Totnes - something a little different
It is unconventional with organic, ethical and fair trade the norm. It is the home of the Transition Town movement and is proud to be a little different. It attracts people worldwide who are concerned with the environmental and sustainability.
There are many noteworthy buildings and monuments in the town, including their museum. They are watched over at the top of the town by the Norman motte and bailey castle which has commanding views of the Dart valley including to the river Dart.
There is a plethora of shops, markets, restaurants/cafés, pubs, an hotel, and lovely walks to enjoy by the river.
Not too far away from the town you’ll find the award-winning Riverford Field Kitchen, a must for all foodies. You can even take a walk around the farm before taking lunch in the restaurant!
Try the fantastic Totnes-Dartmouth River Cruise, the Round Robin
and the Steam Train from Paignton (bus to Paignton first).
Totnes - twinned with Narnia!
For decades famous as Devon's hippie haven, eco-conscious Totnes also became Britain's first 'transition town' in 2005, when it began trying to wean itself off a dependence on oil. Sustainability aside, Totnes boasts a tempting vineyard, a gracious Norman castle and a mass of fine Tudor buildings, and is the springboard for a range of adrenaline sports.
The town has a market you must try each Friday - and is home to a great historic and interesting motte and bailey castle. Another nearby castle, at Berry Pomeroy, is reputed to be one of Britain's most haunted.
The shops at Dartington offer top quality shopping (and food and crafts) whilst the Abbey at Buckfastleigh (which is Home to a Roman Catholic community of Benedictine Monks) is a living monastery that is open to visitors. You can pick up some Buckfast Tonic Wine or handmade gifts in the Monastic Produce shop. Something a little different - suits Totnes very well indeed!
Totnes Steamer Quay (postcode TQ9 5AL). There is plenty of all day parking here but the two car parks are owned by South Hams District Council, so charges apply. You will need coinage for for these car parks or you can telephone to make payment by card.
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