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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 Local Walk to Stand on a Listed Bridge


On 13th August five walkers joined Richard Farr,the leader, at Bishopsteignton for a local walk of eight plus miles. The weather was perfect with sunshine but moderate temperatures. The route climbed above the village past Humber cottages and the gates of Lindridge Park to Ideford. The photo shows them on Larcombe Bridge: which is a "Grade II listed building"! Described by Historic England as a "single span footbridge with a low cranked arch." It saves walkers using the ford through Colleybrook. Lunch was taken at the secluded Millennium Green in Ideford. After lunch they headed back via Three Tree Lane to the ridge above the Teign valley which affords spectacular views. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of Devon.

A New Circular Walk from Haldon Forest towards Chudleigh and back




On Sunday 5th August, Alison, assisted by her Granddaughter, Keira, led 16 people and 3 dogs on a 5 mile circular walk from Haldon. Although this is practically on our door step, Alison took us along paths and lanes through the forest and down towards Chudleigh, many of us having never walked these paths before. There was an encounter on one path with a friendly herd of Jersey heifers but they obliged and let us through providing a photo opportunity in the process. We walked back up culminating in a woodland walk by the busy A380 where two fungi hunters gave us a brief demonstration on what ws safe to eat, cooked and uncooked. Thank you Alison and Keira for a lovely new walk.

Torcross, and Beesands, with Tea and Cake

On Sunday 23rd July Pauline led a group of nine T&D Ramblers on a nine mile walk from Torcross in the South Hams.

The forecast had shown a high risk of intensive but short lived storms but, despite these breaking out around them, the group enjoyed total sunshine sometimes with a cooling breeze.


They first walked around Slapton Ley before walking up and down a steep hill to reach Stokenham where lunch was taken in the church yard.

Other hills were then negotiated to reach Beesands where tea and cake were consumed!

Finally, the ramblers climbed up around the old quarry to get back to Torcross. All in all a great day with sun, beautiful views, great company and plenty of refreshment stops. Thank you Pauline

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  Patterns in fields with a storm to the East on the descent to Beesands and the Charity Cafe for tea and cake



Tony Leads his Summer Special for the 23rd time

On Sunday 30th July Tony Wilson, a founder member of Teignmouth & Dawlish Ramblers, led his annual 11 mile plus coastal walk starting at Marlborough then to Salcombe to walk the South West Coast Path to Hope Cove before returning to Marlborogh via farmland. This was the 23rd time Tony has done this in the 30 year history of the Group.


'Short' Walkers on climb up to  Bolt Head from Hope Cove below.

Five people took on this long version whilst another 13, led by Anne McCallister, took a slightly shorter version to meet the long walkers about half way at Soar Cove. Yet again, the walkers were treated to fine weather and views from Burgh Island to Rame Head in Cornwall. A rather nasty cloud formation was seen over Dartmoor and it was only later that they heard that there had been flooding in Okehampton.A rather lucky Group. Thank you Tony and Anne

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Leaving Bolt Head with views fro Rame Head in Corwall on the left and Burgh Island on the right

Walks in Plymouth and Dorset

On Sunday 16th July two groups, each of 10 T&D Ramblers, met at Higher Buckeridge Road in Teignmouth, one heading East for Charmouth in Dorset, the other going West to Plymouth, both locations being at the extremity of the Group's range for walking.


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The Charmouth contigent of long walkers were joined by a rambler from South Somerset Group. Led by Mike Strickland, they headed out along the Monarchs Way for a 10 mile walk. They walked up to Lamberts Castle for lunch, where they had hazy views of Golden Cap and Portland Bill in the distance. They then walked to a second Hill Fort at Coneys Castle and across to Conegar Hill, before returning to Charmouth. Beautiful country views and the rain held off! Thanks Mike for a lovely walk.




The Plymouth Party proceeded to Jennycliff on the eastern side of Plymouth Sound for a 7 mile circular walk that took in Mountbatten (an RAF base until 1992 that started with Flying Boats flown by Lawrence of Arabia but now better known as the site of the National Firework Display each August.) They then headed along to Turnchapel, an old fishing village, then on to Hooe Lake formerly surrounded by limestone quarries now occupied by flood resilient houses. They rested by Radford Lake before climbing up through woodland towards Staddon from where the followed a long downward path to Bovisand Beach. Lunch was taken with views over the Breakwater concluding with an undulating walk along the Coast Path back to Jennycliff. Peter & Pam were thanked for a walk full of extensive views and historical interest.

Thursday, August 16, 2018