Teignmouth & Dawlish Ramblers

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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.


The Wray Valley Trail, Bluebells and Blackingstone Rock



Despite a persistent sea mist at home, 19 Teignmouth & Dawlish Ramblers had another fantastic blue sky walk on Sunday 20th May when they journeyed to Moretonhampstead to walk part of the Wray Valley Trail to see abundant bluebells on the way to Blackingstone Rock. The views were slightly limited by haze but still marvellous. They then went on to Mardon Down before dropping back into Moreton.

Thank you Anne, both for leading the walk and for putting up with two naughty boys who ended the walk using a different route.


Roger's Path in Ashcombe is Now Open




Teignmouth and Dawlish Ramblers Group had a truly marvellous day on Thursday 10 th May when a long 'lost' path at Ashcombe was formally reopened by the land owner, Ralph Rayner, and dedicated to the memory of a past Chairman of the Group, the late Roger McCallister.    



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Roger's Path', as it is now known, was originally an extension of Oakpark Lane, Ashcombe and gave access to Forestry Commission land at Haldon. The path had been overgrown and disused for many years. Roger, as then Footpath Secretary of the Group, had identified it for potential clearance some years ago but it had not been possible for this to be actioned. In 2017 the Lost Ways Team at the Group, under the leadership of John Cousens, looked at it again and, after discussing their aims with Ralph Rayner of Ashcombe Estates, he agreed that, if the Group would be prepared to clear the path, he would give agree to permissive access.The work of clearance took place in February 2018 followed by the erection of barriers and a finger post. This involved work by members of the Group as well as a team of specialist volunteers from National Trust Killerton.

The path was opened by Mr Rayner on 10th May in the company of the Chair of Devon Area Ramblers, Andrew Chadwick, and 33 members and guests. Afterwards they walked up the new path to reach the obelisk and the extensive views over the Exe estuary before returning via a circular route to Ashcombe Village Club where they enjoyed a fulsome 'bring and share' lunch.

Grateful thanks are due to Ralph Rayner and John Cousens and his team of volunteers for making this happen. The benefits of walking off road in pastoral settings provides enormous benefits to both mental and physical health, this being endorsed by Mr Rayner who had personally walked the return journey from Ashcombe to Widecombe only a few days previously. 

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                                                                                         Ralph Rayner                            John Cousens                            Anne McCallister

A Walk around Stover Park and its Surroundings


                                                                                         The group posing at the Graving Dock with its unique side facing dry dock used for repairing the canal boats.


25 T&D Ramblers and a couple of dogs met at Stover Park on Sunday 22nd April for a walk of about 6 miles that allowed an exploration of the Park with its lakes, woods, and wildlife, including a young buzzard who kindly posed for Tony but not for me! The walk extended to the end of the granite railway from Haytor and the canal basin as well as the unique Graving (Dry) Dock used for overhauling the boats. Fields covered in water a couple of weeks ago were navigable and included a pleasant walk by the River Teign with out too much mud.

All of this occurred with good Spring weather and amiable company. Thank you Heather and Paul for leading the walk.




Walking from Babbacombe in Sunshine



The sunny May Bank Holiday weekend was enjoyed by 21 T& D Ramblers who took the opportunity to walk close to home.

Starting at Babbacombe they walked between Oddicombe and Babbacombe beaches at sea level before climbing up and down the coast path via Walls Hill, Thatchers Point and Ilsham valley returning via Kents Cavern and Babbacombe Downs.
After a previously wet and cold spring they were delighted to see bluebells, wild garlic and wild orchids accompanied by a bright blue sky in perfect shorts weather.

Thank you Heather and Paul for leading us.


         Thatchers Rock


A Circular Walk from Little Dartmouth


                                                                                                                                                                          View South East from Gallants Bower Dartmouth


Sunday 8th April proved to be a true harbinger of a late Spring as 19 T&D Ramblers and one little dog undertook a 6 mile walk from Little Dartmouth. The route started with comparatively level walking on the top path to Dartmouth via Gallants Bower. Pleasant coastal views were experienced from the path which extended to both the estuary and the Dart at the 17th century fortifications at Gallants Bower. The group then descended into Dartmouth to look at Bayard's Cove before moving on to Dartmouth Castle. They then returned via a roller coaster lower coast path to Little Dartmouth.

Every one enjoyed the day and thanks were given to Pam and Peter for leading the walk.


Thursday, August 16, 2018