Helen and Jo’s walk – Haldon Forest Park will now be on the 10th November 2021. The original date coincided with half term (possibly lots of children around!) and the parking fee increased. By moving the date the car parking will still be £4.00. The lunch is now moved to the 27th October 2021 and will be at The Sandygate Inn, Kingsteignton.
Well a glorious, very bright and sunny day for the 10 of us who set out on this coastal walk. Such a contrast to the wind and rain of the day before!
We set off from the harbour where the tide was in and the boats gently bobbing. From Roundham Head the views were crystal clear and we saw our first steam train winding it’s way back to Paignton.
At Goodrington beach the beach huts were looking jolly and colourful and some were being cleared out for the winter. Up we went onto the coastal path where we saw 2 more steam trains in all their glory. The cruisers out in the Bay looked majestic.
At Waterside we went over the road and around the main Clennon Lake where we saw a heron and swans and other water birds. We passed the Leisure Centre and on to lunch at the Inn on the Quay – good value and good grub!
Photos by Norma, contact her directly if you need high definition originals to print.
As many of you will remember, in pre-lockdown days I would send everyone an email to announce that a description and photographs of the latest walk had been posted on the website. I have not done that since Val restarted the walking group in August.
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Val writes:- On an overcast, chilly “Summer’s Day” thirteen walkers met in Ivybridge and set off for Longtimber Woods and the woodland path following the lovely River Erme – passing along the way the old sheep pound used by farmers to move their sheep from the moor in days gone by and the old reservoir converted to a swimming pool by the American Troops stationed locally. Close to the river is a boundary marker and a stone with a carved bowl used by the tinners panning the river for fragments of tin. It was then on to the Brunel Viaduct – ending the walk at the old Papermill.
Lunch stop was at Endsleigh Garden Centre – also a chance to browse!
Detailed below are some minor amendments to the above current Programme.
18TH AUGUST 2021 – IVYBRIDGE – Leader Ursula
We are still meeting at the Sportsmans Arms, Ivybridge at 10.00 a.m. At the present time they are not open for lunch. The lunch venue will now be Endsleigh Garden Centre – a good excuse for a browse around after lunch! Regarding toilet facilities and parking we will follow Ursula to the public toilets near the Leisure Centre and then onto where we can park the cars. Due to a fallen tree the walk will be diverted resulting in a slightly shorter walk.
15TH SEPTEMBER 2021 is cancelled This will now be LUPTON TO BRIXHAM – Leader Norma
13TH OCTOBER 2021
This will now be OCCOMBE/SCADSON WOODS – Leaders Chris and Malcolm
Thank you to Norma for agreeing to swop the walk with Chris and Malcolm.
Tony has now decided to continue with the website for us but in a slightly different format. Can Leaders please submit a short report on their walks to Tony. Also as capacity is now limited he is asking for just one photo relating to the walk and has suggested this is a group photo.
On a lovely sunny day six walkers drove from the Dolphin Inn at Bovey Tracey to the parking area for Trenchford Reservoir. The lane to and from the parking area was an adventure in itself. Luckily we were in a convoy of two.
We wended our way around both Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs – mostly under cover of the lovely woodland trees. The water was so clear you could see minnows darting around the weed. Also there were lots of Dragon Flies (or Damsel Flies) flying across the water.
We returned to the Dolphin where we were well looked after and the food excellent.
This was the first group walk after all the Covid lockdowns. Great to meet up again!
Seven of us met at the car park just up the road from Noss Marina. It was sunny and dry with a slight breeze – perfect for walking.
After going up through the woods to the road, we walked down to the Higher Ferry.
We then followed the path alongside the R. Dart and the the steam railway to Kingswear.
Unlike pre-covid times, we passed several other walkers enjoying their staycation. As always, there was lots to see – craft of every description, birds, wild flowers and of course, the train!
From Kingswear Station we walked beside Waterhead Creek, through the little park and up the road to the gate into Hoodown. The path gradually climbs through the woods until we find ourselves high above the estuary. The views across the river to Dartmouth, Britannia Naval College and surrounding hills are wonderful!
The now level path through the woods leads into Bridge Road and back towards our cars.
After the walk, 6 of us enjoyed a great value meal at the Whiterock Beefeater.