Visit to Buckfastleigh Butterfly House and Otter Sanctuary

May 13, 2019 @ 11:15 am – 5:00 pm
Buckfastleigh Butterflies and Otters
Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ
c. £20
Susie Hewitt
01392 273895

Enjoy travelling on the South Devon Railway, a 7-mile former GWR branch line from Totnes to Buckfastleigh built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart. After lunch we shall visit the lovely Butterfly House, full of exotic butterflies and moths, and the Otter Sanctuary, home to three species of otter: the native British one, the playful Asian otter, and the large North American river otter. Feeding time is at 2 pm. Bring your camera!


The plan is to take the South Devon Steam Railway from Totnes to Buckfastleigh, and then visit the Otter/Butterfly park nearby. There is a combination ticket (SDR train and park) available to members of the general public for £21.20, but we should be able to benefit from a reduced rate for clubs and groups of ten or more.

(Suggested times have been revised. 30 March  2019)

Travel to Totnes by car or train.  Parking at Totnes should cost £6. The return train ticket will cost £7.30, or £4.80 with a railcard.

Train from Exeter St David’s: Great Western at  9.41 am, arriving Totnes at 10.14.

Then walk a quarter of a mile to the Totnes SDR station. Meet there at 10.45 am

SDR train departs Totnes at 11.15, arriving Buckfastleigh at 11.50 am.

Snack lunch at the Refreshment Rooms outside Buckfastleigh Station.

Then a 2-minute walk to the Butterfly and Otter Park.

The otters are fed at 2 pm.

Return SDR train departs Buckfastleigh at 4.25 pm, arriving Totnes at 5.00 pm

Return train to Exeter departs Totnes at 5.28 pm, arriving Exeter at 6.00 pm.

An alternative – if you do not wish to go on the SDR from Totnes to Buckfastleigh – is to meet up at Buckfastleigh. There is free parking near Buckfastleigh Station, if you come by car. There is also very good public transport. The X38 bus leaves Exeter Bus Station at 11.40, arriving at Buckfastleigh station at 12.30 pm. There are return buses at 3.45 pm and 5.25 pm.


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