Many of us visiting Beesands are very happy staying close to the sea and all the wonderful things close to home but some of you may like us need to take trips to the station at Totnes to drop off various family members catching the train back to London,
The historic market town famous perhaps for having its own local currency.Launched in 2007 the Totnes pound is a way to support the local economy . The town also declared war on global capitalism when it said No to the application to a Costa coffee in the town ,it is immensely proud of its 42 independently run establishments which serve coffee.
This beautiful inland section of South Hams has lots to offer from Sharpham wine and cheese to Totnes Castle but we wanted to revisit the South Devon Railway with its wonderful memories of excited children jumping on board , the unmistakable rugged smell of the steam engine and the clackerty – clack as the train follows the river Dart towards the threatening moor behind Buckfastleigh.
As we embarked the 5542 Small Prairie steam locomotive to take the 7 mile former Great Western Railway branch line the history was evident . Built in 1872 it runs along the stunning river valley of the River Dart between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. You can also visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and the Otter and Buckfast Butterflies making this an action packed day. We choose to saunter round the very quiet market town famous for its impressive Abbey dating back to 1018 and to enjoy a lovely sandwich in one of the 3 country pubs .
On our way back we disembarked at the charming Staverton station to take the footpath down to the river for our first taste of wild swimming on a warm and sunny August day ! Perfect