December 12th – Christmas Walk, Ipplepen

DSC_0892 (Mobile)Led by Ernie

On this exclusive date twenty two walkers gathered at The Wellington Inn, Ipplepen
With the temperature at 4 degsC we set off on a short amble around Orley Common under blue skies and sunshine.

Though only a short walk of two miles, we enjoyed fine views over the Devon countryside to Dartmoor with Haytor clearly visible.

Back at the Wellington Inn we were joined by ten other members of the group for our traditional Christmas get together, a move from the usual location in Ashburton which we have now outgrown.

Joy was thanked by Ernie for fulfilling the role of Coordinater for the past five years and presented with a gift by Maureen G.   Bob has now taken over Joy’s  role as “Co-ord” and we all wish him well for the future.

Maureen G, our Treasurer, was thanked for keeping the group solvent.

The traditional “Stirring Prize” was abandoned for this year and instead Bob and Jane were presented with  “The Golden Scroll Wellie Prize” for 2012 for their Good Samaritan act in getting  Joy to A& E after her fall at Postbridge.

Ernie was thanked by Tony for once again organising this annual event and then we were entertained with further offerings from Ernie, Val,  Heather and Dennis.

With such a short walk and so much to chat about along the way I did not take many photographs but you can see the ones I took by clicking on this link.

Maureen K also took some photos including some to record the events inside the Wellington and you can see Maureen’s photos by clicking here.

November 28th – Babbacombe

On a cold but bright day following a week of heavy rain, winds, and flooding across the country, Jane and Bob led 22 walkers from Babbacombe Downs, across Walls Hill, along the Bishop’s Walk and on to Meadfoot.

Returningvia Ilsham Valley and Ansteys Cove we completed the walk with an excellent meal at The Babbacombe Inn.

View my photos by clicking here

November 14th – Bishopsteignton

Led by Graham
A wonderful day for walking, dry, windless and cool, saw 16 walkers set off alongside Teignmouth golf course for a walk along the “Postman’s Path”.
We were treated to autumn colours and extensive views across the Teign estuary. Underfoot it was generally dry except for one ploughed field which was totally waterlogged.
Returning to the marvelously named  ”The Bishop John de Grandisson Inn” we enjoyed an excellent meal (and the Jail Ale was pretty good as well)
You can view a slideshow of the photos I took by clicking on this link.

October 31st – Bantham

Val & Neil led this walk. Val writes … Eleven walkers commenced the walk in overcast but windy conditions just after 10.00am and had an enjoyable walk to Thurlestone Golf Club, at which point Val stopped and asked if everybody wanted to continue as it was getting very windy. It was agreed we would soldier on.
The wind got stronger as we skirted the golf course and then the rain started. We took shelter in the metal hut for a while but there was no let up so we decided to continue. We decided not to cross the beach and go around the Ham because we were feeling like drowned rats at this stage and returned to The Sloop earlier than planned, just after 12.00 Noon for an enjoyable lunch.Special thanks to Maureen for taking photos(click here to see them) in extreme weather conditions – possibly an underwater camera was required on this walk.

Bob took a few photos before his battery ran out and commented – “A unanimous decision to short cut back to the pub saw 11 drowned rats arrive for an early lunch when spirits were regained by Val with dubious Halloween jokes. It was also subject to debate whether those on this walk or those on Joys walk to Grimspound in Nov 2010 suffered the worst conditions.”

October 17th – Westerland Valley

Dave and Maureen led 19 walkers into the shelter of the Westerland valley on what turned out to be one of the windiest days of the year. Winding our way through the narrow and sometimes waterlogged lanes, we covered a total of 4 miles before returning to The Old Smokey for lunch. I did not take many photos on this walk, partly due to the high hedges hiding the wider views but mostly because I was too busy chatting with the other walkers. You can see my photos by clicking on this link

October 3rd – Galmpton and Greenway

Terry and Jean organised this walk but were unable to lead it today. Bob and Jane took over and led seventeen walkers from the Manor Inn at Galmpton on a circular walk of about 4 miles miles taking in the River Dart and Greenway. The official forecast for rain this morning was wrong again and we managed to have a dry walk, though it was frequently muddy underfoot.

Without any sunshine the views were not as photogenic as they could have been but very enjoyable anyway. You can see the photos Maureen took by clicking here and you can see my photos by clicking here.
We did the same walk, though in the opposite direction, back in April 2008.

September 7th – Bridford

Led by Graham

Clickon this link to open a slideshow of the photos I took on this walk Graham managed to arrange another glorious summer’s day for today’s walk.

22 walkers found their way to the Bridford Inn, a small village pub which also houses the “Village Store”.
We enjoyed a 4 mile walk over country paths taking in Kennick Reservoir before returning to the pub for lunch. Jaki conspired with the Landlord to produce an impromptu birthday “cake” for her mother consisting of profiteroles topped off with candles from the “Village Shop”. The “cake” was enjoyed by all the walkers. Click here to see Maureen’s photos and click here to see Jaki’s photos

August 22nd Stokeinteignhead

Led by Shirley and Ann

Click on this link to open a slideshow of the photos I took on this walk In a year plagued with bad weather, Shirley and Ann managed to make their first walk as leaders in glorious sunshine.
Starting from the Church House Inn in Stokeinteignhead we climbed out of the valley towards Ringwood enjoying fine views across Teignmouth to Exmouth and up the River Teign towards Dartmoor.
Returning to Stokeinteignhead Shirley showed us the house in which she was born and brought up. Click here to read about the last time we walked from Stokinteignhead, in 2009

August 8th – Otterton

Led by Maureen & Dave

Click on this link to open a slideshow of Maureen’s photos in a new tab/window. Jenni and I missed this walk, but Maureen K was there with her camera to record the walk.
Maureen writes:- Great walk, lovely views, brilliant company (so good that Jo & Dennis joined us for lunch). I am so pleased I achieved it. My longest toughest walk since before my Denis was ill. A big thank you to Maureen & David