Place

We take our work pretty much anywhere – wherever we need to go.  But most of the time we are in and around Totnes on the River Dart in South Devon, where we are based.    Its a beautiful and historic part of England with loads to explore.

Totnes at the head of the Dart estuary with Dartmoor behind.

Totnes Fore St

Totnes is an historic town that evolved as the principal town in the region, strategically located on the River Dart.  Since 907AD it has served as a military post, bridging point, port, market town, agricultural hub and holiday destination and constantly a hub of innovation and ideas.  Today Totnes is a town renowned for innovation and a leading light in the localisation and sustainability movements.

Totnes is the world’s first Transition Town and the local area is rich in other businesses and projects that are innovating in dynamic ways.  This includes neighbours such as the famous Dartington experiment, Schumacher College and Riverford Organic Vegetables.

14. Totnes poundTotnes has more listed buildings per population than any other town in Britain and (probably) more PV solar panels per population as well.   This is a physical testament to a town and culture renowned for both its tradition and history, and its contemporary innovation and forward-thinking.

Totnes is 3-4 hours from London, about 2 hours from Bristol and 40 minutes from Exeter on the mainline rail network.

 

 

Sheila Dreisemtal with canoesThe River Dart is one of Britain’s most spectacular and a field tripper’s dream.  It tells an engaging story as it flows from Dartmoor National Park, through the rich farmland of South Devon and into a ten-mile, oak-lined estuary that forms part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  See more images of the River Dart here.

Dartmouth harbour

The mouth of the River Dart, 10 miles the other end of a beautiful, navigable estuary to Totnes.

We are therefore uniquely placed to make the most of all these qualities in our programmes. As well as being inspired by what is going on today, participants gain a deep sense of place and time, a revitalised connection with nature and long-lasting, happy memories.  International groups particularly gain a general knowledge of the UK and the Westcountry in particular, which gives greater meaning to the rest of their time in the UK.

 
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