Today’s stop in our tour of the English Riviera is Totness Castle.
I’ ve been quite slow with my posts about our Devon holiday, but I’ve been up to my neck in editing, apologies but don’t give up on me, I still have a few places I want to show you. Not least this wonderful motte and bailey castle in the heart of Totness.
A bustling little market town, Totness is a delight and you can see the castle from most places in the town. Totness has been an important town since the 12th century and is now known for its music, art, theatre and the creativity found on its streets. Walk up the main street and you eventually come to the castle entrance high on the hill.
Rounding the corner from the entrance, you are greeted by a magnificent flight of steps leading up to a towering keep. The original castle dates from the 13th century and the walls of this castle are remarkably well-preserved.
Once inside the keep there’s not much of it left but the walls stand strong and you can climb up and walk along the ramparts to see wonderful views of Totness and the River Dart and in the grounds below is an old tree with the most amazing bracket fungus growing below it. The tree has graffiti on it from prisoners of war.
I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves, suffice to say Beany had a wonderful time racing around the green, following the path of the old walls and feeling the wind in her face, on top on the ramparts. A place full of history to explore.
Totness Castle is a very rare example of its kind and has survived against the odds. It’s just a wonderful place to spend time just being
Totness town is definitely worth a visit too and has a variety of kookie little shops and a cafe that did the biggest Ploughman’s lunch that I have ever seen. For those who aren’t sure what a Ploughman’s Lunch is, these can vary from a hunk of bread and cheese with a stick of celery and a pickled onion, to a full-blown salad with a variety of coleslaws. As you can see from the pic, this was the latter.
Have you visited Totness or Totness Castle? I’d love to know what you thought. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by.