The River Dart is a stunning waterway winding for 47 miles from the heart of Dartmoor to its magnificent estuary in Dartmouth. This gem of South Devon offers visitors an abundance of natural beauty, historic landmarks, and the chance to have fun.

Set halfway between moor and sea, you’ll find the thriving town of Totnes - the ideal destination for a couple of days or more at any time of the year. Read on to discover River Dart walks, how to get out on the water, where to enjoy the best local food, and to discover how the river has given Totnes a rich history to explore.

River Dart walks in Totnes

Amble by riverside meadows and salt marshes to enjoy beautiful views of wildlife and the countryside. The paths to Dartington and Longmarsh both start in the town and are accessible for all. You’ll have a choice of cafes back in Totnes to treat yourself to coffee and cake afterwards! 
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Discover the River Dart at Totnes

Getting out on the water

With fabulous wildlife to spot and stunning views, getting out on the water is a truly memorable experience. The River Dart in Totnes is a popular location for paddleboarding and kayaking. One of the best places to launch is at Longmarsh, Totnes. There’s a car park here and an easy-to-access slipway.  If you don’t have your own SUP or kayak, you’ll find a choice of local options to hire these.

Quaint Dartmouth is situated on the banks of the river and is easily accessible from Totnes for a day trip. Take the Stagecoach number 92 bus, which runs regularly and takes around 30 minutes.  Alternatively, enjoy the 45-minute boat trip along the beautiful River Dart when you catch the River Boat that leaves from Steamer Quay, Totnes.  Boat times vary depending on the tides and time of year, so check and book first. 

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Historic Totnes

Meander along the streets to admire Totnes’ historic buildings in the shadow of the town’s majestic Norman motte and bailey castle. At the free-to-visit Totnes Guildhall you can see the original cells where, until 1887, prisoners awaited trial and punishment. Totnes Museum is a treasure trove that’s not to be missed. The medieval Dartington Hall and Gardens is a pleasant walk from the town centre. 

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Discover the River Dart at Totnes

Food, drink, and shopping in Totnes

If you like to shop, you’ll love the treasures on offer in the independent stores lining Totnes’ thriving high street. There’s a strong emphasis on local and handmade goods, with everything from fashion to fudge ready to tempt you. On Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year, the market square buzzes with over 50 stalls selling an eclectic mix of vintage collectables, food, and crafts. On the second Tuesday of every month from April – November, you can meet the makers at the Indoor Artisan Market at the Civic Hall, above the Market Square.

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