Amendments to Walking Program 12/10/2021

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.

VAL AND NEIL LIGHTFOOTCo-ordinators

2021-09-27 Goodrington – Led by Helen and Jo

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.

2021-09-01 Gappah – Led by Irene

Twelve walkers set off from the Sandygate Inn,  Kingsteignton, for a circular walk along country lanes that took us through Gappah. 

Along the way we passed lovely thatched cottages and farmland.  A reminder of how the local inhabitants lived and worked together in these villages many years ago.

Following the woodland path we once again picked up the country lanes and on through Babcombe, part of the Lord Clifford Estate, returning to the Sandygate Inn for lunch.

2021-08-18- Ivybridge- Led by Ursula

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!

2021-08-05 Hennock Reservoirs led by Val & Neil

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.

Photos below by Norma

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2021-07-07 Noss Marina to Kingswear. Led by Norma

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.

2021-07-21 Chudleigh led by Marion

On one of the hottest days 6 walkers set off for a circular country walk through lanes and woodlands. Most of the walk was through the woodlands which provided very welcome shade for the majority of the walk and followed the river flowing below us. An ideal walk on such a hot day. Our proposed pub lunch stop was closed but we were fortunate to get into the Sandygate Inn at Kingsteignton.

2020-03-04 Shaldon and Ringmore led by Christine

Christine writes:-

On a very wet, miserable day 17 brave walkers met in Shaldon for the walk around Shaldon and Ringmore.

We walked beside the river Teignbridge and crossed over the main road towards Ringmore. We walked along the Ringmore Road and stopped at St Nicholas church. We were able to go inside the church.  We continued our walk up the road and then crossed over the road and walked along Higher Ringmore Road.  We turned left into Brookvale Orchard and followed a footpath, running with water, until we reached the road. We continued walking up and then cut through a housing estate to the Torquay Road. We walked up the road to Homeyards Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately the weather was so diabolical we were unable to see the wonderful views from the gardens. We walked down Horse Lane, also running with water, and along the Strand back to The London Inn. We were all pleased to b3 able to peel off our wet clothes! 18 of us enjoyed the lunch there.  As we left the pub the sun came out!

Photos by Norma and Wendy

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2020-02-19 Bovey-Parke led by Christine

Christine writes:-
On a drizzly day nine walkers met at The Dolphin Hotel in Bovey Tracey. We walked along Station Road and turned into the park. The river Bovey was flowing quite fast.

  We walked through the park and had to cross over the road, as the path under the bridge was flooded. We continued along the old railway line, which was quite firm underfoot despite all the rain.
We walked to the end of the track and then walked down to the road, having stopped to view a toadstool recently carved from a tree stump. We walked under the bridge and turned right on the road towards Lustleigh. The road straight ahead, which leads to the back of Parke was flooded. The river Bovey was in full flow at the small bridge. As we walked up the road we saw the river cascading down and stopped to watch a branch waving in the water. We walked under another bridge to the start of the old railway track and walked back to Bovey. Once we reached Station Road four of us did a short walk into town before returning to the Dolphin Hotel.
We had an enjoyable lunch where we were joined by Tony, Jenni, Graham, Jo, David, Maureen and Ernie. It was great to see them all.

Photos were taken by Norma and Wendy, click the links below to see more.

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