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361km (224 miles) SW of London; 19km (12 miles) NW of Dartmouth

One of the oldest towns in the West Country, Totnes rests quietly in the past, seemingly content to let the Torquay area remain in the vanguard of the building boom. On the River Dart, upstream from Dartmouth, Totnes has several historic buildings, notably the ruins of a Norman castle, an ancient guildhall, and the 15th-century Church of St. Mary. In the Middle Ages, the town was encircled by walls; the North Gate serves as a reminder of that period.