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Bellever Forest - Bridge, Bronze Age Settlement, Tor and Pixies

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Mystical light on Bellever Tor

Sunday 14th January saw 19 T&D Ramblers meeting at Dunnabridge Farm to make their way to Bellever Forest via Laughter Hole Farm. A photo stop was made at the Bridge before we moved on via Kraps Ring, a Bronze age settlement of some 15, since plundered, buildings. This was followed by the ascent of Bellever Tor, said to be Dartmoor's most beautiful. Certainly, the light on the day reminded us of the legend of Tom White and his pixie friends in the moonlight. Details of this can be found on page 210 of Dartmoor 365.


Thank you Bob and Pat for a wonderful walk.

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Walking around Kraps Ring

A Walk on our Doorstep - Dawlish Country Park and the Warren

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On Sunday 7th January Teignmouth & Dawlish Ramblers enjoyed their first Group walk of the year in full sunshine albeit being a little windy and 'fresh.'

Pam and Peter introduced 25 walkers and two dogs to Dawlish Country Park which they exited via Orchard Lane to join the Exe Valley Sustrans/ SWCP route to Dawlish Warren.

There they walked the inland route leaving at the start of bird protection zone to walk back the beach before returning to the Park where they were welcomed with the Wassailing Song sung by South Devon Singers.

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Photo by Richard Farr

A Walk To The Commons

 

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John Cousens reports:

In spite of the threat of showers and high winds on Sunday 10th December, the short walkers enjoyed a lovely, sunny walk around the four commons in the Woodbury area - Bicton, Lympstone, East Budleigh and Woodbury.
The small group, consisting of John, Hilary, Karen, Maureen, and Barbara, completed the 6.5 miles without seeing a single drop of rain and most of the time, the wind was not an issue.

The threat of inclement weather had obviously put off many walkers because the group had the commons pretty much to themselves and they enjoyed the solitude that this offered.

Those Ramblers who decided to stay at home missed a lovely day's walk.

A New Year's Eve Walk from Shaldon

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Teignmouth and Dawlish Ramblers wish every one a Healthy and Happy New Year in 2018


Our last short walk of the year on 31st December saw 21 members brave hail, wind and rain to walk up from Shaldon, over the hill to Ringmore and back along the Teign Estuary. It certainly cleared out 44 lungs with many splendid views and much camaraderie. Thank you to Anne for leading us.

 

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Buckland on the Moor - Chocolate Box Village, Beacon and Church

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On Sunday 19th November, Bob and Pat, led 16 Teignmouth & Dawlish Ramblers on a walk of some 6 miles to look at two of John Hayward's 'Dartmoor 365' squares at N16 and N17 - Buckland Church Clock and the newly refurbished Ten Commandments at Buckland Beacon.


By parking at Cold East Cross access to the top of Buckland Beacon was quick and easy. The autumnal views were moody and inspiring. After seeing the Ten Commandments set in stone they agreed to forgo any coveting for the day and took the long, steep descent into Buckland in the Moor and its chocolate box image. After crossing Ruddycleave Water they descended further amongst autumnal trees and the swift running water. It was decided not to descend all the way to Buckland Bridge, a short cut being taken to take the road upto Buckland Church where some people found it hard to read the clock face. By stating at 9 o'clock however, the words 'My Dear Mother' could be seen as a 1930's addition to the church. Then, it was another trudge up the hill by road and moor to the shared cars. another great walk amongst friends.


Thank you Bob and Pat.


'Dartmoor 365' is a marvellous source of information on each square mile of Dartmoor. It is enjoyed by many. Indeed, why not join the Facebook page of the Dartmoor 365 Group with over 5,000 other followers who enjoy Dartmoor?

 

Buckland Church

Friday, June 22, 2018