Dart Valley Cycleway Via Totnes – Ride 2

Totnes, the historic market town that’s full of fascination and interest, offers this wonderful leisure route which can be split into two distinct rides.This route forms part of the South Coast NCN2
Ride 2. Totnes to Ashprington via Sharpham Drive (5 miles/8km) Start: Totnes railway station/Borough Park or Ashprington village centre (the description below starts at Totnes railway station). This second route starts at the station car park, take a right turn at the river end of the station car park and bus turning circle alongside Borough Park with views of Totnes Norman castle to your right. You pass alongside a Health Centre car park, across the main road at the lights, past the supermarket entrance and the TIC in Coronation Road –this is all traffic free except for the last part into the area known as the Plains, by the historic Totnes Bridge over the Dart. The Plains is a lively bustling area with a good selection of shops close by and a park beside the river. With the river Dart on your left, as the Plains narrows and where the ‘All through Traffic’ road sign directs motor vehicles to turn right, continue straight on into New Walk and cycle on the road which runs parallel to the river until you reach the Steam Packet Inn on the banks of the River Dart. Here a sharp right turn leads you up a short stretch of Moat Hill until, on your left, you see the gates of the start of Sharpham Drive. Although moderately strenuous at times, from this recently resurfaced former Carriage Drive you will not only see great views of the river but also pass mature trees and woodlands and unfenced pasture. So, do not be surprised if you see flocks of sheep and a herd of friendly cattle along the way; being accustomed to cyclists and walkers they often wander across the path which is unfenced most of the way. There is a short sharp climb along a footpath towards the end that takes you into a wood and it is necessary to push your bicycle through the wood. A new cycle path through the wood is being developed by Devon County Council. The vews on this route are well worth the occasional ups and downs. The Vineyard is open to the public at Sharpham Manor and offers a fascinating insight into the Estate you have just cycled through. The Sharpham Estate produces quality wines and cheeses, available nationally. The return is back the way you came; you will find there is more downhill and the views are very different and just as rewarding.

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  1. Alyssa

    The flowers are so beautiful, it’s refreshing to the eyes.

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