Two Walks- One to Dawlish Warren, the other to Killerton
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.
Sidmouth Hill and the River Sid
On Sunday 10th September Peter and Pam stood in for Tony who was unable to lead his walk from the top of Sidmouth due to an injured knee.
Using the same starting point, the NT car park adjacent to the Norman Lockyer observatory, they welcomed 14 people who had turned up despite the threat of rain and high winds on an autumnal day.
The route took them to the cliff-edge for extensive views over Sidmouth and the coast beyond. They then descended into Sidmouth before walking up by the River Sid and its parkland before turning right for Fortescue. The strenuous part of the walk involved the ascent up Griggs Lane to Soldiers Hill where lunch was taken followed by an easy return through the woods on Sidmouth Hill Hill. Fortunately, the promised rain only started after the return to the car park.