May 13th 2015 Ashprington

It was a fine day for walking, mostly cool under a light overcast, but with periods of sunshine to to help us appreciate the stunning scenery of the Dart Valley.

Shirley and Ann led a good turnout of 16 walkers from Ashprington over the paths and meadows to Totnes, returning along parts of the newly constructed cycleways on the John Musgrave Trail.

Lunch was taken at the Durrant Arms.

Jenni and I first did this walk back in 2007 and I made a video from the photos I took. This time the views were so splendid that I took dozens of photographs which I have presented this time as a slideshow/video which you can see by clicking on the image below.
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And just in the interests of nostalgia, take a look at my original video made for the walk in November 2007.
On that occasion the walk was led by Dave & Maureen.

“A beautiful sunny morning walk from Ashprington along the River Dart to Totnes (where Ernie had to be forceably restrained from entering the Chip Shop) before returning to Ashprington for lunch at the Durrant Arms”

November 27th – Loddiswell and the River Avon

On a somewhat cool autumn morning, Jenni & Tony led 21 walkers from the Avon Mill Garden Centre on a delightful walk alongside the River Avon returning via the track of the dismantled railway line. The dull and overcast skies did not prevent us from enjoying the bright autumnal colours.

Click here to see the photos taken on this walk

Loddiswell Station, on the now dismantled South Brent to Kingsbridge line,  closed in 1963 after 70 years of operation. There is an excellent collection of photos together with a full history at this website

We last did this walk in 2008. You can watch the video of that walk below. Look out for Tim waving from the bridge and compare it with today’s photo at the same spot.

Feb 20th 2013 Churston

The weather was cold, the skies were overcast and visibility was poor, so many of the fine views we expected to see on this walk went unphotographed.
We did manage a bit of train-waving, so for this walk I have made a short movie instead of showing the photos. (Turn your sound on to hear the music)

Arthur led 17 walkers from Galmpton onto Churston Common with its well known windmill landmark, then down to Broadsands under Brunel’s railway viaduct.
Passing Elbury Cove we skirted the golf course and at Churston Court Arthur gave us an interesting commentary on the history of this ancient village.

Crossing the busy main road we went into the countryside above Lupton where normally we would have fine views toward Totnes.
After pausing to watch a passing steam train and some strange looking ducks we returned to the Manor Inn at Galmpton for lunch.

April 4th 2012 Fingle Bridge

 Led by Graham

A chilly but bright morning as 15 walkers set off from Fingle Bridge alongside the River Teign via the Fisherman’s Path.

On reaching the end of the path below Castle Drogo we went uphill to return via the Hunter’s Path to the Fingle Bridge Inn for lunch.
Despite a gloomy forecast there was no sign of rain on the walk. However as soon as we returned to Torbay we found found ourselves in the middle of a fierce hailstorm and some of the white stuff had settled on the roof of our house.
We last did this walk almost exactly 4 years ago and on that occasion I took many photographs. I was very impressed with the scenery and constructed a short video from the photos. You can watch the 2008 video by clicking here.
Since I figured that the scenery today was much the same as last time I only took a few photos this time plus a few movie sequences.

You can see the photos I took by clicking here.
Recently Dennis introduced me to another Adiemus tune which has been buzzing around in my brain ever since. I have used the few photos and movies I took on my camera to construct a short video which you can see below.
Fortunately I had my photographic team (Maureen and Jaki) on hand to fill in the blanks. Jaki is particularly good at close-ups of the flora & fauna and took some exceptional shots on this walk.
See photos taken by Maureen by clicking here, and photos taken by Jaki by clicking here.

See the video I made below
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Mar 7th 2012 Maidencombe & Watcombe

Led by Jenni & Tony.    Despite the prospect of a very wet walk, 12 walkers started out from Maidencombe village for a strenuous walk along the cliff paths and adjacent countryside.

The weather turned out to be remarkably friendly after all, with no rain and even some blue sky and sunshine at times.
The walk started by going north from Maidencombe as far as the Teignbridge border then turning inland and uphill to go south to the path at the top of the Valley of Rocks at Watcombe.
After a diversion into the Valley of Rocks we returned along the cliff path for lunch at the Thatched Tavern.

The walk took 2 3/4 hours and we covered a horizontal distance of just under 4 miles, though with all the ups and downs we probably walked in excess of 5 miles.
Being on the most rugged part of the Torbay coast, the walk involved a total of eight separate ascents ranging in heights from 16 metres to 93 metres. The total height climbed was 279 metres, which is 906 feet. (see map of walk and profile in the photos website.)

You can see the photos I took on the walk together with a map showing the track of our walk by clicking on this link.

And below is a video I made for the walk.

Aug 10th 2011 Venford Reservoir & Bench Tor

 – Led by Graham

A chill wind greeted 18 walkers on this very sunny morning on Dartmoor. Graham led us around Venford Reservoir and up onto Bench Tor where we had fine views across southern Dartmoor.

Though only a short walk this time, 3.8 miles ATD (according to Dennis) it was very much enjoyed by all and we had the spectacle of looking down from Bench Tor onto the river below 1,000 feet said Ernie, though later calculated at 1033 feet ATD.

After lunch at the Forest Inn some of us visited the tiny church in Huccaby.

You can see my photos by clicking here

The music in the video below is called “Gabriel’s Oboe”, composed by Ennio Morricone for the film “The Mission”

August 11th 2010 Noss Mayo

– Led by Joy

And what a joy this walk turned out to be!

After a miserably damp Tuesday, Wednesday dawned bright and sunny for the eighteen walkers who made the journey down to Noss Mayo. We managed to fit all the cars into the smallish car park then set out along the creek with fine views of Newton Ferrers on the other side of the water.

Continuing along the carriageway built in the late 19th Century by Lord Revelstoke we had fine views over the Yealm estuary and beyond to the coast of Cornwall with Plymouth tucked away behind Wembury Point and completely hidden from sight.

On gaining the headland we spotted the Eddystone Lighthouse on the horizon before turning inland for the walk back to Noss Mayo.

Lunch was taken at The Ship Inn.

Click here to see my photos taken on the walk