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.
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.
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.