Walks Found Around Totnes Area

Walks Around Totnes

The listing below gives information on some of the named trails in the area, along with other popular walks. We believe there is something for everyone in the beautiful countryside around Totnes and in the region.

Franklin Totnes Trail

This 6 3/4 mile circular walk was created in 2016 by Totnes Ramblers, using funds from the Franklin Legacy. The walk starts from the Information Board on The Plains, diagonally opposite the Seven Stars Hotel. The start point is close to the Town Centre bus stops, car parks, toilets and eateries.

Green way-markers indicate the route, which includes Fishchowters Lane, passes the Old Toll House on the Western Bypass, Totnes Station, the Hydro Power Plant and runs alongside part of the River Dart.  There are several steep ascents, but these offer rewarding views over the town and towards Dartmoor. With these ascents in mind, unfortunately, the route is not suitable for pushchairs.

The full walk should take between 3 and 4 hours, but there are options to shorten it if required. You can download the Franklin Totnes Trail leaflet here FTT leaflet for web page v2.pdf and if you are a member of Ramblers you can download the GPX file here FFT GPX File

Totnes Measured Mile

This ‘out and back’ walk was created in 2021 by Totnes Ramblers, using funds from the Franklin Legacy.  The walk starts from the Information Board on The Plains, diagonally opposite the Seven Stars Hotel. The start point is close to the town centre bus stops, car parks, toilets and eateries.

Purple way-markers indicate the route, which crosses the Town Bridge and turns right to pass along the River Dart to the end of Longmarsh. The route is flat and suitable for pushchairs or people in wheelchairs. There are distance markers at ¼ ½ ¾ and 1 mile points, allowing users to decide how far they wish to go and to gradually build up their capabilities.

There is wildlife along the route, such as cormorants, seals which swim up river on the incoming tide from Dartmouth and Kingfishers in the marshy area behind the Measured Mile.  The river can be busy with paddle boarders, rowing boats and ferries from Dartmouth and Torbay. There are many benches along the way, a cafe and public toilets.

Walking all the way to the end of Longmarsh and back should take under an hour. You can download the Measured Mile leaflet here The Measured Mile leaflet.pdf

John Musgrave Heritage Trail

This 35 mile linear walk was created in 2006 by South Devon Ramblers, using funds from the John Musgrave Legacy. The walk starts from Maidencombe Beach and is split into 4 sections, passing via Kingskerswell, Cockington, Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, Ashprington, Cornworthy, Dittisham, Greenway to finish by Brixham Harbour.

Brown and yellow way-markers indicate the route and descriptions for each section can found at South Devon Ramblers : www.southdevonramblers.com/content.php?id=jmht_the_trail

The trail explores over 40 of the region’s finest heritage features and takes the walker past creeks and castles, along the coast and through rolling meadows and woodland on footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes. The route is easy to follow, suitable for walkers of all abilities and accessible by public transport. Information and interpretation boards along the route add to the enjoyment.

Dartmoor Way

This 108 mile circular walk was officially launched in 2020 by the Dartmoor Way CIC, which was set up by Ramblers and Dartmoor National Park to oversee the creation and development of both a cycling and a walking route around Dartmoor. Totnes Ramblers made a substantial contribution to this project and provided a representative on the governing committee.

Purple and white way-markers indicate the route, which starts in Ivybridge and is split into 10 sections, passing through Shipley Bridge, Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Moretonhampstead, Chagford, Okehampton, Lydford, Tavistock and Shaugh Bridge. There is also a 23 mile ‘high moor link’ across Dartmoor from Buckfastleigh via Hexworthy to Tavistock, which is split into 2 sections. The stretch from Ivybridge to Buckfastleigh is maintained by Totnes Ramblers.

Route descriptions, OS 1:50k maps with the route marked and GPX files for each of the sections can be found on the Dartmoor Way website at www.dartmoorway.co.uk/ww/index.php The website contains a wealth of information on places to stay, places to eat and transport options. Additionally, the route is now shown on the latest OS Outdoor Leisure map OL28 for Dartmoor. The Dartmoor Way also has regular posts covering news, events etc on its Facebookand Instagram pages.

The route travels along quiet footpaths, bridleways and little-used byways passing through many of the attractive towns and villages that nestle on the edge of Dartmoor. Every section includes a stretch alongside a river or stream and most include high points with wide ranging views across the moors, along the wooded valleys or in some cases even out to sea. It offers many possibilities for short walks, day walks and longer holiday breaks at any time of the year.

Devon Walks with GPS

This website at www.pinns.co.uk/devon/totnes.html#cnt4 gives maps and GPX information about walks from Totnes to: Ashprington, Dartington, Buckfastleigh, along with the Town Trail and some of the routes as listed above.

Visit Totnes

This website at www.visittotnes.co.uk gives information about current events and activities in and around Totnes, including: reference to a book of 8 walks around Totnes; the 9 mile Dart Valley Trail from Totnes to Dartmouth and other walks as listed above.