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The Surrounding Area

The district known as the South Hams is one of the most beautiful areas in Devon, and the thriving town of Totnes is the jewel in its crown. Positioned on a hill that slopes down to the River Dart, Totnes is surrounded by rich and inspiring countryside.

The river, one of several interesting waterways in the area, is home to a wide range of birds and animals. This diversity includes little egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, grey seals and the elusive otter.

Ideally situated between Dartmoor and the sea, Totnes is a perfect base from which to explore South Devon. Though located in the very rural South Hams, it is only a short distance from the more metropolitan attractions of Torbay, the county town of Exeter and the famous seaport of Plymouth.

Nearby Villages


A very attractive, unified village in grey stone, next to the Sharpham estate. Pleasant village pub and 15th-century church.

Berry Pomeroy

A small village full of well-kept cottages and gardens, part of the Duke of Somersetís estate. About a mile away, Berry Pomeroy Castle (English Heritage) is reputedly the most haunted castle in England, romantically situated in a wood on the edge of a cliff.


A large village deep in the country, with an interesting church and lively pubs.


Set amidst rolling hills on the way to Dittisham with the ruins of a Medieval nunnery.


A settlement just north of Totnes, probably best known for its association with the Dartington Hall.


A picturesque village with steep, narrow streets and atmospheric cottages winding high above the River Dart, and dropping down to the waterís edge. Once famous for its plums, now for its residents, including the Dimbleby family.

A classic Devon village with church and pub adjacent to each other, and with old and new houses denoting a varied and active population.


Positioned on the main road to Dartmouth and Kingsbridge, with an old inn by the church. Two ancient hill forts stand guard over it: Halwell Camp and Stanborough Camp.

On the same road as Halwell but a little nearer to Totnes. Once a mill village, it has a pub, a post office and a pleasant riverside area with seating.


Situated deep in a valley, with flowing streams and pretty cottages, and an enjoyable pub near the church.

Staverton station on the South Devon Railway has been used frequently for films and TV programmes. A short way along the road is the village, with riverside walks and a famous inn.

Stoke Gabriel
A large riverside village on the Dart, traditionally known for its salmon fishery and apple orchards. Spend time exploring the narrow streets and atmospheric pubs, and marvel at the huge yew tree in the churchyard. George Jackson Churchward, the steam locomotive designer, was born here.


Located on Bow Creek, the largest tributary of the Dart. This was once an important industrial village, with mills, busy quays and limekilns. Now a delightful waterside retreat, well-known for its two famous inns.

Map of The South West, Route to Totnes

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