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.