Distance: 5 miles
Start/End point: Totnes.
For the wetter conditions of winter, this walk uses surfaced paths and lanes between Totnes and Dartington. It features one of Devon's most historic towns, a rebuilt medieval hall, classic 20th Century architecture and a craft centre.
For enthusiastic long-distance walkers, the Dart Valley Trail is a waymarked route linking Totnes and Dartmouth. The walk described here gives the possibility of adding this middle part of the Dart Valley to the Dart Valley Trail.
Relevant maps/guides: Explorer (1:25,000) 31 Torquay and Dawlish; Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) 20 South Devon; Landranger (1:50,000) 202 Torbay & South Dartmoor
Facilities along route: Totnes (all facilities); Dartington Hall (pub); Shinners Bridge (refreshments, toilets).
Totnes may also be reached by steam train from Buckfastleigh. For timetable details contact South Devon Railway on 01364 642338.
Along the route there is one gentle climb, no stiles. The lanes and paths of the Dartington Hall Estate are private and are not rights of way, although access is allowed by the Estate. Also dogs are not permitted on part of this walk.
Map & Directions
Car parking available at Totnes.
Public Transport Directions
Regular services go to Totnes from Exeter, Torquay & Plymouth. Dartington is also served by a buses.