October 29th Bovey Tracey

Ernie organised the walk and warned us before we started that we were in for a muddy journey.
To encourage us he announced that he would be donating a prize for the muddiest boots at the end of the walk.

While we wrestled with the logic of this incentive we enjoyed a 4 mile walk along the river valley from the NT Parke office.

A crisp and sunny morning ensured we all enjoyed the autumn colours

August 20th – Avon Valley at Loddiswell

Planned by Dennis though led by Joy, this was a splendid 5 mile walk on a dull summer’s day with rain forecast.

We left the South Hams village of Loddiswell and walked past Ham Butts and Reads Farm to meet the River Avon.
We followed the river upstream for a while then crossed the river using a very interesting bridge in order to follow the old railway track downstream on the opposite bank to the Avon Mill garden centre where we stopped for coffee.

Continuing our walk via Newmill Bridge we reached the Loddiswell Inn where we had an outstanding lunch for which we were charged £6.99 for a two course meal of excellent quality.

The forecast rain duly appeared as we left the pub – much too late to spoil our day.

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May 14th 2008 – Beesands to Start Point.

Led by Barbie (Derek taking the chuck wagon)

After some of the hottest days of the year, and despite a good forecast with Barbie cautioning us to bring plenty of sunscreen, turned out to be one of the coldest, windiest, and almost wettest walk of the year so far.
This didn’t stop us enjoying the walk and the bluebells, violets, foxgloves and gorse were out in force to greet us.

We last did in 2005 and several changes were noted. (see walks in 2005). Hallsands in particular was interesting in view of the major reconstruction works on some of the clifftop buildings, whilst the old ruined village below the cliffs allowed us to contemplate how an ill judged decision to dredge the seabed led to such a disastrous conclusion.

Photos by Tony & Dennis with archive photos from Plymouth Records Office. Music for the video is “Liebestraum” by Franz Liszt.

April 16th, Fingle Bridge,

Led by Daphne & Alan

This 4 mile walk took us through one of Devon’s most picturesque valleys alongside the River Teign after a climb out from Fingle Bridge on the northern skirt of Dartmoor.

A fairly cold day to start but with plenty of sunshine and steep bits to keep us warm.

Lunch was taken at the pub at Fingle Bridge.

Music for the video is “Panis Angelicus” sung by Andrea Bocelli. This has nothing to do with Devon scenery of course, but I like it!

April 2nd, Greenway & Galmpton

Led by Dennis

About twenty of us took this 4 1/2 mile walk, led by Dennis at his usual cracking pace with the rest of strung out behind especially when Jenni put her stick down and half a mile later realised she had forgotten to pick it up again.

This resulted in Tony walking a mile more than the rest in having to return to the drop zone to retrieve it.

It was a gorgeous warm Spring day with beautiful views over the River Dart.

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The music on the video is “Sacrifice” by Elton John.  (I chose it because it was playing when we paid our food bill at The Weary Ploughman)

February 6th 2008, Teignmouth & Holcombe,

Led by Heather & Tim

Once again we had nineteen walkers on this beautifully sunny walk. We set out from Teignmouth along the sea wall towards Dawlish, passing under the railway before the “Parson and Clerk” then up the hill to Holcombe. Some fantastic views across the Exe estuary, an encounter with a very tiny rabbit, then back into Teignmouth Triangle for an excellent meal at Pickwick’s.

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(Our walk today was 4.48 miles and we climbed 912 feet – stats from Dennis)

The video below includes the Exeter walk