December 9th – Xmas walk – Ipplepen

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​Once again Ernie based his Christmas walk on The Wellington Inn at Ipplepen.

This year the route abandoned the previously favoured Orley Common as being dangerously muddy following the recent heavy rainfalls. Instead we took a 3 1/2 mile walk through Torbryan, past The Old Rectory and on to Wrenwell Cross where we turned right and followed the lanes to return to Ipplepen.

It was a bright sunny day, the temperature was about 12 degrees with no wind, perfect walking weather.

Back at The Wellington Inn we were joined by several members who for various reasons missed the actual walk.

After a really excellent meal, Ernie gave his traditional Xmas speech assisted by Bob and Tim.

Barbie gave us a potted history of the origins of the walking group, relating its early beginnings 18/20 years ago and how the effects of the Foot and Mouth crisis threatened to close the group.

Maureen K took the photos inside the Wellington Inn.

November 25th – Bovey Tracey

On a bright but showery morning following the recent cold spell, Jane led fourteen walkers around the Parke Estate.

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Click on this picture to open a slideshow of the photos I took on the walk

Starting from The Dolphin Inn in Bovey Tracey Jane took us up the riverside path to the National Trust offices at Parke. From there we climbed upwards to enjoy fine views over the Bovey Basin, pausing in the bright sunshine to take the customary Group photo.
We continued along the top of the ridge before eventually dropping down to the old railway track which we then followed back to Bovey Tracey, enjoying the glorious autumn colours along the way. Back at the Dolphin Hotel we were joined by Bob, Malcolm and Ernie for an enjoyable meal.

November 11 th Marldon

This walk, a replacement for the advertised Exminster walk, was led by Maureen and Dave.

Bob (of Val & Bob) was on hand with his iPhone to take this photo of the 11 walkers who attended.

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A  superb lunch was enjoyed at The Smokey

October 28th – Yarner Wood

It was a beautiful mild sunny autumn morning when Graham took 9 walkers on a tour of the Yarner Wood Nature Reserve.

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Click on the photo to see a slideshow of the photos I took on this walk

The trees were in their full autumn colours as we followed the paths, stopping at bird hides, nesting boxes and then on to the track of the Haytor Granite Tramway with some truly outstanding sections of tramway to be seen. After the walk we took lunch at The Dolphin Hotel in Bovey Tracy.

October 10th – Coleton Fishacre

The recent run of fine weather continued as nine walkers, led by Arthur, enjoyed a wonderful walk from Coleton Fishacre.

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From Brownstone car park we first visited the Daymark where a stiff north easterly wind reminded us that we are now well into October.

However once we were off the summit and down the southerly slopes toward the sea we soon warmed up again and had nonstop sunshine for the rest of the walk.

We passed the beach entrance to Coleton Fishacre, where we looked out for a sighting of the peregrine falcons, then continued along the coast path in the direction of Scabbacombe before turning inland back to the cars.

We had lunch in the NT café of Coleton Fishacre.

30th September – Dr Blackall’s Drive

Seven walkers, led by Graham, set out on this 4 mile walk from Bel Tor Corner along Br Blackall’s Drive, visiting Mel Tor along the way. There was a chilly breeze to start the walk but it was very pleasant to be out in the autumn sunshine under blue skies. As the morning warmed we watched the house martins darting around catching insects, no doubt stocking up on energy before their long migration south.

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16th September Babbacombe

Jenni & I were not on this walk which was led by Jane.

Jane wrote these notes

We left the Babbacombe Inn in a bit of sunshine but the wind was strong so the views of the sea from the coastal paths were just lovely.  We went over Walls Hill and on to the Bishops Walk to bring us out with great views of Thatchers Rock then on down to the end of Ilsham Valley Road to go up the valley , on to Anstys playing field and back past the Palace Hotel , once more onto Walls hill and back to the Inn.

14 of us had a very pleasant lunch and a great chat as the rain poured down out side.  How lucky we were to have almost all of the walk with out rain at all.

Sorry no photos, Jane.

September 2nd – Maidencombe

It was a beautifully warm sunny day when Tony led two other walkers (Val & Graham) on a 3 mile stroll from Maidencombe.

Jenni joined us for lunch at the Church House Inn at Stokeinteignhead.

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Click this picture to see a slideshow of the photos I took (on my phone for this walk)

August 19th Stokeinteignhead

Shirley and Ann met 11 other walkers at the Church House Inn in Stokeinteignhead in the pouring rain, which was forecast to continue for the rest of the day.

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There is no such thing as bad weather as long as you are appropriately dressed.

After some discussion as to whether to call the walk off, our plucky leaders managed to get the pub opened up and coffee served while we pondered the options further. Half an hour later we ventured out into the rain and managed a very successful walk through the lanes to Labrador Bay and back.

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Returning to the pub we enjoyed what was probably the best choice and quality of meals we have had in any pub this year.

You may like to see this walk which Shirley & Ann led in 2012 or this one led by Graham in 2009 which also includes a video made on a much sunnier day.

August 5th Brixham

It seems the weather held up nicely for Arthur’s “Stroll into Brixham”.
A big “thank you” to Anne who was on hand to take the photos.

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Click on the photo to see more from Anne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately Jenni and I weren’t able to attend this walk due to performing grandparental duties at Cockington Fayre.