See and Do Category: Cycling and Walking in and around Totnes

Franklin Totnes Trail

The Franklin Totnes Trail is a circular walk around Totnes which has come to life as part of a legacy bequest from a member of the Totnes Ramblers, Mr Edward Franklin. It's a 6 ¾ mile, waymarked, circular walk with several points of interest along the way, starting in the historical town of Totnes. It should take the average walker 3 to 4 hours to complete the walk, but if time is limited there are options to shorten the walk. For more information visit their website.

Canoe Adventures

Explore South Devon’s stunning River Dart with Canoe Adventures from Tuckenhay or Stoke Gabriel. Hire your own canoe or canoes with an experienced guide for a unique River Adventure. Join us for a BBQ, wine tasting at Sharpham vineyard or our famous ‘Pub to pub and back by moonlight’ journeys. Or for the slightly more adventurous we offer overnight canoe and wild camping. Enjoy a unique experience of the local wildlife and historic Devon from the river. Ideal for family celebrations, Hens, Stags, Scouts, Guides, Schools and team building and rewards. You can book a whole canoe throughout the year for a guided canoe journey. Not enough people for a whole canoe? During the school holidays we run ‘Family and Friends’ By-the-Seat adventures. Booking is essential as departure times vary daily with the tide. Check out our 5 star Trip Advisor reviews.

Access for all path

This popular and attractive footpath and cycle route runs for two miles alongside the River Dart and through Dartington Hall estate to link Borough Park in Totnes with The Shops at Dartington. It is carefully designed to be suitable for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users and people with sight loss.

There are 10 benches along the path, with toilets and nearby car parks at Totnes Pavilion in Borough Park and at The Shops at Dartington. An audio-guide (made when the path first opened in the 1990s) which describes the path and its surroundings can be found at here.

Cycle or walk the Dart Valley

A perfect day out for active families offering glorious views of the River Dart along ancient lanes, water meadow marshland and quiet woods. The Dart Valley Trail, on the other hand, is a walking route from Totnes to Dartmouth, which means cycling is only permitted in certain sections.

This route can of course be used as a walking route. The Dart Valley Trail, on the other hand, is a walking route from Totnes to Dartmouth, which means cycling is only permitted in certain sections.

14miles/22km round trip if you start at Dartington The Dart Valley Cycleway is a mostly off-road route which passes right through Totnes at the mid-point, between the villages of Dartington and Ashprington. There are rewarding views and interesting places to visit on this trail which, though strenuous in parts, has some level sections too. The route is equally as good for walkers as cyclists but be mindful that there may be bikes around. When you get to Sharpham, you can get refreshed at the Anchorstone at Sharpham Vineyard Café (open May to October) or visit and shop at Sharpham Wine & Cheese.

If walking, why not vary the route to and from Ashprington by taking the cycle route on the outward journey and returning by the footpath?

Need a bike? You can hire adult and child bikes as well as child seats and tag-alongs from Hot Pursuit in Totnes. The staff have great knowledge of cycle paths, bridleways and green lanes. They stock a range of cycle maps for mountain and road riding in the South Hams and Dartmoor National Park. It’s best to give as much notice as you can. Call 01803 865174.

Want more inspiration? Download a series of excellent local cycle maps by Devon County Council at cycledevon.info. For information about walking and cycling on Dartmoor visit dartmoor.gov.uk.  Or to download walking routes and trails from the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty visit southdevonaonb.org.uk. For more ideas about how to be active in Devon visitexploredevon.info.

Need help with the Dartmoor hills? Dartmoor Walks and Rides This Way offer guided tours on electric bikes to discover the magic of the stunning scenery around Dartmoor.

Access for all path A part of the path is carefully designed to be suitable for people with disabilities. For more information click HERE.

Dartmoor Walk and Rides This Way

Explore the lovely Dartmoor National Park on foot or on a top-quality electric bike -- or both.  We offer guided tours, designed to suit you, that start from a variety of locations on Dartmoor and last a full or half day. We can also bring in local experts to offer walks or rides with a particular focus such as birdlife or plants, archaeology/history, legends and myths, wild swimming, ecology, social history and sustainability.

Explore the beautiful Dart river

Totnes is a captivating town set on one of Britain’s most picturesque and historically significant waterways, the River Dart. You can stroll down the River Dart to Longmarsh to admire the beauty of this historic waterway. Once the old rifle range, now given over to wildlife, conservation and gentle recreation. This accessible riverside trail is right next to the River Dart, perfect for a simple stroll or dog walk. Start the path at Steamer Quay or Longmarsh itself, just past the Rowing Club. Vary the return route to come through the wooded (and sometimes muddy) conservation area. You may see all manner of bird life including kingfishers.