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.

Photos by Wendy                    Photos by Norma

2020-02–5 Templar Way from Stover – Led by Christine

Christine writes:-
On a fine, dry and bright day twelve of us met at Stover Country Park.
Wendy took the photos for today’s walk.

We walked beside the lake, seeing lots of ducks, some swans and the inevitable seagulls. It was good to see some Mandarin ducks.

We walked on the boardwalk to the bird feeders and some of us were lucky enough to see a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

There were several squirrels playing in the trees and on the ground. We continued walking along the path and stopped to look at the wooden sculptures of two Canadian Loggers and their horse.

The Loggers were stationed at Stover in 1916.
Our walk took us across a very wet and boggy field to the Teigngrace road. We walked along the road and then crossed over the disused railway line.
We continued along Stover Way and then joined the road leading us back to Stover Country Park.
We enjoyed the lunch at The Welcome Stranger, where as usual, we had excellent service.

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20.01.22 Brownstone NT to Froward Point – Led by Norma

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Norma writes:-

Twelve hardy walkers met today at the NT Brownstone car park. The low cloud/mist together with a coastal breeze resulted in it feeling very raw indeed. Such a contrast to the cloudless blue sky we had enjoyed the last couple of days!
As it was cold, we were keen to start walking to get warm…
The track down to the coast has a good firm surface as it was used to access the military buildings on the headland during wartime…Most of these flat-topped brick buildings are still intact.
We were soon level with the 80ft Daymark which was built in 1864 as a navigational aid. Today it was shrouded in mist and we agreed we would rerturn on a nice sunny day!
As the track drops downwards, more of the misty coastline came into view. ..
Perched right in the edge of Froward point is the Coast watch station. Manned by unpaid volunteers. ..(not Coast Guard – the nearest of those is at Falmouth !! ) They merely keep watch and advise…
The chaps there always welcome the company of visitors, share the telescopes and binoculars and their WC ! As it was warmer inside, we enjoyed spending quite a while learning about the equipment they use. Unfortunately, there were no seals on the islands today…
Walking back up the track, the weather worsened… We were all glad to get back to the cars. After negotiating a few tractors and trailers in the lane,
ten of us enjoyed a great value lunch at the Inn in the Quay…IN THE WARM !!

Photos were taken by Norma and Wendy. (click here to see all Norma’s photos) and  (click here to see all Wendy’s photos).


2020-01-09 Exeter Canal – Led by Chris & Malcolm

Chris writes:-
Following tradition Chris and Malcolm led a group of ten walkers on the first walk of the year around Exeter canal.
The weather was seasonably mild and dry, enabling walkers to sit outside and enjoy a welcome coffee break and a chat on Exeter Quay.
Lunch at the Tally Ho Inn was as always excellent and appreciated by all.

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The photos for this walk were taken by Helen & Wendy. The slideshow above show only a selection from those submitted.
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(Photos for the slideshow were selected by Tony & Jenni)


2019-12-11 Ipplepen – Led by Val & Neil

Val writes:-

Val and Neil led 14 walkers on the usual Christmas walk from the Wellington Inn, Ipplepen.  We squelched our way along through the fallen leaves and mud through the wooded area.  The main advantage of this walk was we didn’t get wet.  The downpour was before 10.00am and included hail! Again wellies seemed the most popular footwear – but were inclined to slip! On returning to the Wellington Inn we were joined by some of our “lunchers” – 23 sitting down for an enjoyable lunch in good company.

Photos were taken by Wendy and Norma

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Photos by Wendy above        and by Norma below

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2019-11-27 Chudleigh – Led by Marion

Val writes:-
On a drizzly, dismal day where wellies and brollies were the dress code, Marion led thirteen walkers on a circular 4.5 mile lane walk from the Phoenix pub, Chudleigh. Despite the weather spirits were high and the views across the fields and farmlands were good – plus the autumn colours of the leaves were spectacular. Returning to the pub to eat the sun eventually decided to shine. All in all a very enjoyable walk despite the weather.
Photos were taken by Wendy & Norma.

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2019-11-14 Teigngrace – Led by Irene

Photo by Norma

Val writes:- On a damp overcast day Irene led fifteen walkers (mostly in Wellies!) on a circular walk along lanes and across muddy fields – following the river which was running high; returning along the Stover Canal back to the pub for lunch.
The weather was kind to us and brightened along the way – the rain arriving after a superb lunch at the Sandygate Inn where we were well looked after and it was nice to welcome Anne who joined us for lunch.

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2019-10-30 Dawlish – Led by Christine

Christine writes:-
Fourteen of us, including new walker Ros, braved the rain and the wind to walk in Dawlish.
We met at Henty Avenue and walked along the main road to the town centre. We were unable to use brollies, as the wind blew them inside out!
We walked beside the stream and saw the five cygnets with their mother, father was swimming in the stream.
We crossed a bridge and walked to the Manor House gardens. We walked through the gardens and back over a bridge and continued walking beside the stream towards the sea front. We paused to watch three cygnets enter the stream, two plopped in!
Four of the group decided to go for coffee, they were going to join us for lunch, but unfortunately one of them felt unwell. Pleased to hear she is feeling better.
The rest of us walked to the sea front to look at the waves. It was very windy, so we were unable to walk along the sea wall. We continued along the main road towards Dawlish Warren.
At Henty Avenue we said goodbye to another four and continued to Mount Pleasant Inn, where we were joined by Ursula.  It was good to get out of the rain.  Lunch was a happy affair. The Inn were doing a special offer of Roast and Dessert for £9.74, so we all indulged!
The weather turned for the worse, Ursula kindly drove three to their cars at Henty Avenue and came back to take the rest of us back to Newton Abbot.
Hooray for Ursula.

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Photos above by Norma..(View originals)…………….Photos below by Helen (View originals)

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2019-10-16 Occombe/Scadson Woods – led by Chris

Chris writes:-
Twelve of us met at Occombe Farm on a nice sunny morning. Fortunately the predicted rain didn’t materialise and we had a dry and not too muddy walk. We walked through Occombe Woods and then through Scadson Woods and over the hill into Cockington Country Park.
We continued uphill through the orchard, still laden with apples, and then through the fields, keeping a wary eye on the cows. We continued through the Stantor Barton farmyard where we saw in the barn a newborn calf with its mother ahh!
We eventually arrived back at the car park and drove to Ye Old Smokey House where we enjoyed an excellent lunch.

Three superb sets of photos for this walk from Wendy and Norma – don’t miss any of them!

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Photos above by Wendy,  two sets of photos below by Norma

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