May 30th – East Soar/Sharptor/Bolt Head

Led by Val & Neil

Jenni and Tony weren’t able to make this walk but here is Val’s description. “Having enjoyed days of blue skies and sun it came as a shock when Neil led 16 fleece and windproof clad walkers out of a cold, mist-swirling East Soar car park – with Val trailing through the mist at the rear.
Passing RAF Bolt Head landing strip we were then greeted by a herd of cows as we crossed the fields to make our way towards Overbecks. (Surely this walk could only get better!). After negotiating a flight of stone steps to reach the coastal path we were rewarded with stunning views of the Salcombe Estuary – the mist having lifted but still overcast.
From Sharp Tor to Bolt Head there were fantastic views of the coastline which hopefully made up for the several very steep ascents. Lots of activity on the water, flora and fauna to admire (including bluebells!!) and Dartmoor ponies that now graze some of the land – all adding interest on the walk.
Passing Middle Soar we returned to the car park. Pub Lunch – Royal Oak, Malborough – fanatastic food and welcome. A big thank you to Tony and Jenni for finding this pub on a previous walk and to Maureen and Jaki for taking the photos Guess what? The sun finally came out after lunch.” Click on this link to open a slideshow of Jaki’s photos in a new tab/window. Click on this link to open a slideshow of Maureen’s photos in a new tab/window.