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Two Walks - Same Day - Different Weather


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Sunday 17th June did n't start right when D&T Ramblers found that Buckeridge Road, Teignmouth, their normal meeting point and parking place,, had been shut for road works.

It did n't improve for the 12 people who travelled to Princetown for a walk on Dartmoor. 

A mist and heavy drizzle meant that the walk could not take place in a safe or comfortable environment. Bob, our joint leader, can be seen testing the conditions.They thus retired to a nearby restaurant and tucked into bacon sarnies etc accompanied by hot drinks before returning home a little prematurely.

Thanks to Christa for the photo.

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Meanwhile, nine walkers, led by Richard did a nine and a half mile circular walk from Cheriton Bishop, via the attractive village of Drewsteignton. A few steep hills made sure they had a good work out despite warnings of heavy fines if they did not shut gates Fortunately the rain stayed away although the conditions were mainly overcast. Thank you Richard for the the walk and the photos.

A Day Trip to Bude

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On 10th June 40 T&D Ramblers boarded a coach for a trip to Bude.

Seven people were dropped off at Morvenstowe for an impressive, but strenuous, 9 mile walk back to Bude under the ever watchful ears of GCHQ's listening station. In Mike, the leader's words, "I'm sure the hills have grown steeper since I first did this walk.'

20 people joined Peter and Pam on a 6 mile walk from the Bude Canal, along a 3+ mile section of steep and crumbly cliffs before returning a cross fields to join the other end of the canal at 'The Weir' where refreshment was taken before walking back the canal to the start.

One small party spent an enjoyable time at a glass fusion work shop where they made some very impressive glass ornaments. They and others also enjoyed time in the town and its surroundings where they had two beaches, a breakwater,the downs and a canal to explore as well as time for retail therapy.

Thanks are due to Mike for the idea, booking the coach and leading the long walk; to Mary for practically filling the coach and collecting money and for organising the glass fusion: to Peter & Pam for leading the shorter walk and to Geoff the driver for getting is there and home on time with a good drive.
By all accounts, every one had a good day in friendship and good weather


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The Wray Valley Trail, Bluebells and Blackingstone Rock



Despite a persistent sea mist at home, 19 Teignmouth & Dawlish Ramblers had another fantastic blue sky walk on Sunday 20th May when they journeyed to Moretonhampstead to walk part of the Wray Valley Trail to see abundant bluebells on the way to Blackingstone Rock. The views were slightly limited by haze but still marvellous. They then went on to Mardon Down before dropping back into Moreton.

Thank you Anne, both for leading the walk and for putting up with two naughty boys who ended the walk using a different route.


In Search of Spurrell's Cross

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On 27th May ten Teignmouth & Dawlish Ramblers set out from Harford Moor Gate, north of Ivybridge in search of Spurrell's Cross.

Dartmoor 365 (Square W 12) tells us that, whilst it is on the old route from Plympton Priory to Buckfast Abbey, the cross, at a North/South junction, is not easily seen as it does not sit on the skyline but in a valley.
The group first climbed to Pines Hill to follow the Two Moors Way back to Spurrell's Cross which was found, slightly off the track, with a combination of navigation and observation.
On a cloudy day with some mist they progressed to Ugborough Beacon, Blackpool, Weatherdon Hill, and Hangershelf Rock before returning across the moor to their cars.
Thank you Claire for leading this walk.

Roger's Path in Ashcombe is Now Open




Teignmouth and Dawlish Ramblers Group had a truly marvellous day on Thursday 10 th May when a long 'lost' path at Ashcombe was formally reopened by the land owner, Ralph Rayner, and dedicated to the memory of a past Chairman of the Group, the late Roger McCallister.    



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Roger's Path', as it is now known, was originally an extension of Oakpark Lane, Ashcombe and gave access to Forestry Commission land at Haldon. The path had been overgrown and disused for many years. Roger, as then Footpath Secretary of the Group, had identified it for potential clearance some years ago but it had not been possible for this to be actioned. In 2017 the Lost Ways Team at the Group, under the leadership of John Cousens, looked at it again and, after discussing their aims with Ralph Rayner of Ashcombe Estates, he agreed that, if the Group would be prepared to clear the path, he would give agree to permissive access.The work of clearance took place in February 2018 followed by the erection of barriers and a finger post. This involved work by members of the Group as well as a team of specialist volunteers from National Trust Killerton.

The path was opened by Mr Rayner on 10th May in the company of the Chair of Devon Area Ramblers, Andrew Chadwick, and 33 members and guests. Afterwards they walked up the new path to reach the obelisk and the extensive views over the Exe estuary before returning via a circular route to Ashcombe Village Club where they enjoyed a fulsome 'bring and share' lunch.

Grateful thanks are due to Ralph Rayner and John Cousens and his team of volunteers for making this happen. The benefits of walking off road in pastoral settings provides enormous benefits to both mental and physical health, this being endorsed by Mr Rayner who had personally walked the return journey from Ashcombe to Widecombe only a few days previously. 

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                                                                                         Ralph Rayner                            John Cousens                            Anne McCallister

Friday, June 22, 2018