Ramble On! – New Info Board and Benches

Totnes Ramblers launch Franklin Trail information board in the centre of Totnes

Totnes Ramblers have launched the Franklin Trail information board they have installed on the Plains in Totnes, so local people and visitors to the town can find out more and look at a map of the trail.

The Franklin Trail is a circular walk around Totnes which came to life as part of a legacy bequest from a member of the Totnes Ramblers, Mr Edward Franklin. It is a 6 ¾ mile, waymarked, circular walk, starting on the Plains in the centre of Totnes, with several points of interest along the way including Totnes Riverside Station and Fishchowter’s Lane.

Members of Totnes Ramblers join Chairman Andrew Chadwick (third from left) to launch the Franklin Trail information board on the Plains, Totnes (photo credit, Alan Fuller)

Totnes Ramblers first launched the Trail in 2017 and this year made improvements including the information board, benches and additional fingerposts. The new features have been installed thanks to the efforts of committee members, including Chairman Andrew Chadwick, Footpath Officer Trevor Walker, Chris Leigh and Anna Lunk.

Two benches have been installed, the first is above the Follaton Oaks development and has views across to Haytor on Dartmoor. The second bench is on Fishchowter’s Lane and as well as good views over the town it provides a welcome rest as you walk up the hill.

To guide walkers around the Trail five new finger posts were installed on Fishchowter’s Lane, Copland Lane, Barrack Hill, Riverside near Brutus Bridge and near the Hydropower scheme on the River Dart.

Totnes Ramblers Chairman Andrew Chadwick said: “We are delighted to launch the new information board and encourage locals and visitors alike to come and look at it and try the Franklin Trail for themselves.”

More information about the Franklin Trail and a downloadable map can be found on the Totnes Ramblers website www.ramblers.org.uk/totnes. The website also includes details of the group’s walks programme. Totnes Ramblers welcome newcomers to join them for a walk in the beautiful countryside of South Devon.


N.B. The Ramblers helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects the places we all love to walk. It is the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces, leading walks, opening up new places to explore and encouraging everyone to get outside and discover how walking boosts your health and your happiness. More information about Totnes Ramblers can be found at www.ramblers.org.uk/Totnes

(This is a Press Release from The Ramblers)



30th September 2020 – Jill Groves – “Hi…I would like to contact Andrew Chadwick if he is still walking with your group. My name is Jill groves my email is jillnv03@yahoo.co.uk 07799583657. Pauline Drinkwater and myself with Andrew used to walk regularly with the South Devon ramblers and the Totnes group. Having met Pauline again today we would like to meet up with Andrew …thanks very much Jill”

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