Totnes: 5 reasons to visit and 5 fun facts

Totnes: 5 reasons to visit and 5 fun facts

Totnes is a former Saxon settlement on the River Dart, known for its alternative New Age community. This delightful historic town and wealthy river port once exported Devon wool and tin. It has a bustling main street, 15th century church, historic buildings and even an Elizabethan market along its narrow streets. Set on a steep hill, Totnes Castle is an interesting local landmark; one of many historic attractions to enjoy during your visit to this unique community.

Here are our suggestions for 5 top reasons to visit Totnes.

Free day out at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Free day out at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Kids and adults cannot help but want to stroke the muzzles of the gentle residents at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. This extensive sanctuary is a great place to drop in for lunch, but no visit is complete without saying hello to some of the residents.

Read more about how the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary began and plan to visit this popular family-friendly Devon attraction which is completely free to visit.

Visit Looe Island and take a tour with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Visit Looe Island and take a tour with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Until 2004, Looe Island remained a mystery to both visitors and residents of Looe. Occupied for over 40 years by two elderly sisters, the private island was bequeathed to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and now offers boat trips and guided tours with a ranger.

The island has an interesting history and is now home to many seabirds, grey seals, wild flowers and butterflies. Enjoy walking, swimming, fishing or bird spotting as part of your interesting visit.

Meet Clovelly’s resident donkeys

Meet Clovelly’s resident donkeys

Once an essential part of life in Clovelly, donkeys were used to haul baskets of herring up the steep cobbled to streets. Nowadays they are occasionally used to carry luggage for visitors staying at the pubs.

Their main role today is to give rides to children, be petted and pose for photographs, but lucky visitors can enroll on a one-day Donkey Keeping Course. Here’s how…

Wine tasting and tours at Camel Valley Vineyard

Wine tasting and tours at Camel Valley Vineyard

Camel Valley Winery has won more awards and titles than most for its delicious white, red and sparkling wines. Take a tour of the vineyard and discover how to make wine on a commercial scale before enjoying a sample.

Easy to reach by bicycle from the Camel Trail, the vineyard terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the rural views with a glass of delicious local bubbly.