The amazing River Dart Raft Race, Sunday 13th October 2013 

Local people and visitors alike will be able to enjoy grandstand views of this year's 'River Dart Struggle' from the comfort of a steam train as hundreds of brave participants paddle and push their home-made rafts through expected torrents of water from Buckfastleigh to Totnes on Sunday 13th October.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Totnes as a fun way of raising funds for local charities, the annual River Dart Raft Race or 'River Dart Struggle' has been a popular local event for many years.  

And some of the best views of the racing rafts going down the River Dart can be had from the adjacent South Devon Railway. We have teamed up with the Rotary Club and are running trains the same day to offer a moving vista of the action and fun on the water, plus the chance to cheer on the soaked, intrepid rafters. Many supporters are expected to follow the teams' progress by train as the SDR offers some unrivalled close views of the river over our seven-mile route.

Train tickets are valid for all day travel. Four round trip services will be running on the day departing from Buckfastleigh at 10.45, 12.15, 2.15 and 3.45 and returning from Totnes at 11.30, 1.00, 3.00 with the final return train at 4.30. 

The Raft Race is always a fun event which raises money for good causes and a treat for many local people who come to enjoy watching the valiant entrants do battle with the River Dart.

Please note that, for the safety of everyone, it's very important that onlookers understand that they must not trespass on the railway lines during the event, and the SDR will be patrolling key stretches to ensure people follow the rules about staying off the track at all times.

Further information and news about the River Dart Struggle can be seen at the raft race website