The River Shack can be place to pop in to for a quick coffee or bite to eat, but for
some, it is a place to spend the whole day...
There is fantastic crabbing just off the quay outside the cafe, and we sell all
of the equipment and crabbing bait you may need!
There are plenty of options for messing about on the water at The Shack. Bring
your own paddle board, hire a kayak on arrival from Totnes Kayaks during the
summer months, or join one of the canoeing tours through 'Canoe Adventures' and
canoe to us from Totnes. For those of you who have your own sails, you can moor up at the Stoke Gabriel deep water pontoon at any time.
And for the hardier ones, simply bring your swimming gear and enjoy a bracing dip in the estuary!
There are some beautiful walks in and around the village of Stoke Gabriel, and
dogs are very welcome inside the café. At low tide you can walk along the shoreline
to Duncannon beach, or cross over to the woods and walk out to look towards
Dittisham. You can also reach us by foot from Totnes along Fleet Mill Lane in
Bridgetown. For any advice on walks just give us a call or ask when you visit
If you are after a more leisurely day out, then you can wander up to the lovely village centre of Stoke Gabriel. Here you will find the infamous Stoke Gabriel Stores, which stocks lovely locally sourced produce. Next door is the wonderful River Dart Gallery which sells beautiful photographs taken of the local area as well as other lovely gifts options. Opposite are two local pubs, and further along is the beautiful Stoke Gabriel church with waterside views and Britain’s oldest yew tree (legend has it that if you walk backwards 7 times around the tree your wish will be granted!) Turn right out of the church and meander through the ancient orchard brimming with blossom in the spring, and apples in the Autumn. From here you can return to the shoreline and stroll back to The River Shack.