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A Walk in the Springtime Devon Countryside.

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On Sunday 26th March 14 Ramblers, who had lost an hour's sleep with the change to BST, met at Doddiscombleigh to take a six mile walk in the beautiful Devonshire country side in Springtime. Spring flowers were in abundance, the grass was green and the lambs were gambolling in the fields - all helped by a bright blue sky with passing clouds. The route encompassed many fields as well as Devon lanes and some interesting cottages. Devon, having been unaffected by the savagery of the Ice Age, is full of soft rounded hills so the enjoyment of the walk was accompanied, as usual, with plenty of cardio vascular exercise! A number of deer were seen running through the fields and woods and, at the end, Janet was thanked for a lovely walk concluding with tea at the Nobody Inn.

Leather Tor, the Devonport Leat and Crazy Well Pool

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On Sunday 19th March 21 T&D Ramblers set off on a potentially rainy day to enjoy a circular walk of some 7 miles from Lowery Cross, near Burrator Reservoir. The route took them up to a rock strewn Leather Tor, and down around the plantations. They then picked up the peaceful Devonport Leat by the River Meavy. This was followed for some distance, including a steep climb up via the aqueduct, eventually reaching the point where there is an easy track down to the well hidden Crazy Well Pool. There were no volunteers for a lunch time wild swim and after descending through the woods to cross Leather Tor Bridge they ascended to cross the leat again en route to the car park with four hardy souls extending the walk by another two miles via the old railway/cycle track. Thank you Mike, Barbara and Karen for an interesting, sometimes challenging, walk in the usual good company.

 

A bracing walk from Haytor

On Sunday 12th February 11 ramblers set off from Haytor Visitor Centre for a 10 mile walk. 

The weather was cold and windy with snow showers threatened for late afternoon.  The walk dropped down through Yarner Wood to meet up with the Templer Way.  Once on the granite tramway it was long gradual climb, punctuated by a coffee stop, back up to the starting point of the Templer Way at the Haytor quarries.  Back up on the open moorland the group stopped for lunch in the shelter of some rocks.  It was then onward for a walk around Emsworthy Mire Nature Reserve before skirting around Saddle Tor and Haytor Rocks back to the cars.

 

Houndtor, a Medieval Village and the Becka Brook

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On Sunday 12th March Angela lead 23 of us on a 6 mile walk, with hilly climbs and descents, around Houndtor, (Hound of the Baskervilles fame) and down by an abandoned Medieval Village.

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 Coffee was taken by the mossy Becka Brook following which we went around to Manaton before returning on a circular walk. A very invigorating ramble in good company. Thank you Angela.

A Longer Version of the Dart Estuary Walk.

Five weeks after leading a shorter walk in the area, Richard Farr led ten long walkers on an extended walk.This was a balanced group, five women and five male walkers! Frpm Broadsands they took the coast path via Elberry Cove and paused for a coffee stop on the rocks high above Churston Cove, enjoying the winter sunshine. The route then took them via Churston Cross to Higher Greenway where they took lunch with the fine view down the River Dart.

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After lunch the walk descended via Lower Greenway Farm where a brick chimney still stands to show where a steam engine was once installed in the mid nineteenth century.Passing along the beach by the Dart, and past the large boatyard, the route ascended through Galmpton village and back to Broadsands Road beneath Brunel's imposing but now redundant viaduct. Richard was thanked for leading the walk on a beautiful winter's day. Meanwhile, the robin they encountered was pleased to have avoided Richard's boot.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017