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Still Walking Despite the Water Underfoot



The T&D short walk options on 9th December were much affected by the recent rainfall. 

The original walk along the River Exe was badly affected by flooding and the second option at Dawlish Warren was restricted by storm damage and flooding. Thus, Clair, our recently appointed Chair and leader of this walk, devised a walk of nearly 6 miles that started at Sandy Lane, Dawlish. The route took us north through the new housing estates before skirting Langdon Hospital and then through the country park to Dawlish Warren and back via the sea wall. Despite an omnipresent rainbow, we had no rain and a good walk. Thank you Claire.

Meanwhile, blustery winds and light rain did not spoil the longer 8 mile walk on Dartmoor. From Manaton to Bowerman’s nose, Houndtor Down and Becky Falls. Thank you Mary for leading that one.

Two Water Based Walks in One Weekend


                                                                                                                                                    Lunch overlooking the Exe Estuary at Topsham Church

T&D Ramblers enjoyed two walks over the weekend of 1st and 2nd December.

On Saturday Bob & Pat led them on a short 3 mile tea shop walk from Kents Cavern, out towards Ansteys Cove before following the coast path, including Marine Parade, to Meadfoot Beach where they took the footpath back to Kents Cavern for tea and cakes.

On Sunday Andy led them on a six mile walk from Darts Farm to the bird hide at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh before following the coastal route from Topsham towards Countess Weir returning inland back to Darts Farm for more tea and cake.

Thank you Bob, Pat and Andy

"It was n't like this last week' - by the River Otter after rain



Despite damage caused by Storm Callum and constant rain on Saturday night that continued into Sunday, 6 intrepid 'short walkers' ventured out to West Hill, near Ottery St Mary on 14th October.

Some diversions were required that led to the walk being extended to 8 miles. As Andy, the leader,  said, more than once, "It was n't like this last week!"

Nevertheless the walkers maintained good humour in descending to Ottery St Mary and  following the River Otter down from Ottery towards Tipton St John before branching off for the climb back to West Hill using flooded lanes. On the way the group encountered a modern archimedes screw being used for power generation, the reverse principle being hard to grasp at the time!

The walk ended in limited sun shine. Thank you Andy for a fun day.

A Strenuous Walk on a Glorious Coast



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Any one who has taken a boat trip from Torquay to Dartmouth will be aware of how the the profile of the coast is very dramatic with tall cliffs descending to little coves. The South West Coast Path follows this profile and is probably the most challenging section in South Devon. Thus, 17 people from T&D Ramblers, led by Peter and Pam, set off on a very sunny day on 21st October to tackle a seemingly short walk of 5 miles around Coleton Fishacre to include the top and bottom sections of the Brownstone Battery.

More details at: National Trust

The constant use of steps going both up and down meant that most people were quickly down to a t shirt layer but they were rewarded by amazing coastal scenes and, just over 4 hours latter, they were very thankful for the refreshments available at NT Coleton Fishacre.

Three Reservoirs and a Graveyard.





On Sunday 23 walkers turned out for a walk of just over 6 miles covering the three reservoirs above Bovey Tracey - Kennick, Tottiford and Trenchford. The weather was much brighter and warmer than that experienced on Saturday's Tea Shop Walk, hence the higher turnout.

The walk started off on metalled lanes before arriving at Clampitt where the group were intrigued by reference to an old Quaker grave yard. Apparently, a family of Quakers owned the farm in the 17th and 18th centuries and about 20 members were buried in a small field. When the reservoirs were built in the late 19th century Torquay Borough arranged a compulsory purchase for fear of water contamination.
Thus the group arrived at Kennick reservoir which is currently awaiting rain. Indeed, instead of being called the Three Reservoir walk, it twas renamed the half a reservoir walk as the ramblers made their way around the dried out paths around each of the reservoirs.

Yet another healthy enjoyable walk keeping us all happy, fit and healthy. Thank you Karen and Barbara for planning and leading the walk.

Sunday, December 16, 2018