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May 15, 2018 — Totnes on the steam train

A fun trip on the South Devon Railway starting in Buckfastleigh


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Buckfastleigh South Devon Railway Station

Buckfastleigh South Devon Railway Station

Train day . . . We had decided to try the South Devon Railway today so set off for Buckfastleigh to start our journey. Blessedly it was M5 most of the way so it didn’t take long to get there. Lots of free parking at the cute little steam train station and we arrived in plenty of time for the first train. Got our tickets and boarded for the seven-mile ride to Totnes. You go along the river Dare, stopping once at Staverton and then continuing to Totnes. It’s a beautiful ride. Click here for the South Devon Railway web site

Buckfastleigh Station for the South Devon Railway

Buckfastleigh Station for the South Devon Railway

Leaving Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway

Leaving Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway

Nearing Totnes on the South Devon Railway

Nearing Totnes on the South Devon Railway

Totnes Station on the South Devon Railway

Totnes Station on the South Devon Railway

Totnes Station on the South Devon Railway

Totnes Station on the South Devon Railway

Fore Street in Totnes

Fore Street in Totnes


At Totnes we got off the train and walked into town to see what was there. We walked through town looking for both lunch and the castle and had no luck with either, but did discover the Church of Saint Mary so looked through it. We finally decided on a pizza place called Rumour because they listed a couple fish dinners on their menu. However, once inside the fish disappeared except for hake which we don’t particularly like so we decided on bruschetta for a light lunch and I phoned Frou Frou in Tiverton for an evening reservation. The bruschetta at Rumour, incidentally, was delicious and a great light lunch. Rumour Restaurant and Wine Bar, 30 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5RY; tel: +44 (0)1803 864682; Click here for the Rumour Restaurant web site

Advertising sign for a local charity in Totnes

Advertising sign for a local charity in Totnes

Church of St. Mary, Totnes

Church of St. Mary, Totnes

Church of St. Mary, Totnes

Church of St. Mary, Totnes

The Willis Organ and the Kempe Stained Glass Window in St. Mary's

The Willis Organ and the Kempe Stained Glass Window in St. Mary's

Church of St. Mary, Totnes

Church of St. Mary, Totnes

Elizabethan Market on Civic Square just off High Street, Totnes

Elizabethan Market on Civic Square just off High Street, Totnes

Rumours Restaurant in Totnes

Rumours Restaurant in Totnes

Totnes Castle

Totnes Castle

Back to the castle search . . . We tried following the town map but ended up on a corner trying to figure out where to go. A nice man walked out of his shop and asked if we were lost. Well, yes! We said we were trying to find the missing castle and he said, “Follow me. You won’t believe this.” He walked a few feet to the corner and pointed back where we’d been and there was the castle with flag flying. We hadn’t looked up. He said to go back down and take the third left and then told a group of four standing there to follow us. They did. Lo and behold, we followed directions and the castle magically appeared. How do you hide a castle? We watched a couple climbing a very steep path up to the shell of a castle and decided we’d take our photos from there and continue on to see what else was in Totnes. As we walked back downhill, we spotted the Totnes Elizabethan House Museum so entered. It’s an Elizabethan era house with various exhibits including life in Elizabethan times, a history of photography and a room devoted to Charles Babbit, father of the computer, who was from Totnes. Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, 70 Fore St., Totnes TQ9 5RU; tel: +44 (0)1803 863821; Click here for the Totnes Museum web site

Totnes Castle

Totnes Castle

Elizabethan Charity Market in Totnes

Elizabethan Charity Market in Totnes

East Gate Arch and clock works in the Totnes Museum

East Gate Arch and clock works in the Totnes Museum

Totnes Elizabethan House and Museum on Fore Street

Totnes Elizabethan House and Museum on Fore Street

Totnes Elizabethan House and Museum on Fore Street

Totnes Elizabethan House and Museum on Fore Street

Bridge over the river Dart walking back to<br />the South Devon Railway Station

Bridge over the river Dart walking back to
the South Devon Railway Station


We walked back down to the train station in time to catch the 3:00 return to Buckfastleigh . . . equally pretty going back. Stopped in the café for water and the very fun gift shop that has lots of train items. If you like model trains, you can get nearly anything you need here. Then we set our Google GPS for the multi-story parking in Tiverton and made it back without any one-lane roads.

*****

South Devon Railway Steam Engine

South Devon Railway Steam Engine

River Dart near the Buckfastleigh station of the South Devon Railway

River Dart near the Buckfastleigh station of the South Devon Railway

South Devon Railways Station in Buckfastleigh

South Devon Railways Station in Buckfastleigh

Street Signs in Tiverton, Devon, UK

Street Signs in Tiverton, Devon, UK


Parked in Tiverton and did our shopping at Marks & Spencer Food Hall, then toured Tiverton until Frou Frou opened . . . we thought. Internet was wrong and we had a half-hour wait so sat at one of their outdoor tables. When they opened, the waitress came out and got us. We got the same table we’d had Saturday. We ordered a kir and later our dinners. Ed got the sea bass and I got a “chump” of lamb . . . both delicious. Ed got lemon sorbet with limoncello and I got vanilla ice cream, two small biscuits and an espresso for dessert. We love Frou Frou!

Statue of Edward the Peacemaker in Tiverton

Statue of Edward the Peacemaker in Tiverton

Scene along the river Lowman in Tiverton, Devon, UK

Scene along the river Lowman in Tiverton, Devon, UK

An ancient alms house that is still in use as an alms house

An ancient alms house that is still in use as an alms house

Frou Frou Café Bistro in Tiverton - a favorite

Frou Frou Café Bistro in Tiverton - a favorite

Frou Frou Café Bistro in Tiverton - a favorite

Frou Frou Café Bistro in Tiverton - a favorite

I charged my phone during dinner so Google got us safely home. Very fun day.

Posted by Beausoleil 16:53 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged museums restaurants uk tiverton totnes steam-train buckfastleigh frou_frou

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I love these old steam trains, but I'm glad they are only in remote rural areas and no longer in cities. As a child I used to hate downtown Chicago because it was so dirty and sooty, and loud.

by Nemorino

That's funny, Don. I loved downtown Chicago because it was so dirty and sooty and loud. It was such a change from the small Ohio town where I lived. Dirty, sooty and loud are exciting to a small-town girl. Must admit I've changed . . . ;)

by Beausoleil

I love these old trains, and especially when the scenery is as pretty as this.

by ToonSarah

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