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The local area

With three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a national park, a world heritage coast, over 125 miles of stunning coastline, acres of unspoilt countryside, two vibrant cities and an amazing mixture of coastal and rural towns and villages, South Devon has a variety of activities and landscapes to enjoy.


Valeport is based in Totnes, which is a historical market town at the head of the estuary of the River Dart in Devon. It has a variety of small independent retailers and unique shops with a focus on Fairtrade goods, handmade crafts and ethical products.

There are many historic buildings lining the streets as well as local museums and a Norman castle overlooking the town.

Valeport’s offices are located right along the river front and many of our staff enjoy walking beside the water on their lunch breaks. There are a number of short walks from the town to the river banks and surrounding countryside (see pictures below). In the summer the river is full of kayakers, paddleboards and ferries from Dartmouth.


Totnes has its own railway station, with trains that can reach London within 3 hours. There are also connecting trains to the North of the county from Exeter to Barnstaple. The M5 Motorway runs from Exeter and the Devon Expressway and North Devon Link Road provide excellent connections to the rest of the county.

The nearest airport is in Exeter, although Bristol is only one and a half hours away. Plymouth has a ferry port offering sailings to France and Spain.

Things to do

  • Exeter and Plymouth are both cities rich with history. There are a mix of independent shops cafes and bars. If you are in interested in music and the arts both cities provide venues for festivals and performances.
  • Dartmoor is a national park, famous for its high granite tors, ancient settlements and myths and legends. It is 386 square miles and provides options for many activities
  • There are nearly 150 miles of the national cycle network in Devon, passing through Totnes is the Dart Valley Cycleway. This follows the River Dart from Dartington to Dartmouth.
  • One of the main walking trails is The South West Coast Path, which runs through South Devon from Lyme Regis to Plymouth. It gives stunning views of the beaches and access to coves you can’t get to by road.
  • South Devon has some of the best beaches in England.  Plenty of these have awards for water and beach quality and allow access to many different water sports.
Find out more about living in Devon here