December 9th – Ashburton

– led by Ernie

Denis & Maureen took the photos and you can view them by clicking here.

Once again Ernie led this now traditional pre-Christmas walk around the muddy lanes and footpaths surrounding Ashburton.

As has become an annual custom, lunch was taken at The Victoria and was followed by the usual “Stirring Prize” presentation.  Click here to read all about it.

October 14th – Decoy Lake and Abbotskerswell

Led by Derek & Barbie

Click here to view Tony’s photos for this walk.

A really beautiful day once again, especially for this late in the year. Twentyone walkers followed Derek & Barbie on this walk and what an eye opener it was! Most of us had no idea that such a fantastic walk was this close to home as the vistas opened in front and behind every step.

Lunch was taken at the Court Farm, Abbotskerswell.
I think it was Heather who remarked “What a perfect day” Hence the inspiration for the video music

2009 09 30 – Stokeinteignhead

– Led by Graham & Jo

Click here to view Tony’s photos for this walk, or  watch the video

Fifteen walkers arrived at Stokeinteignhead on a warm windless day for the start of this walk. Graham explained to the assembled company the true derivation of the name of the village, informing us that the name had nothing at all to do with
any river, Teign or otherwise.  According to the Domesday Book the district contained thirteen manors which totalled an
area of ten hides and the whole area was known as the “Ten Hide”.

We then followed what Graham described as a “difficult” 5 mile walk out of the village onto the coastal path at Labrador Bay and into Shaldon, then via Ringmore back to the start where we had a most convivial lunch at the Church House Inn.

Along the way Graham managed to lose most of his troops when having marched them up to the top of a hill they stopped
for a rest and a blackberry snack while Graham continued to march on to the bottom of the hill. None of the snackers noticed which direction their leader had taken so took the opportunity to emulate lost sheep whilst trying to work out how to operate their mobile phones. A somewhat embarrased Graham had to reverse his tracks and march back to the top of the hill so he could march his wayward troops down to the bottom of the hill.

All agreed that Graham is now the odds on favourite for the annual “Ernie Award”

18th March 2009. Ilsington

Following a few days of glorious sunshine this walk attracted a record number of 29 walkers. On the day there was low cloud so long range visibilty was not as good as it could have been for this 5 mile walk through the lush countryside on the eastern side of Dartmoor.

The walk, led by Tony & Jenni, started gently enough downhill from the village but we soon arrived at the bottom of Simms Hill, part of the route for the Exeter Trial held annually in January. This trial entails motorbikes and cars trying to get to the top of the hill. You can see photos of the Exeter Trial by clicking here and videos here.

After conquering this hill our walkers had little difficulty in tackling the remaining hills and apart from Graham & Ernie leading the middle section of the crocodile on an unplanned diversion and Tony getting bitten by a Dobermann Pinscher the rest of the walk passed without incident.

The walk ended with a most enjoyable lunch at The Carpenter’s Arms.

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