See and Do Category: Get outdoors

The Gardens at Dartington Trust

Experience a sense of tranquillity at our impressive Grade II* listed gardens, which have been shaped and inspired by the remarkable custodians of this special place for over 1,000 years. On your visit to the 26 acres of tended grounds, you’ll find a range of stunning features with beautiful vistas and creative sculptures, including ancient trees and impressive plant species. Our gardens team have been working hard to bring some of the hidden secrets of the gardens to life. On arrival, you’ll pick up a beautifully design gardens guide (included in the ticket price), and there’s also an activity trail for children to engage in with hidden paths to explore. Stay awhile and enjoy delicious food from The White Hart Restaurant or The Green Table café. Great for kids; Families can enjoy our all-new children’s nature trail within the gardens, with inspired nature activities including bug hotels, den building and more. Our gorgeous new trail map included in your ticket price – make sure you pick one upon arrival!  

GARDEN TOURS

Join one of our highly popular, volunteer-led Garden Tours (duration: 90 minutes) to learn more about the heritage, beauty and historical features of the Gardens. If a tour is available on your chosen date, you will be given Tour ticket options during the booking process. You can check upcoming dates on our website (link - About The Gardens - Visit Dartington | Dartington) – but from 1 October 2021, the tours are every Wednesday at 11am and are FREE with your Gardens general entry ticket. We are hugely grateful to our wonderful volunteers for offering these tours.  (free for Dartington Members).   Link to our webpage - Dartington Gardens tours - Dartington Trust

Totnes Measured Mile

This mile long easy walking route alongside the River Dart was established by Totnes Ramblers in 2021. As the route is flat, it is suitable for those using wheelchairs and buggies. It starts on the Plains in Totnes, on the same side of the road as the Waterside Bistro and Food for Thought takeaway just by the roundabout. Here there is a metal notice board with the route displayed on it. On the same board, the Franklin Totnes Trail is also featured, this being the other route established by the Totnes Ramblers. The Measured Mile is marked with purple stickers and there are waymarks at quarter mile intervals. From the Plains, turn right, cross the bridge, turn right at Seymour Rd, turn right at Steamer Quay Rd and follow the riverside path to its end at Longmarsh. There is plenty to see along the way. You may see Cormorants on the river bank and Seals often swim up river on the incoming tide from Dartmouth. Kingfishers are resident in the marshy area at Longmarsh behind the Measured Mile. The river can be busy with paddle boarders, rowing boats and ferries from Dartmouth and Torbay. There are many benches along the way, a cafe and public toilets. The walk is a lovely, gentle stroll along the banks of the Dart allowing users to leave the hustle and bustle of the centre of Totnes and enter the tranquil world of the Dart and experience the diversity and beauty of this special river.

Walks from Totnes Book

Eight fruitful walks around and from Totnes include maps and photos to guide you along the way. We’ve packed each walk with snippets of local history and tips to get the most out of your walk. Available to buy from: Little Blue Budgie Arcturus Books The East Gate Bookshop Pogoda Interiors Waterside Bistro

Totnes Kayaks

We are a very small company here in South Devon, on a mission to make the fun of the River Dart estuary accessible to people.   We focus on the upper two thirds of the estuary between Totnes and Dittisham, and run our rental service from the picturesque, riverside village of Stoke Gabriel.

Kayakhub Totnes

An outstandingly beautiful place to explore the local waterways. We've run many of our trips from here in the past and absolutely love the River Dart. Specialising in beginner and family-friendly trips, we can organise more challenging adventures as well. There is always plenty to see and do and you just never know what's around the next bend. Our base in Totnes is the perfect gateway for little and big adventures for all abilities. Come along and give it a try.

There is a lot of wildlife such as seals, herons and egrets very close by and if you are lucky you may even see the odd kingfisher. Not to mention great places to visit like Agatha Christie's old summer house and The Ferry Boat Inn pub!

Dynamic Adventures CIC

Dynamic Adventures CIC is a not-for-profit company based in Totnes, the heart of Devon, providing access to adventure for all. We do all we can to encourage a sense of adventure in all our work, making it safe, fun and inspiring.

Lukesland Gardens

‘One of the finest gardens of its kind in the South West’ (Good Gardens Guide), Lukesland is a hidden gem.  No pre booking required, but we reserve the right to limit entry, in the unlikely event of numbers being too great. This 24-acre family-run garden has an impressive collection of flowering shrubs and rare trees, planted by a Dartmoor stream in a peaceful woodland valley, but still easily accessible from the A38. Wonderful spring and autumn colour. Tea room serving home-made soup and cakes. Children’s trail. Dogs welcome on a lead. Spring openings: Sunday, Wednesday and Bank Hols 11am – 5pm from 14th March – 13th June. Autumn: Sunday and Wednesday  11am -5pm,  3rd October – 14th November.  

Snark Sailing Retreat

‘Snark’ is a 26 metre fully functional spritsail Thames sailing barge. She is newly commissioned and fully coded (licenced) for sailing in the coastal waters and rivers of the English Channel. Our tariffs are fully inclusive with plenty of good home-cooked food, comfortable accommodation and hands-on experience. Snark Limited offer a diverse range of events including: • One, two and seven day sailing cruises around the S and SW coasts of England and associated rivers and estuaries • Yoga and meditation retreats • Birdwatching, painting and culinary cruises by arrangement • Quayside pop up events including yoga suppers, jazz cafe, food demos and dining They are also available for commercial and private charter and events taking up to 12 passengers for day trips, 8 if staying on board overnight and up to 32 for quayside events. This year Dartmouth is also celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage by sailing to London and following her route and dates along the South coast to Plymouth If we lose a day or two to bad weather don’t worry there is always plenty to do onboard from basic seamanship and knot tying to an extensive library or take an excursion ashore. And of course, there’s always the food and drink to prepare and eat. All food is prepared and cooked freshly on board by the crew from locally sourced organic produce catering for most dietary needs (a couple of days notice required). Events are generally all inclusive but for pop-ups they normally run a cash bar. For full listings, further information and booking visit their website.

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 www.southdevonaonb.org.uk website for more detailed instructions. For more details about the rest of the walk and full guided instructions please visit the www.southdevonramblers.com website.

Walk to Dartington

A level trail from Totnes to The Cider Press Centre 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, and a tiltyard.
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