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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.


A Walk To The Commons




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.

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?


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Two Walks- One to Dawlish Warren, the other to Killerton

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On Sunday 15th October, the warm day before Hurricane Ophelia, 35 persons joined T&D Ramblers on two walks.

To illustrate what we have on our door step, Claire led 18 members from Dawlish along the sea wall to Dawlish Warren where they explored the Warren, its Point and its new beaches before returning via the inland (stormy weather) route. Thank you Claire for the walk and Ken for the photo.

Another 17 people joined Richard at Broadclyst on a walk of some 8 miles. They passed the fine parish church and took footpaths across farmland, and a concrete bridge over the M5. to reach the National Trust estate at Killerton. They entered the park where the Apple Weekend was in full swing, with many cars covering the normally tranquil parkland. Following the public footpath, the crowds were soon left behind and a gradual climb took the group up to the large "picture frame" where they stopped for a photo. Pressing on to Columbjohn chapel, a lunch break was taken by the peaceful rippling water of the river Culm, as the sun began to show its face. Thereafter more lanes and paths took the walkers back to Broadclyst for an early finish by 2.30pm.
Thank you Richard.


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A Local Walk with Rainbows, Showers and Sun

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Following formal business at last week's AGM when T&D Ramblers celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a cake made and designed by Doreen c/o Alice Cross, this Sunday, 21 'long' walkers, including 4 visiting guests, joined Deborah who led a local walk of just over 8 miles.

They gathered at Cockwood before proceeding to Cofton and then north, across footpaths, some wet and muddy, towards Mamhead. Beautiful rainbows preceded showers blown by a north westerly wind, the final shower being accompanied by hail. Nevertheless, by the time they reached the new Dawlish Country Park on their return journey, the sun was out on a beautifully clear day.

Thank you Deborah



On the Moors around Gidleigh, and Scorhill on a 'Summer's Day.'

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On Sunday 8th October 19 Teignmouth & Dawlish Ramblers ventured onto Dartmoor with heavy ruck sacks full of wet weather gear whilst they were only wearing their last base layer on a summer like day.

The walkers included two new members from the Peak District who had never walked Dartmoor before.They were in for a treat as we set of from Scorhill Farm down by Gidleigh via North and South Park woods and on to Frenchbeer Rock and Middle Tor where a sun bathed lunch was taken. We then skirted Kestor before looking at the Tolmen in the hope of alleviating arthritic joints. Then it was over the tiny Teign to reach Scorhill stone circle before returning to the double parked car park.

Added entertainment included a bull at Teigncombe, concerned turkeys at Frenchbeer and both modern and traditional pony drives on the moor.
Many thanks to Karen and Barbara for an inspiring walk on a beautiful day.


peter 1017wb

Thursday, August 16, 2018