2019-11-14 Teigngrace – Led by Irene

Photo by Norma

Val writes:- On a damp overcast day Irene led fifteen walkers (mostly in Wellies!) on a circular walk along lanes and across muddy fields – following the river which was running high; returning along the Stover Canal back to the pub for lunch.
The weather was kind to us and brightened along the way – the rain arriving after a superb lunch at the Sandygate Inn where we were well looked after and it was nice to welcome Anne who joined us for lunch.

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2019-10-30 Dawlish – Led by Christine

Christine writes:-
Fourteen of us, including new walker Ros, braved the rain and the wind to walk in Dawlish.
We met at Henty Avenue and walked along the main road to the town centre. We were unable to use brollies, as the wind blew them inside out!
We walked beside the stream and saw the five cygnets with their mother, father was swimming in the stream.
We crossed a bridge and walked to the Manor House gardens. We walked through the gardens and back over a bridge and continued walking beside the stream towards the sea front. We paused to watch three cygnets enter the stream, two plopped in!
Four of the group decided to go for coffee, they were going to join us for lunch, but unfortunately one of them felt unwell. Pleased to hear she is feeling better.
The rest of us walked to the sea front to look at the waves. It was very windy, so we were unable to walk along the sea wall. We continued along the main road towards Dawlish Warren.
At Henty Avenue we said goodbye to another four and continued to Mount Pleasant Inn, where we were joined by Ursula.  It was good to get out of the rain.  Lunch was a happy affair. The Inn were doing a special offer of Roast and Dessert for £9.74, so we all indulged!
The weather turned for the worse, Ursula kindly drove three to their cars at Henty Avenue and came back to take the rest of us back to Newton Abbot.
Hooray for Ursula.

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2019-10-16 Occombe/Scadson Woods – led by Chris

Chris writes:-
Twelve of us met at Occombe Farm on a nice sunny morning. Fortunately the predicted rain didn’t materialise and we had a dry and not too muddy walk. We walked through Occombe Woods and then through Scadson Woods and over the hill into Cockington Country Park.
We continued uphill through the orchard, still laden with apples, and then through the fields, keeping a wary eye on the cows. We continued through the Stantor Barton farmyard where we saw in the barn a newborn calf with its mother ahh!
We eventually arrived back at the car park and drove to Ye Old Smokey House where we enjoyed an excellent lunch.

Three superb sets of photos for this walk from Wendy and Norma – don’t miss any of them!

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2019-10-02 Lincombes

Norma writes:–
Once again, we were so lucky!  Rainy days just gone and gales forecast for Thursday onwards but on Wednesday the weather was just perfect!
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14 of us met at The Kents in Wellswood which still had a beautiful display of flower baskets and borders..After choosing our lunch for later, we set off along Lincombe Drive.  It was so nice to walk along a quiet, leafy road with not a yellow line in sight !
We zig-zagged down some of the paths through Lincombe woods – passing some huge, magnificent trees, lots of dainty cyclamen and old Victorian seats.  Every so often we could enjoy the sea views way down below…
The path exits the bottom of the  woods at the western end of Meadfoot Road.  As it was almost high tide, it was lovely to watch the waves in the sunshine as we walked along to Ilsham Valley.
Half way along the valley,  we turned right to go up a long flight of steep steps to Bishop’s Close.  We forgot to count the steps but nobody volunteered to go back down again to count them !!  After a drink and short rest, we meandered along and down the roads back towards The Kents taking a little loop past the Glen Eagles hotel. Interesting properties and views.
I think we all agreed it was a good lunch at a reasonable price and will definitely use it as a walk base in the future!

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2019-09-18 River Dart & Woodlands, Led by Norma

Norma writes:-

Twelve of us met at Noss Marina on the River Dart where we appreciate the use of the marina facilities..
Because of ongoing construction work,  there are now reduced spaces at the marina so we moved our cars to the superb new, free car park at the top of the hill.
Today’s Autumn walk at what is probably my favourite location, was a slight variation to the one we did in the Spring… Again, we were lucky having a warm, sunny, beautiful day..
We walked up through the woods to the road and then down to the Higher Ferry on the River Dart. The path to Kingswear runs along between the river and the Dart Steam Railway and provides lots of interest..the ferry, the Britannia Naval College, craft of every description, wild life, flora and even a passing steam train!
Crossing over the railway bridge at Kingswear, we then stopped a while to enjoy the amazing views up the river..
Next, we followed the path along the waterside to the head of Waterhead Creek, then up Lower Contour Road to enter Hoo Down woods.
Some of the trees are just beginning to loose their leaves but there was not much colour yet as it is still like Summer!
This higher route back through the woods, provides both spectacular views to the river below and the distance beyond..
We returned to CP and met up at our reserved table at Beefeater Whiterock.
The daytime lunch menu is amazing value which I think everyone enjoyed.

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2019-08-21 Stoke-in-Teignhead, Led by Shirley

Val reports:-
Led by Shirley 8 walkers set off from the Church House Inn;  stopping in the car park to look at the old Beer Barrel Racks – still used today on occasions.
Passing the village stores we wended our way through the village to pick up the leafy lanes giving lovely views across the fields to Maidencombe.
Joining the coastal road it was a few yards to pick up another leafy lane dotted with farms and thatched cottages; taking us past the now long gone Rocombe Farm Dairy, the cow “emblem” still visible on the dairy building opposite
Walking on down with the sounds of the bubbling stream following the lane – sadly now overgrown – it was back through the village to the pub for lunch.
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2019-08-07 River Erme – Led by Ursula

Report by Ursula & Val:
Led by Ursula on a lovely sunny summer’s day eleven walkers set off from the Sportsmans Inn – heading up Station Road to Longtimber Woods. We then followed the “Kings Gutter” leat before a steep descent through woodlands to the River Erme below.
Following the river a stop was made to view the “Tinners Mortar Stone” – a large stone with a bowl carved in it – used by tinners panning the river for fragments of tin in the rock particles.  This was then pounded to a powder to extract the tin.
Further along is the swimming pool with the orginal sluice gate mechanism converted by 2nd World War American Troops stationed nearby.
Nearing the end of the walk you pass under the Brunel Viaduct constructed in 1876 to replace the previous timber bridge.  You can still see the original stone piers which supported the timber bridge built in 1848.
Leaving the Woodlands and the River behind it was a short stroll through Ivybridge back to the pub for a very enjoyable lunch.

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Norma comments – “This was a lovely woodland walk today – completely new to me.  I would like to go again in the Autumn when the beech trees change colour…
I tried taking a group photo of all of us by balancing my phone on a post and then we all shouted ‘smile’ to activate the camera…hence the strange faces.!
There wasn’t anyone around to ask as I sometimes do. ..”

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The second video is especially interesting, be sure to look out for the local dare-devil. Click this link to see the two videos open in a new window

2019-07-24 Parke Country Park – Led by Christine

Christine writes:

On a sunny morning eight walkers enjoyed walking around Parke Country Park.
We met at the Dolphin Inn and walked along Station Road, through the town park, under the road to Parke. It was very pleasant walking under the trees along the dismantled railway track and beside the river. We crossed the river via the wooden bridge into Ledge Wood. On the other side there were several steps to climb to reach the footpath.
We stopped at the View Point before returning to the Dolphin Inn, where we were joined by six others for lunch. It was good to catch up with Graham and Jo.

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2019-07-10 Roundham Head – Led by Helen

Helen writes:-
11 walkers set off from Paignton Harbour on a hot sunny day to walk around Roundham Head – part of the coast path and Clennon Lakes.

First we walked to the pier to learn a brief history of it’s construction and uses over time. Then onwards and upwards to Roundham Head where it was good to see that the Council workmen were clearing the overgrown beds. The sea and coastline looked beautiful from our lofty viewpoint.

We were lucky to see the steam train more than once and waved to the passengers! We decided to cut the walk short on reaching the Dartmouth Rd and will hopefully go around the lakes on another walk.

A reasonably priced meal was enjoyed by all at the Inn On The Quay at Goodrington beach.

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