, including The Old Library, Rust and Wolf, Red Mullet fish and chip shop and No 14.
Historic pubs include the Exeter Inn where Sir Walter Raleigh was arrested before his final journey to The Tower of London.
We recommend Ella Artisan Baker, the Dartmoor Butchers and the Ashburton Deli for top quality provisions.
Ashburton Cookery School and Chefs Academy is nationally renowned for its wide range of culinary courses.
3.5 miles from Little Riverside
Staverton lies on the River Dart which is crossed by an ancient packhorse bridge dating from 1413. The South Devon Steam Railway station is beside the bridge with nostalgic steam train services to Totnes and Buckfastleigh beside the River Dart. The 15th century Sea Trout Inn in the village centre has been recently refurbished under new management providing a wide range of meals and drinks.
The lane down beside the church leads to one of the many wild swimming pools on the Dart and to the riverside walk.
Ben’s Farm Shop previously known as Riverford Farm Shop, is situated about 1.5 miles away near the junction with the A384 and Riverford Bridge. It sells locally sourced organic vegetables, meat and dairy produce. It also has a café and deli counter.
4.8 miles from Little Riverside
Landscove is surrounded by organic fields and has the Live and Let Live Inn at the village centre.
The famous Hill House Nursery and the Lychgate Cutting Garden is a mecca for keen gardeners and its licensed tearoom provides lunches and sumptuous tea and cake.
Within walking distance across the fields is the Riverford Field Kitchen which creates delicious menus using organic ingredients straight from its own kitchen garden and the surrounding fields. It runs workshops and events based on organic gardening and cooking.
5.5 miles from Little Riverside
Close to Landscove, Broadhempston has two pubs and is within an easy cycle of Ruggadon.
The Coppa Dolla Inn is the home of the famous 2 in 1 pie!
The Monks Retreat in the village centre beside the church and the village shop serves food and local wines and cider.
2.5 miles from Little Riverside
Littlehempston is a pretty village with the 14th Century Tally Ho Country pub serving food and local beers and ciders.
6.5 miles from Little Riverside
Buckfastleigh and Buckfast are small towns on the River Dart at the edge of Dartmoor.
The tranquil Buckfast Abbey stands proud in the small town of Buckfast. Buckfast Tonic Wine was originally made by the monks at Buckfast Abbey and sold as medicine with the slogan “Three small glasses a day, for good health and lively blood”.
Today the major attractions are the South Devon Railway, Buckfast Butterfly Farm, Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary and Pennywell Farm.
1.5 miles from Little Riverside
Dartington is a small village near Totnes and home to Dartington Hall and Estate. The estate has beautiful gardens, a deer park, woodland and riverside walks, the Barn Cinema, shops and cafes.
Dartington Hall is the magnificent medieval centerpiece and home to the International Summer School and Festival. Attached to the Hall is the White Hart Bar and Restaurant.
In the village is the 14th century thatched Cott Inn offering good food and local ales and ciders. At Shinners Bridge is the excellent Almond Thief Bakery and café.
3.8 miles from Little Riverside
A picturesque walk from Totnes to the Sharpham Estate along the Dart Valley Trail will be rewarded by sampling locally-produced wine and cheese. Tours of the vineyard are also available.
6.5 miles from Little Riverside
Dartmoor, just over 3 miles from Ruggadon Barn, is wild, beautiful and full of incredible places to explore. Dartmoor ponies, sheep and cattle roam freely on the moor as they have done for centuries. The granite that forms Dartmoor was produced, in the depths of the earth, over 300 million years ago, and humankind has shaped it over the last 10,000 years. Together, they have made Dartmoor into a wonderful landscape, full of varied habitats, from wooded valleys and hay meadows to magnificent mires and the wild open moor.
The 365 square miles of Dartmoor offer plenty of scope for all grades of walking, cycling, climbing, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing and wild water swimming that can be planned around excellent pubs and cafes.
From 15 minutes drive from Little Riverside
South Devon has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK with beaches, estuaries, coastal villages and the South West Coast Path. Feel free to explore!
Bike hire 2 miles from Little Riverside
There are a variety of cycle routes in Devon which will allow you to explore the countryside both off road and on a variety of quiet lanes.
Route guides are readily available online and bike hire, including ebikes, is available from Ashburton and Totnes.