Group name: Totnes
This group is a part of Devon Area.
Our activities include:
Short and easy walks
We are a small, friendly and active group. All our walks take advantage of our fabulous position here in the South Hams with easy access to the countryside, the South West Coast Path and Dartmoor – see photos from some of our walks under the ‘Photo Album’ tab
Our extensive walks programme is designed to provide a choice between short (4-7 miles) and intermediate (8-10+ miles) walks. In ‘normal’ times we offer short walks every Wednesday and Sunday, an intermediate walk every Wednesday with an additional intermediate Sunday walk every month. This equates to over 13 walks a month to choose from and you can see the current programme under the ‘Walks Programme’ tab
At present we have Covid measures in place, which are detailed under the ‘New Walking guidelines’ tab. These include: a reduced programme; limiting numbers on each walk; booking places on walks in advance with the walk leader; and walk details only being placed on this website a few days prior to the walk.
We send our members a comprehensive newsletter covering past, present and future activities 2 or 3 times a year and complement this with regular updates by email. We have a popular and wide-ranging social programme, organised by and for members, including holidays, short breaks, day trips and group meals. This programme is shown under the ‘Social Events’ tab. The current list is mainly of cancelled events, but it gives some indication of what we hope to resume once Covid restrictions are lifted.
One of our aims is to keep local footpaths open and clear of obstructions/vegetation for the benefit of all users. We are also keen to improve and add to the footpath network locally, with a number of our group volunteering as part of the national ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ project which is trying to restore ‘lost’ paths all over the country. If you want to know more about this initiative then please contact our Footpath Officer (see ‘Contact us’ tab).
If you are looking for a new walking route, there are over 3000 independent routes on the Ramblers website or app. Anyone who is walking in more remote areas that are local to them, is asked to stay well within their limits, to avoid any need to call on mountain rescue or other emergency services.
As a group, we were fortunate to have been left a legacy by a former, long standing member, which is being used to set up and maintain local routes such as the Franklin Totnes Trail, the Dartmoor Way, stretches of the SW Coast Path, paths around the Dartington Estate and others (see the ‘Franklin Legacy’ and ‘Franklin Totnes Trail’ tabs for more details).
If you are thinking of joining us, please see the ‘membership’ types and associated benefits on https://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/join-the-ramblers.aspx You are more than welcome to join us on a few walks, get to know us and hopefully see that we offer friendly company, fun and rewarding days out walking. We look forward to seeing you!
Please note that unless stated otherwise in our programme, only Registered Assistance Dogs are permitted on our walks. If permitted all dog owners must follow the walking etiquette.
Totnes Walk & Talk offer shorter walks. For further details see their website www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/walk-talk-totnes