3rd October 2018 – Buckfast – Led by Norma

Buckfastleigh Station – Holy Trinity Church Ruin – Buckfast Abbey
A bumper collection of photos this time from Wendy, Norma, Helen and Mark

Photo by Wendy

Norma writes:-
Today, 15 of us met at South Devon Railway’s Buckfastleigh Station. The weather was fantastic! Glorious, warm sunshine – (not cloud as forcasted) so we were leaving layers of clothing in the car.
We thought we’d enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the station for half an hour – watching passengers start their steam train trip, visiting the museum etc. before starting our walk.
Everyone managed the 195 cobbled steps up from Station Road and then  along the dry, leafy path to the Holy Trinity Church. It is only when you arrive, that you realise it is a burnt out shell.  This beautiful and ancient building, now enhanced by the blue sky, was almost totally destroyed by a devasting fire caused by a senseless act of vandalism on the night of 21 July 1992.
We then proceeded across a nearby field and followed the path down to the road and along to Buckfast Abbey.
We were so lucky. The grounds and buildings all looked wonderful on such a beautiful day. We visited the Sensory, Herb, and Millenium gardens before going to the restaurant for lunch. Being able to eat outside in October was an added bonus !
We returned to the station by way of the road path rather than tackle the hill again!

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Some notes on the photos above:-
Mark adds:-  the Hornet, on my hand. A walker noticed it on the road. (Someone said ” we must kill it, they’re attacking our honeybees”.)
Asiatic hornets are decimating honeybee colonies alas. This an English hornet, don’t attack honeybee colonies. Handsome insects. Note rich brown thorax. Think a male hornet, or worker female.
Medicinal plants plaque in the herb and medicinal plants garden at Buckfast Abbey.Fascinating…Self Heal herb could be most useful…
Baker’s Pit.: Tony writes:- Did any of the walkers realise that this nice grassy field is actually the top of a filled in limestone quarry and that the strange construction in the middle is the entrance via  a vertical shaft 16 metres deep to the  cave known as Baker’s Pit.