Totnes is just under 15 miles from Kingsbridge. A pretty drive along the A381, which will take you through the villages of Halwell and Harbetonford.
There are various parking choices in Totnes, from on street parking up Fore Street that is limited to an hour or at the top of town you have both long and short stay in the Pavillion car parks for £2 for 2 hours.
For shopping addicts Totnes offers an excellent range of small independent retailers and unique shops, the town is famed for its promotion of ethical products, wholefoods and fair trade goods. In the Civil Hall Square you’ll find the weekly market which is held on Fridays and Saturdays. An Elizabethan market is held each Tuesday morning (May-September), where traders dress in Elizabethan period costumes. The award-winning Totnes Sunday Good Food Market is held on the third Sunday of the month providing you the chance to purchase and sample some of the very best in local South Devon produce.
As well as shopping and exploring, this historic town, dating from Saxon times, has a wealth of wonderful things to see and do. In 2018 the Daily Telegraph named it as one of Britain’s most eccentric towns. You can enjoy river trips on the Dart, discover one of the town’s museums, visit Totnes Castle, take a ride on a steam railway or visit one of the many art galleries.
If you love wine and cheese, then a visit to Sharpham Vineyard is the perfect day out – set on the banks of the River Dart, enjoy a tour of the winery and taste its award winning local produce. For the children, enjoy days out at Pennywell Farm or experience the South Devon Railway, which is near the Rare Breeds Farm and can take you to the Butterfly Farm & Otter sanctuary. For the more adventurous take a canoe trip up the River Dart or visit the High Ropes Experience.
The area around Totnes is stunning and there are a number of walks leading from the town from which to explore the river banks and surrounding countryside. To the North West of Totnes is Dartington, home to Dartington Hall Estate, with its historic house, listed gardens, barn cinema and shops.
In and around Totnes the focus is on locally produced organic food. Totnes has a colourful array of restaurants, cafe’s, pubs and wine bars which offer a wonderful range of both regional and internationally inspired cuisine with fresh produce at the heart of their menus.