18th March 2009. Ilsington

Following a few days of glorious sunshine this walk attracted a record number of 29 walkers. On the day there was low cloud so long range visibilty was not as good as it could have been for this 5 mile walk through the lush countryside on the eastern side of Dartmoor.

The walk, led by Tony & Jenni, started gently enough downhill from the village but we soon arrived at the bottom of Simms Hill, part of the route for the Exeter Trial held annually in January. This trial entails motorbikes and cars trying to get to the top of the hill. You can see photos of the Exeter Trial by clicking here and videos here.

After conquering this hill our walkers had little difficulty in tackling the remaining hills and apart from Graham & Ernie leading the middle section of the crocodile on an unplanned diversion and Tony getting bitten by a Dobermann Pinscher the rest of the walk passed without incident.

The walk ended with a most enjoyable lunch at The Carpenter’s Arms.

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8th February 2009. Teignmouth & Holcombe

Led by Graham and Jo, 18 walkers set off from Teignmouth and through the countryside around Holcombe, returning via the sea wall alongside the railway.

A drab misty day spoiled the opportunities for far reaching views and ensured that any photograph taken lacked the sparkle normally associated with this wonderful county of Devon.

A most enjoyable meal was taken in Teignmouth.

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20th January 2009. Paignton to Brixham

Heather & Tim led us on this bracing walk from Paignton, through Goodrington & Broadsands to Brixham, a walk of about 5 miles.
Perfect timing ensured we reached our lunch stop just as the rain started.

21 pensioners kitted out with anoraks, wooly hats, walking boots, hiking sticks etc, all flashing their bus passes ensured that the other passengers on the bus back to Paignton were well entertained.

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7th January 2009. Exeter Canal

Following England’s coldest night of the winter during which the temperature in Torquay reached minus 4 degs Centigrade, Chris and Malcolm led 14 hardy walkers from the Double Locks pub in subzero temperatures on what now seems to have become the traditional first walk of the year.

Leaving the canal we made our way down to Countess Weir where we crossed over the river and thence by various paths we arrived at Exeter Quay.
Some walkers took advantage of “Ernie’s” caff to warm up before returning along the canal to the starting point.

Along the way we observed the antics of the local youths (why weren’t they at school or working?) as they attempted to break the ice on the canal using large rocks labouriously removed from the canal bank

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