In Search of Spurrell's Cross
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.
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.
Ralph Rayner John Cousens Anne McCallister