13th Dec 2017 Xmas Walk – Orley Common

Once again our annual Christmas Walk & Lunch was held at the Wellington Inn, Ipplepen.
Jenni and I missed the walk this year and thus were unable to receive my award (see below) for maintaining this website. My thanks go to Norma et al for providing most of the photos this year.

Thanks for delivering it to me this morning Val, and thank you all walkers. It is a much appreciated gift which will get plenty of use.

Val writes:-
On a chilly, damp, drizzly day eight walkers set off from the Wellington Inn towards Orley Common led by Neil.
Despite the weather spirits were high and by the time we reached Orley Woods the weather improved.  Neil managed to navigate us through the woods – the paths quite boggy and slippery in places – this brought us to the edge of Orley Common before we took a circular route back up through the woods.
A visit was made to St.Andrews Parish Church – a very interesting Church with a very unusual tower.  The tower is lit up at night and can be seen from miles away.
Some of the group took a wander around the village which proved very interesting particularly as Anne, lived there many years ago and was able to point out where the old bakery and also the Plough Inn were located – both now residential properties.  Also the Old Coaching House was very interesting.
We then returned to the Wellington Inn to meet up with other members – 16 sitting down to lunch for our usual Christmas get-to-gether. The food was excellent and we were certainly well looked after by the staff at the Wellington.

Norma took some photos on the walk which you can view by clicking/tapping the picture below

Orley Common

29th November 2017 Staverton

With the temperature only just above freezing it was a lovely sunny day as Tony led 12 walkers on a lane walk from the Sea Trout at Staverton. On the 5 mile walk we had splendid views across the countryside towards Dartington and Dartmoor.
Norma took an excellent series of photos to remind us of this walk and you can see them by clicking on the picture below.


15th November Kingswear

This walk was led by Norma who writes:-
Today, 13 of us met at the CP near Noss Marina. The weather was again dry, with above average temperature for November.  We crossed through the woods to Bridge Rd. Then, along to the path down to WC (note: closed for winter) The Britannia Halt level crossing at the Higher Ferry closed to let an interesting old diesel train pass by.
Following the path between railway and River Dart we walked through Dart Haven Marina to Kingswear station.  As the tide was low, we were able to spend some fun time  pebble skimming at the slip beyond the RDYC.!
We then followed the path along the edge of Waterhead Creek and up the road to the start of Hoodown woods. This higher route back was even more attractive today with all the Autumn colours..firstly, looking down over Kingswear and then  stunnung views over the river to Dartmouth and Mill Creek beyond. As always, lots of activity on the river down below.
This is my favourite walk and brings back so many happy memories..
Photos for this walk were also taken by Mark and Kathy

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18th October Venford Reservoir and Bench Tor

This walk was led by Norma who writes:-

Eleven of us met at Venford reservoir car park in low cloud – 9 degrees. There was no wind so we knew there was no chance of seeing the sun….
All clad in suitable gear, we happily set off around the reservoir path…
Although we couldnt see across the water, the mist, the colour of the bracken, the lichen and the smell of wet vegetation was all very atmospheric…
Because of the mist, I decided to go eastwards directly up to Bench Tor (313 metres)and not via a route to see the leats.
Bench Tor tops a spur of land that juts out into the Dart Gorge with spectular views…but we couldn’t see them !  However, we could hear the river Dart in the gorge far down below us.!
We all agreed that we should return on a fine, sunny day.!
After walking back down to the dam and CP we drove down to Buckfast Abbey and we’re joined by K&M.  For some, it was their first visit so we looked inside the Abbey and at the gardens. After which, we enjoyed a good lunch and chat..
An excellent menu in an interesting setting…

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We were sorry to have missed this walk, as it is one of our favourites. I can’t resist including a link to the video I made after Graham led this same walk in August 2011

4th October 2017 Occombe

Once again,  Chris & Malcolm led us on this perennial walk, almost literally in their own back garden. This year there were only 8 walkers to enjoy the views, a far  cry form the 19 who set out on this walk for the first time back in October 2011.
For a full description of this latest walk I can do no better than refer you to the original 2011 walk description. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the photo of the lambs.

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Look behind you Chris…….. Click the picture above to see maps & photos by Tony

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20th September – Dawlish Warren – led by Christine

Christine led five walkers from Henty Avenue, Dawlish to Dawlish Station.
Christine writes:- We had a bracing walk along the sea wall to Dawlish Warren. We had to avoid several parties of schoolchildren who were doing surveys.
We walked round the Nature Reserve before heading to Mount Pleasant Inn for lunch, where we were joined by three others.
After a splendid lunch five of us continued the walk along Lady’s Mile enroute to the cars.
We were fortunate with the weather as rain held off until we were driving away.
Jane took the photos.

6th September – Stoke Gabriel – Led by Norma

Norma writes:-

Our walk today started at the Whiterock Beefeater CP.  To avoid the muddy fields, we walked via Long Road into Stoke Gabriel on tarmac. It was a gorgeous dry Autumn day – getting warmer each hour!  We had a proper coffee stop at the Mill Pond cafe and then started back…
After collecting free apples from the village orchard we circled back along the lane past Sandridge Farm enjoying the lovely Autumn countyside. Other members of the group joined us, making a total of eleven, for a good lunch and get together at the Beefeater.
Total walk distance: 6.7 miles.
Photos: several contributors