7th December – Ipplepen

On a remarkably mild morning Ernie led 12 walkers on this now traditional annual walk from The Wellington at Ipplepen.  We passed through Torbryan and then completed the 3 1/2 mile walk back to the pub where we were joined by a further 6 members for an excellent lunch.

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23rd November – Staverton

After several days of wind and rain it was a relief to enjoy a pleasant walk on dry lanes.
Jenni and Tony led 10 walkers past Staverton Church and then alongside the River Dart to Staverton Station. We then completed a 5 mile circular walk, returning for lunch at the Sea Trout.

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9th November – Shaldon and Ringmoor

It was a cold and bright day with the threat of heavy rain showers when Graham led 17 walkers on this very interesting tour of almost 4 miles around Shaldon and Ringmoor showing places seldom visited by many of us.
First we went through the Smugglers Tunnel to Ness Cove, then visited Shaldon Botanical Gardens where Graham informed us of its history. We then moved on to Ringmore, visiting the local church before returning to The London Inn for lunch.


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26th October – Loddiswell

Jenni  and I led this walk with 9 others and as we had warned, it was  very muddy in places.
The walk was mainly along the track of the dismantled “Primrose Line” through the Avon Valley and was easy going despite the muddy parts.
After a walk of 4 miles we lunched at the Avon Mill Garden Centre where we were joined by Bob and Ernie.


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2016-10-12 Clennon Valley

A chilly morning saw Arthur lead nineteen walkers on a 5 1/2 mile walk from Paignton seafront around Clennon Valley seeing places that most of us had not seen before. Along the way a Volunteer who was dragging out ash stumps from the lakes attempted to recruit us to join him. Arriving back at the Palace Hotel we were elegantly served with excellent meals. A big thank you to Arthur for organising it


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28th September Occombe and Scadson Woods

Chris and Malcolm led 17 walkers on a 5 1/2 mile walk from Occombe Farm on a warm a sunny morning. The route took them through Occombe Valley woods then through Hollicombe Wood to Scadson Plantation then on to Cockington. Along the way, the walkers sampled apples and blackberries  before returning via Stantor Barton Farm to Occombe and then on to The Old Smokey for lunch.
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Click on this picture to see the photos Norma took on this walk

Click on this picture to see the photos Norma took on this walk

14th September -Exminster

The day after Britain had its hottest September day since 1911, it was pleasantly warm in Devon as Jane and Christine led 17 walkers on a six mile walk from The Swans Nest.
After crossing the railway bridge we headed across the marshes to the towpath of the Exeter Canal which we then followed via Turf Lock to Powderham Church before returning via the Nature Reserve to the Swans Nest for lunch.


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31st August Parke to Lustleigh

It was warm but cloudy, perfect conditions for a summer walk, as Anne and Shirley led 19 walkers from Parke.  We followed the River Bovey for just over a mile before I remembered to switch on the tracking app on my phone. At this point we joined the disused railway track for much of the journey into  Lustleigh where we made an ice cream stop before returning to Parke.
Our total mileage today was a little over 5 1/2 miles. We had lunch in the NT cafe at Parke.

17th August Berry Pomeroy

Jenni and I were not on this walk led by Graham.
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Graham reports that thirteen walkers completed a 5 mile circular walk around the Berry Pomeroy Estate from the Pig and Whistle and encountered lovely scenery and a tremendous gathering of young pheasants.
Norma and Mark were on hand to take photographs. Mark reports that when they were getting ready for a group photo a very kind lady stopped her car and asked if she could help by taking the photos.
Her lovely dog Peaches joined in for the photo, the most photogenic and best behaved member of the group.

3rd August Berry Head

Arthur reports the weather was dry and pleasant for walking, as he led 11 other walkers on a 4 mile walk along the coast, taking in Berry Head along the way.
Arthur also says they were “disappointed at not seeing any porpoises but nobody went close enough to the edge to have a really good look  We did manage to spot a few butterflies. ”
Lunch was taken at the Berry Head Hotel where they were joined by Dave & Maureen.

BerryHead

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Jenni and I were not on this walk. All photos were taken by Norma.