Enjoy a virtual tour of Longmarsh Totnes a popular easy riverside walk or cycle for all, young or old and of course walking the furry friends along the historic waterway of the River Dart.
I hadn’t walked along here for years, so thought I was overdue a visit. Not much had changed though, other than a few new information signs. The walk around the back was flooded and needed some work, but it’s still a nice walk on a sunny day.
The area is named because it is fairly long and was once a saltmarsh, today it is a nature reserve. The causeway which encloses Longmarsh was built in the 1830’s to keep the channel deep for shipping.
- Longmarsh was used as a rifle range.
- The remains of the butts set up in 1860 can still be seen at the far end of the marsh.
- You may see all manner of bird life including kingfishers.
From 1860 until the end of World War II Longmarsh was used as a rifle range. The Totnes Rifle Volunteers practiced their shooting skills 1860 – 1908. Then the Territorial Army and regular allied troops during the war.
- The volunteer movement began in 1794 in response to the threat of an invasion by Napoleon.
- in 1990 1500 trees were planted by local school children.
It’s all flat and level all the way to the end if you stay riverside. There are a few benches spread out along the route and at the very end.
- For free parking you might be lucky around Pathfields or Meadow Brook.
- Easy disabled access.
- Toilets, are situated on Steamer Quay next to the Ice Cream shop.
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