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  • Day18

    Dartington music

    August 13 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Change over day today and so after a 6 hour car journey I have arrived at Dartington Estate for Dartington summer music school.
    I am looking forward to playing with some more awesome musicians and making beautiful music.
    I’m relaxing in the Japanese garden to chill after the drive and escape the 31° heat.
    “Blue skies, nothing but blue skies do I see”
    but my heart yellow and brimming over. The pigeons coo-ing, the jackdaws chuppjng (it’s hard to explain their sound), and the tooting from steam train. Life is good.
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  • Day18

    Rest Day #3

    May 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Have you ever wondered what happened to the hippies after the end of the psychedelic sixties? We have a partial answer ... a lot of them have retired in Totnes. Described as a historical town with a colourful personality, it certainly delivered on both fronts. We had a relaxing post-walk rest day slowly wandering around the town and eating scones (with clotted cream, of course).

    The town dates back to the 10th century and boasts a large number of attractive heritage listed buildings, including Totnes Castle. The castle is described as a excellent example of a classic Norman motte and bailey castle but the stone keep was rebuilt in the early 1300s so we weren't totally convinced that it was a Norman castle. Perhaps "14th century rebuild and refortification of an earlier castle on this site which itself was a rebuild of the original wooden palisade Norman castle on this site" didn't fit on the advertising brochure.

    The high street is lined with eclectic shops with lots of fairtrade sourced and handmade products, organic skincare and vintage clothing. And there were some rather eccentric locals out 'n' about with their yoga mats tucked under their arms. A very laid-back lifestyle can be found in Totnes.
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    Wargren Ventures

    Love that it’s painted yellow. 😊

    Wargren Ventures

    Who knew?

  • Day17

    Walking - Day 10

    May 20, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today's Route - Dartmouth to Totnes
    Distance - 14.8km by foot, 6.7km by taxi
    Beers Earned - 4.1 for the part we walked
    Weather - Variable and unpredictable

    It's our last UK walking day and we've chosen a trail that will take us away from the coast and up the valley of the Dart River. Yesterday's rain is history but the forecast is for more heading our way later this afternoon.

    After missing out on a ferry ride yesterday we've made up for it today with 2 crossings of the Dart River. The first was from Dartmouth to Kingswear on a vehicle ferry, where Ms OfficeBody scammed a half price fare from the fellow red-head collecting the money. The ferry was literally a floating pontoon which was pushed/ pulled across the river by a small tug boat.

    There were great views of Dartmouth as we followed the railway line along the opposite side of the river before we crossed the tracks and wandered into the woods ... and then the fields ... and then more woods ... and more fields ... before we arrived at Greenway, which was Agatha Christie's holiday home. The house and land is managed by the National Trust.

    Our second river crossing from Greenway was more in keeping with our previous experiences ... a man in a small boat charging an exorbitant fee for his services. This one was the first we've seen with a rate schedule for dogs as well as humans.

    We landed at Dittisham, an almost-too-quaint-to-be-real village, and decided to push on to Cornworthy for lunch at the pub before the weather closed in. The rural walk to Cornworthy on mostly country lanes was not good for the injured toe. Despite strapping, padding and painkillers it does not like hard surfaces at all.

    We, with grumpy toe, arrived at the pub for lunch to find there was no lunch available. New publicans have re-opened the pub only a couple of days ago but the cooking facilities were still being upgraded and the cupboard was bare. With the sore foot comfortably out of its boot and resting on a cushion, we snacked on rations from our backpacks and washed them down with a pint while we watched the clouds dump their contents outside.

    A quick look at the map confirmed the final few kilometres to Totnes were mostly on lanes and hard surfaces. A quick look at Ms OfficeBody's face confirmed she wasn't very impressed with the idea of squishing her foot back into its boot to subject it to an afternoon of extreme ouch-ness. A quick look outside the window of the pub confirmed there was more rain on the way. A quick look online provided the phone number of the local 'taxi' who would be able to pick us up as soon as he'd finished the school run.

    We were happy to wait and have another pint.
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  • Day64

    Sharpham Point

    June 25, 2021 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    With the tide rising we set off up stream to see how Fino performed in the rivers. A gentle cautious meander as only 1m of water under us as we went past Dittisham and onto Sharpen Point. A fab place to stop overnight but need to do shopping first!Read more

  • Day808


    August 9, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We spent four nights at Steamer Quay campsite, which is very near the heart of the town of Totnes. The site lies adjacent to the River Dart and the quayside where the boats leave to run down the estuary to Dartmouth. Owing to the tide patterns the steamers were not running during our stay so we confined ourselves to Totnes and its environs.
    Totnes reminded us a little of Nimbin behind Byron Bay in New South Wales although not quite as relaxed - a very british hippy town full of individual food outlets, coffee shops, gift and clothes shops. The old town castle remains in good condition and we took in an English Heritage tour which was most interesting - a Mott and Bailey dating back to 1068.
    We walked along the River Dart upstream to Dartington Hall - to the shopping village - closed on Mondays - and the Old Hall itself, all kept in immaculate condition. The river upstream of the town is kept full by a weir creating large bathing areas which were well used on three exceedingly hot days.
    On our last day we took to the countryside around the Town, following a 6.75mile trail through sun dappled country lanes and quiet C roads. The route took us past a few hippy camps with old caravans shoe -horned into the hedgerows. We narrowly missed a dog fight as we passed by one of them, the fury caused us concern but didn't seem to excite the dog owners unduly. We extended the walk through the village of Cott to take in the Dartington Hall shopping village on our return. We returned by the riverside walk past the archimedes screw power generation installation once again. Totnes is a great little town, and one we will happily revisit some time.
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Totnes, Tottaness, Тотнис, توتنس, Totenais, Тотнес

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