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What to do in Totnes

06 February 2017

Surrounded by picturesque woodlands, tranquil fields of green and scenic riverside walks, Totnes makes for the perfect weekend escape – and our guide shows you how best to enjoy it.

Totnes Devon High Street
The traditional streets are lined with independent boutiques selling quirky souvenirs and tasty homemade cakes.

Things to do in Totnes

Shop 'til you drop: This Devonshire town manages to combine the quaint charm of olde worlde England with a modern, bohemian vibe – expect fair trade, organic and ethical shops as the norm.

Wander the traditional streets, lined with independent boutiques selling quirky souvenirs and tasty homemade cakes, then head to the town's famous open air market (held every Friday and Saturday). In fact, those that can't resist a good market should time their visit to fall on the third Sunday of the month when Devon's largest Good Food Market rolls into town with more than 50 stalls packed with mouthwatering treats.

Get back to nature: Totnes is nestled in postcard-perfect English countryside, so why not get out and experience it? River cruises along the mighty River Dart run daily (from April-September inclusive), allowing visitors to soak up the scenery dotted with vineyards, woodland and chocolate box villages.

Those who prefer to get their blood pumping might appreciate the stunning majesty of Dartmoor National Park where guided walks focusing on subjects as diverse as birdlife and legends of the region take place. You can even hire electric bikes or head off for an independent ramble through the sumptuous moorland where wild ponies roam free. Alternatively, fans of the finer things in life might want to plan a visit to the Sharpham Vineyard and Dairy where quality wines and cheeses await.

Meet some rare breeds: Embrace your inner child and pay a visit to the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. Situated right near the equally charming steam railway, the farm is a family-owned attraction that aims to preserve endangered species of farm animals. From adorable owls to cheeky goats, there's something for everyone at this friendly place. The farm was also named in the top five family attractions in the Rough Guide Access for All Awards 2010.

Where to eat

Totnes makes an idyllic escape for the traveller that enjoys their food and drink, thanks to the host of creative eateries that have chosen to set up shop in this peaceful town.

Try the Curator Kitchen for exquisite Italian dishes, visit The Riverford Field Kitchen for organic farm feasts around large shared tables, and drop into Roly's Fudge for velvety soft sweets in a myriad of mouth-watering flavours. If you're stuck on what to drink then sample a pint of beer brewed by The Totnes Brewing Company. After all, when in Rome...


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