See and Do Category: Sustainable Totnes

The Sharpham Trust

An internationally-renowned centre for mindfulness sits on the edge of Totnes, on the beautiful Sharpham Estate. There are several retreat venues on the Estate, where participants stay and learn mindful meditation techniques amid breathtaking natural scenery. Grade I-listed Sharpham House is a Palladian villa high on the banks of the River Dart, at the centre of the Estate, and it hosts retreats all-year-round. Visitors can also stay in Sharpham’s Woodland Campsite, meditating close to nature, or within our Coach House nature-retreat venue, or at the acclaimed Barn Retreat Centre, or even on solo retreat in our off-grid Kuti.  Sharpham’s retreats have featured in national and international media. The whole Estate is certified organic, run using sustainable and organic practices and is within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is home to rich flora and fauna – including the endangered Cirl Bunting - and parts of the land are being rewilded. The Estate is also home to the award-winning Sharpham Cheese and the beautiful hideaway holiday let, The Bathing House. Sharpham House is only open to the public on certain days (see our events listing here). You can walk or ride to Sharpham from Totnes, taking the National Cycle Route 28 towards Ashprington. The Sharpham Trust, a registered charity administering the Estate, also operates Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground. You can get married in Sharpham House too, as various rooms and spaces are licensed for weddings. The Sharpham Trust is LGBTQ+ friendly. The Trust also runs a riverside campsite at Point Field which is best accessed via canoe. If you’re interested in volunteering weekly on the Sharpham Estate, read more here or email volunteer@sharphamtrust.org We have been awarded the Visit England Good to Go Industry Standard Certificate.   Google map for The Sharpham Trust: https://goo.gl/maps/qdAee8PQEFo     Google map for Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground: https://goo.gl/maps/SNCpumtuHjr

Dynamic Adventures CIC

Choose from a range of activities from 1-hour mini adventures to a weekend packed with activities. 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. Choose your next adventure
Adventures for all (multiple dates):
Would you like to zip line through the forest or hit a bull’s eye with a bow and arrow - perhaps spend a day paddling on The beautiful River Dart?
Family Swoosh 26 August 2022:
Swim, paddle, float from Aveton Gifford to Bigbury-on-Sea - exploring 5km of tranquil Devon coastal estuaries.
Lone Wolf 8 October 2022: 
Returning for a third year, with an awesome new 7km route: ideal for beginners and elite ultra runners alike. It's an off-road running event, based on the Dartington Estate.

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.

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 Cider Press 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 Cider Press.

An audio guide to the path is available here The audio-guide has been arranged as a playlist, following 10 numbered benches along the route.

Arcturus Books

Helping to inspire locals and visitors to the area alike for over 30 years with its specialist collection of books on Spirituality, Psychology, Philosophy, Ecology & more.

Bob the Bus

Bright yellow BOB buses are as familiar to Totnes as the East Gate Arch and here’s a few tips on using them to get around the town: BOB is ‘Hail and Ride’ which means you can flag one down anywhere it is safe to do so. In the main street this means anywhere so why not give it a try. There’s a BOB going up the main street every 15 minutes for most of the day and the best place to catch BOB is in the main high street. The ‘Round Town’ adult fare is only 50p or free for bus pass holders BOB is for everyone - any age, local or visitor - for a ride up the hill or to one of the neighbouring villages (on certain days) BOB has accessible ramp access therefore shopping trolleys, luggage, wheelchairs, buggies and even class 2 mobility scooters are welcome on board. Three out of four services every hour go to the Totnes Railway Station. Pick up a timetable from any BOB bus, at the Visit Totnes Information Centre from 6th April, at Totnes Library or the Seven Stars Hotel.  

Park and Ride

From 15-24 August 2022, Bob the Bus will be operating a Park and Ride Service between KEVICC upper school main car park and the town centre. Car parking is free, a single adult fare is 50p and a single child fare is 30p. Buses run weekdays between 9.55am-4.08pm. There is also a special service running to Dartington for The Globe performance of Julius Caesar on 23 and 24 August evenings.  Click here for a timetable.

Boyce’s Way

Boyce's Way stocks a variety of biologically appropriate raw food (“BARF”) complete meals.

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.

Greenfibres

Greenfibres has been selling beautiful and ethical eco goods and garments since 1996. We specialise in offering customers organic and natural clothing and bedding, which protects the farmers, our environment, and the health and wellbeing of you and your family. Current opening times: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am to 4pm.

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 here for the Dart Valley Trail walk - Totnes to Dittisham forms part of this longer walk.
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