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Chris T can no longer lead his walk on 9th September but has kindly volunteered to bring it forward to 12th August.

As a reminder the details are:

Sun 12 August 2018 10:00 - 8 miles/12.9 km - Strenuous
Option 2 (Long Walk) - Beer South West Coast Path
Meet at 08:50: Higher Buckeridge Road for car sharing (depart within 10 minutes) (TQ14 8QP, SX936742)
Starts at 10:00: Old Beer Rd near Beer Hill, ample free parking. (EX12 2PX, SY234897)
SWCP, Seaton Hole, Beer, Branscombe Mouth, Berry Cliff and back. Steep Hills and Steps. Lunch on Branscombe beach. Toilets at Beer and Branscombe.
Info for car sharing: Distance to start 33 miles. Petrol contribution £4.50.


Drewsteignton, Fingle Bridge, The Hunter's Path and a Surprise.


Hunters Tor            

                                                                                                    Group on Hunter's Tor


20 T&D Ramblers and one guest enjoyed a 6 mile walk from Drewsteignton on Sunday 15th July. They walked down to Fingle Bridge and rested on the riverbank before taking the bottom path to the west, then climbing in the direction of Castle Drogo to take the Hunter's Path back east towards Drewsteignton. This provided Mediterranean heat and extensive views of the valley below. The most memorable view of the day however was that of a naked rambler reminiscent of the Boy David in a Nordic body who we encountered on the bottom path.

Thank you Helen for organising and leading the walk.


Hunters Path view


                                                                              View near Sharp Tor on Hunter's Path

A Visit to Lydford Gorge



15 T&D Ramblers visited Lydford Gorge on 12th July.

Water levels were down and the rocky surface was dry thus enabling the group to walk the entire length of the Gorge from Waterfall to Witches' Cauldron and back by the easier high route.

Needless to say they sampled the NT tea rooms at either end! Thank you Anne for organising the day.

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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Two Walks - Same Day - Different Weather


                                                                                                                Bob in mist and drizzle


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.

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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018