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

John Musgrave Heritage Trail

The John Musgrave Heritage Trail can be walked in 4 sections. The entire walk is 35 miles with walks from Maidencombe to Cockington, Cockington to Totnes, Totnes to Dittisham, Dittisham to Greenway by Ferry and then Greenway to Brixham. The route from Cockington to Totnes is 9.5 miles and Totnes to Dittisham is 9 miles. Walking from Cockington to Totnes, start at Cockington Court within Cockington Estate in Torquay, a pretty little historical village with thatched pub, cafes and arts & crafts on site. The walk will lead you through woodland and fields but does include some main roads as well. There will be plenty of chances to stop along the way including at the beautiful Occombe Farm, a local working farm with well-stocked cafe, and at Marldon village with its fine church, local shop and pub. History buffs may embrace the chance to visit Berry Pomeroy castle (when open) and animal lovers should enjoy the Mare and Foal Sanctuary and cafe (seasonal). This part of the walk ends at Totnes Bridge near The Plains. The route from Totnes to Dittisham is a moderate walk along the River Dart which runs through the pretty villages of Cornworthy, Tuckenhay and Ashprington. Visit the South Devon AONB website for more detailed instructions. For more details about the rest of the walk and full guided instructions please visit the South Devon Ramblers website.

Walk to Dartington

A level trail from Totnes to The Shops at Dartington where you can stop for some retail therapy and refreshment before you return. Part of this route is accessible to all. Start the path at Totnes Bridge, follow the riverside path past Totnes Weir. Below the weir is a sandbank, a resting point at low tide for gulls, ducks and wildfowl. Wildlife along the route may include cormorants, swans, seals and the elusive otter. Continue on the cycle trail, alongside Queen’s Marsh or extend the walk through Dartington Estate where you will discover beautiful formal gardens, a tiltyard and several sculptures, including one by Henry Moore.

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 6¾ mile, waymarked, circular walk with several points of interest along the way, starting in the historical town of Totnes and walking via Totnes Riverside Station, Fishchowter’s Lane and Totnes Hydropower Scheme. 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 by ¾ mile, 2¾ miles or 4 miles. You can find a map and full details of the Franklin Trail by clicking here. You can find out more about Totnes Ramblers on their blog here.

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. You can book by phone, email or via the website. Find us on Instagram and 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.

Walk Totnes to Dittisham

A perfect way to spend half a day (or more with stops along the way), this moderate walk will connect you to the beautiful village of Dittisham along the River Dart and runs through the pretty villages of Cornworthy, Tuckenhay and Ashprington. Cornworthy is home to the ruins of a delightful gatehouse from a 14th-century nunnery which is well worth a shortstop, while the attractive hamlet of Tuckenhay will offer the chance to stop for refreshment. Ashprington is a very pretty, small village at the entranceway to Sharpham with a 15th-century church, beautiful stone cottages and two traditional pubs.     Visit the South Devon AONB website for more detailed instructions.

Cycle or Walk the Dart Valley Trail

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.

9 miles/14.5km from Totnes to Dartmouth The Dart Valley Trail is a walking route from Totnes to Dartmouth offering the perfect, active day out with glorious views of the River Dart along ancient lanes, water meadow marshland and quiet woods. Cycling is only permitted in certain sections. This walk is classed as hard by South Devon AONB.   14miles/22km round trip if you start at Dartington The Dart Valley Cycleway is a mostly off-road route which passes through Totnes mid-way, 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 Cellar Door Kitchen at Sharpham Vineyard (open April 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? 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.