Devon, Day 8: Totnes





Our other stop in Devon was the market town of Totnes.    My mother was interested in visiting because it’s a Transition Town.

It’s a really neat old town.    The main street (see the gate across it in the first picture) is a crazy one lane street up a steep hill.    Lorries were driving on it.    Those people were insane!

At the top of a hill is Totnes Castle, which was originally built in Norman times (in the fourth picture, the stone walls in the center of the courtyard are the footprint for that original tower).    It’s now run by English Heritage.     There are many stairs to get up it, but the views of the surrounds and the River Dart are worth it.

Devon, Day 8: Buckland Abbey

















For our next day out, we headed into Devon.    Our first stop was Buckland Abbey, which was originally a Cisterician abbey, founded in the 13th century, until the Dissolution.   In the 16th century, it was converted into a home, which came into the possession of Sir Frances Drake.     The house has a lot of interesting Drake artifacts.    The third floor is really cool – it’s set up to be like the deck of his ship (The Golden Hind) – I’m sure kids love it.

The other neat thing about the house is spotting the bits that were once part of the abbey – you come across the most random church features in very random places.

The grounds are beautiful.     The old Great Barn is enormous, and there are extensive gardens, both ornamental and productive.    It’s definitely a neat place to wander around.