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.
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.
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.