Tuckenhay Area Guide


The hamlet of Tuckenhay is nestled on the South bank of Bow Creek, an estuary of the Harbourne River, which flows into the River Dart. Located just three miles South of Totnes, and within close proximity to Dartmouth also, it is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a secluded riverside bolthole that provides easy access to both these towns and the wonderful countryside of the South Hams.

Boasting a rich industrial past with a history in papermaking, the scene nowadays is somewhat different – rolling countryside leads down to chocolate box properties that line the water’s edge, some with private moorings and most with panoramic river views. The river itself acts as a thriving wildlife corridor, and is regularly frequented by kingfishers and herons, otters and of course the local seal! Albeit tide dependant, it also enjoys a steady flow of traffic consisting of yachts, canoes, paddleboarders, plus the occasional wild swimmer – many of whom plan a stop off at The Maltsters Arms which particularly in Summer is a very busy and popular spot.

Further upstream by Bow Bridge is the The Waterman’s Arms which whilst not navigable by river is a stunning spot and many walks can start from here. The main walking routes boast a cross section of river and countryside views, and if you’re really keen for a challenge, navigate The Dart Valley Trail towards Dartmouth. A strenuous but rewarding walk, but well worth the effort, and it can easily be undertaken in smaller sections, such as the Sharpham to Totnes stretch or as one longer walk all the way from Dartmouth to Greenway.