22nd August 2018 – Stokeinteignhead – Led by Shirley and Anne

Seven walkers met at the Church House Inn at Stokeinteignhead on a warm humid day.
We pre ordered our lunches & used the loos, before setting off on our walk of approximately 4 miles.We passed a number of very pretty cottages in the village some which held lovely memories for Shirley as she was born & brought up here.
We walked along the lanes and saw many horses & cows in the fields. Pam’s grand daughter who was with us today found a horse shoe which she was pleased with as she loves horses .
We arrived back at the pub where we were joined by Malcolm & Chris & David & Maureen.
We all enjoyed a very nice meal.

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8th August – Chudleigh – Led by Marion, Ursula & Rene

Marion, Ursula & Rene led the walk, Anne supplied the words, and Norma the photos.
A splendid team effort!
Anne writes:-

We walked along some pretty country lanes and then up through the woods  with the river Teign running alongside.There were some lovely views of the surrounding countryside and the moors in the distance .There were more lanes before we arrived back in the town,where we went for lunch at the Phoenix.

A beautiful walk of about 4 and a half miles.

Norma’s photos below.

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25th July Dawlish Warren – Led by Christine

Christine writes:-

Six of us walked to Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.  We parked at Henty Avenue and crossed the main road to go through the alley leading to the bridge over the railway. We walked along the sea wall towards Dawlish going as far as Coryton Cove. We stopped to watch the reflections in the water and holidaymakers enjoying the beach.
We turned around walking back through the park, which goes behind the railway station, then walked back down to the sea wall and headed towards Dawlish Warren. It was overcast when we started the walk and then the sun broke through and the temperature rose!
We walked to Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. We walked round the reserve finding shade where we could!
We enjoyed our lunch at Mount Pleasant Inn. Lovely views across the bay.  We returned to our cars via Lady’s Mile.
Wendy took the photos and you can see these below.

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11th July 2018 – Venford – Led by Norma

Norma writes:-

After negotiating the maze of very green lanes, it was good to see a turnout of fifteen walkers at Venford reservoir car park.
Although the sky was a little overcast, it was still a beautiful warm day.
There was, surprisingly, some green grass on the moors.. Something we havent seen in Torbay for the last few weeks.
Nevertheless, it was quite a shock to see the reservoir only half full!  (See photos)
The path around the reservoir was very dry so walking was easy (apart from networks of roots) There was noticeably fewer birds than when we came last time but it was good to see several butterflies.
We passed a small herd of ponies standing in the shade..
After crossing the road, we wound our way eastwards up to Bench Tor (313 metres).
Bench Tor tops a spur of land that juts out into the Dart Gorge and, unlike last year, we had  spectacular views…and could hear the river Dart in the gorge far down below us.!
Here’s a Google Earth view
On our way back down to the dam and CP it was lovely to hear the skylarks.. We then drove down to Buckfast Abbey and enjoyed a good lunch and chat.
An excellent setting.
After goodbyes, some of us walked around the herb garden , the new Millennium garden and the amazing collection of lavenders.. which are, at present, probably at their best.
It is very interesting to repeat walks at different times of the year..
Norma’s photos below:-

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Wendy’s photos below

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Marks photos below

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27th June 2018 – Stover, Led by Christine

On a glorious sunny day Christine lead fourteen walkers for a 4 1/4 mile walk on the Heritage Trail starting at Stover Country Park.

Christine writes:-
We walked beside the lake and saw a heron. We walked along the boardwalk to the bird feeder, unfortunately there were no birds feeding. There were a few squirrels on the ground below the feeder. We followed the trail through the woods, across a field towards Teigngrace.  We crossed over the railway track on to Stover Way.
Ten of us crossed the field with heifers grazing, and walked beside the river. We watched the sand martins flitting around. We joined the others at the end of the footpath.
We walked along Summer Lane to the back of Stover Country Park. It was pleasant walking through the woods and along the waterway back to the lake, then beside the lake and back to the car park.
Sixteen of us enjoyed lunch at The Welcome Stranger pub where we were joined by Jane & Bob and Maureen & David.

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Maps by Tony, Photos by Norma and Wendy

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Photos above by Norma              Photos below by Wendy

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13th June 2018 – Exmouth Led by Mark & Kathy

The walk was led by Mark and Kathy.

Mark writes:-
11 of us set off in misty sunshine. Intending to walk from Lympstone to Exmouth. Signal failure between Polsloe Bridge and Exmouth altered our plans. So 8 of us walked from Exmouth station around the Point and Marina, enjoying far reaching views across the Exe Estuary, then along the sea front.  We took lunch at the Pavilions. Returning from the sea front through Manor Gardens to The Strand where the walk ended.
You can see photos taken on the walk below.

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Mark’s photos above, Norma’s photos below.

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31st May 2018 Kingswear-Dartmouth Castle. Led by Norma.

Norma writes:-

Five of us met at Kingswear station for today’s walk. Although the hills above both Dartmouth and Kingswear were hidden by low cloud/mist, the much needed rain had actually stopped.
We crossed over to Dartmouth on the passenger ferry and walked along to Bayard’s cove and up the steps to B3205. Lots to look at over the rooftops way below.. various craft on the river..steam train setting off on its journey back to Paignton…
We walked around Warfleet Creek along to the church and up to the Castle. We peered down to Sugary Cove and continued up through the woods on the Little Dartmouth track. (As Gallant’s Bower was shrouded in mist we decided to leave that for another day)
Then the rain came in. So we returned with brollies up on a slightly different route (avoiding wet steps down). The wet trees and vegetation smelt lovely! As we were suitably clad we had a good laugh!  After crossing back on the ferry to Kingswear, we enjoyed our lunch/wine at the Whiterock Beefeater. It was nice too that Malcolm & Chris were able to join us.

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16th May 2018 River Teign & Stover Canal, led by Shirley & Anne

Anne writes:-

13 walkers,led by Shirley & Anne met at the Ten Tors to pre-order our meals & use the conveniences.Then we took our cars to Teign Bridge,which is between Kingsteignton &
Newton Abbot.

We walked along the river Teign hoping to see a kingfisher,but no luck today!!  We stopped to watch the sand martins swooping into their holes in the river bank. Then onto the Templer Way & the canal walk, starting at the Ventiford Basin. We saw signs of the old granite tramway, and read something of the history  of the area on the information boards. The wild flowers along the next stretch of the canal were beautiful. We passed Teigngrace Lock where some of the buildings have been converted into a very pretty cottage & gardens.Planning permission has been submitted to use this for a tea rooms, which would be nice. The next lock was the Graving Dock Lock, which was originally used for the repair & maintenance of barges. We continued along the track which eventually led us back to our cars.

We drove back to the Ten Tors where Maureen & David were waiting for us. We enjoyed a very nice meal .

We were very lucky with the weather, as rain had threatened all day, but it only really started as we arrived back at the pub.

Photos were taken by Norma and Mark

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See Norma’s photos above.     See Marks photos below.

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2nd May 2018 St Budeaux to Saltash led by Mark & Kathy

Mark writes:-
This walk was led by Mark and Kathy on a windy day but with spells of sunshine.
It attracted another 16 walkers for a train journey to Plymouth and bus to St Budeaux.
We walked along Wolseley Road, diverting through the Country Park to see Kiln Bay, then to Saltash Passage for views of the Tamar Bridges. Then along the Tamar road bridge to Saltash, pausing to admire the Celtic Cross. The walk ended in Saltash High Street.
Kathy, Mark and Norma continued exploring after lunch walking west of Saltash station to Coombe by Saltash viaduct and Coombe Park.


There are three slideshows for this walk, starting with Mark’s photos. After the slideshows I have added a note about Brunel copied from a BBC History webpage.

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Norma’s photos.

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Tony’s photos.

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Brunel was one of the most versatile and audacious engineers of the 19th century, responsible for the design of tunnels, bridges, railway lines and ships.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born on 9 April 1806 in Portsmouth. His father Mark was a French engineer who had fled France during the revolution. Brunel was educated both in England and in France.

When he returned to England he went to work for his father. Brunel’s first notable achievement was the part he played with his father in planning the Thames Tunnel from Rotherhithe to Wapping, completed in 1843. In 1831, Brunel’s designs won the competition for the Clifton Suspension Bridge across the River Avon. Construction began the same year but it was not completed until 1864.

The work for which Brunel is probably best remembered is his construction of a network of tunnels, bridges and viaducts for the Great Western Railway. In 1833, he was appointed their chief engineer and work began on the line that linked London to Bristol. Impressive achievements during its construction included the viaducts at Hanwell and Chippenham, the Maidenhead Bridge, the Box Tunnel and Bristol Temple Meads Station. Brunel is noted for introducing the broad gauge in place of the standard gauge on this line. While working on the line from Swindon to Gloucester and South Wales he devised the combination of tubular, suspension and truss bridge to cross the Wye at Chepstow. This design was further improved in his famous bridge over the Tamar at Saltash near Plymouth.

As well as bridges, tunnels and railways, Brunel was responsible for the design of several famous ships. The ‘Great Western’, launched in 1837, was the first steamship to engage in transatlantic service. The ‘Great Britain’, launched in 1843, was the world’s first iron-hulled, screw propeller-driven, steam-powered passenger liner. The ‘Great Eastern’, launched in 1859, was designed in cooperation with John Scott Russell, and was by far the biggest ship ever built up to that time, but was not commercially successful.

Brunel was also responsible for the redesign and construction of many of Britain’s major docks, including Bristol, Monkwearmouth, Cardiff and Milford Haven.

Brunel died of a stroke on 15 September 1859.

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18th April 2018 Churston – Brixham

Norma writes:-
What a beautiful day! The warmest so far this year.. So lucky after the long, cold Spring. Definitely no overtrousers, gloves or fleeces needed!
Our walk started at Lupton House and we were pleased to welcome two new walkers – which made a total of 16.
We set off down Lupton’s drive, over to Churston village, along Green Lane then circled around the Church and along to Quay Lane.  So lovely and dry…only a few small patches left of the dreadful mud we have encountered this winter.
We meandered down through the side of Grove woods and the newly planted valley – pleased to see some bluebells. Everything being much later this year…
As we arrived at Churston Cove – our lucky day!  Just a few metres away, 3 or 4 seals were putting on a great show -also enjoying the warm, sunny weather.
After a few puffs, everyone conquered the steep path up through the woods to Battery Point. Well done! The views across the Bay were stunning. We then walked along and around to the other side of Brixham Harbour to see the splendid flower beds – all provided by local volunteers.
After taking a bus back to Lupton, we walked back along the drive and 12 of us stayed to enjoy a well earned lunch.
Photos taken by Mark are shown below, followed by photos taken by Norma.

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Marks photos above and Norma’s photos below.
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