14th December 2011 – Ashburton walk

 Led by Ernie

On a cold, showery day a hardy group of 17 Walkers led by Ernie set off from the Victoria Inn for the annual pre-Christmas country walk around the area.

After dodging the cars and the streams running across the road we arrived at the river crossing. After a group meeting chaired by Ernie it was decided to carry on across the river and through the woodlands.

Despite a very wet, boggy, leafy terrain having to be negotiated through short but heavy downfalls of rain and hail everyone arrived back safely at the Victoria Inn to be joined by nine other members of the group for a superb lunch.

(Description above was kindly penned by Val as I did not do the walk myself.)

30th November 2011 – Stover

Led by Graham

Not our usual Stover walk this time as Graham opened our eyes to yet another gem of the Devon countryside.
From the car park we crossed the busy main road into the golf course. Our 15 walkers then made our way for a distance of just over 5 1/2 miles along footpaths and lanes passing to Ingston Manor followed by a loop to South Knighton.
Along the way we coped with a few steep inclines and a lot of mud but were rewarded by far reaching views with Datmoor to the north and even a glimpse of Shaldon to the East.

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November 16th – Dawlish Warren

– Led by Dave & Maureen

Dave and Maureen led this walk on a cold damp day with rain forecast for the afternoon. We took the cliff-top path to Dawlish Warren, avoiding the customary seawall route as it was high tide with the risk of us getting washed off. We walked to the end of the Warren on the seaward side, returning via the inland side to an excellent lunch at the Mount Pleasant Inn. On the return leg to the cars we were greeted by the forecast and increasingly heavy rain and we were glad to have the wind behind us. An uneventful but enjoyable walk of about 5 miles.

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November 2nd – Cold East Cross and Buckland Beacon

 – Led by Ernie

It was a cold, misty day with the threat of rain when 17 walkers arrived on the Moor. Leaving Cold East Cross Ernie led us d to Buckland Beacon where we stopped to look at the famous Ten Commandments Stone(s). Retracing our footsteps for a short distance we then made our way down to the clapper bridge over the diminutive River Ashburn. Passing by the Rippon Tor we rejoined the River Ashburn to sample the delightful Autumn colours. Back at the cars we found the clouds had descended with visibility down to 25 yards and the rain just beginning. Lunch was taken at the Star Inn Liverton, one of our favourite Old Codger haunts.

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October 19th Occombe & Cockington

– led by Chris & Malcolm

Under a chilly clear blue sky 19 walkers, led by Chris and Malcolm, set off from Occombe Farm on a journey of discovery in our own back yards. Only a short distance from the car park and we were down into Occombe Valley amongst the trees and looking down the surprisingly steep slopes to the tiny stream below. Emerging at the bottom of the valley onto Preston Down we had glorious views over Paignton to Berry Head before heading down into Hollicombe Valley. After walking almost to Scadson Plantation we went over the hill to Warren Barn, then down into Cockington and past the church. Passing through the orchard (with some scrumping along the way) we went over the hill and down into Stantor Barton Farm where we saw some newly born lambs. We arrived back at the carpark to be met with a short sharp hailstorm before continuing to The Old Smokey for lunch.

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October 5th Bantham

 – led by Val & Neil

Just a few days after the hottest October day on record, 19 walkers gathered at Bantham under a cloudy sky and a light drizzle. However once we reached the sea we were rewarded by a clearing sky, a brisk but warm wind and the crashing sounds of the waves beating the shores of Bigbury Bay.

With Neil leading and Val keeping an eye on the back markers, we successfully negotiated the unstable cliffs, badger setts and cows before arriving back at The Sloop Inn for an excellent lunch.

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September 29th Galmpton

 – led by Terry & Jean

This walk was led by Terry and Jean. I was not on this walk myself and the photos shown here were taken by Terry.

Jean writes:- 19 walkers set off from The Manor Inn at Galmpton on a beautiful sunny day.  We headed down Kiln Road and passed the old lime kilns and along the beach at Galmpton Creek.  Then a steep climb up through woods to Greenway and the beautiful views up and down the River Dart.  We then carried on pass the Maypool Youth Hostel and back through fields and lanes to a lovely lunch at the Manor.

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You may also be interested in the video I made of the same walk (in the reverse direction) in 2008.

September 7th Marldon to Berry Pomeroy

 – led by Dave

After yesterday’s wet and windy day it was a relief to have a dry walk even if the sunshine was sparse. Leaving from Marldon 15 of us walked over the fields to Berry Pomeroy Castle where we paused for coffee and ice creams before returning by the same route.

Lunch was taken at the Old Smokey.

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August 24th Bolberry Down and Hope Cove

 – Led by Jenni & Tony

A bright sunny day but with rain forecast later. 13 walkers set off from the NT car park on Bolberry Down and walked to Bolt Tail, down into Hope Cove then back to the cars, a short walk of 3.7 miles through glorious scenery.
We moved on to the Royal Oak  at Malborough for lunch and had a really excellent 2 course meal. Roast beef with all the trimmings followed by a good dessert  at a very reasonable price.

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Aug 10th 2011 Venford Reservoir & Bench Tor

 – Led by Graham

A chill wind greeted 18 walkers on this very sunny morning on Dartmoor. Graham led us around Venford Reservoir and up onto Bench Tor where we had fine views across southern Dartmoor.

Though only a short walk this time, 3.8 miles ATD (according to Dennis) it was very much enjoyed by all and we had the spectacle of looking down from Bench Tor onto the river below 1,000 feet said Ernie, though later calculated at 1033 feet ATD.

After lunch at the Forest Inn some of us visited the tiny church in Huccaby.

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The music in the video below is called “Gabriel’s Oboe”, composed by Ennio Morricone for the film “The Mission”