2019-09-18 River Dart & Woodlands, Led by Norma

Norma writes:-

Twelve of us met at Noss Marina on the River Dart where we appreciate the use of the marina facilities..
Because of ongoing construction work,  there are now reduced spaces at the marina so we moved our cars to the superb new, free car park at the top of the hill.
Today’s Autumn walk at what is probably my favourite location, was a slight variation to the one we did in the Spring… Again, we were lucky having a warm, sunny, beautiful day..
We walked up through the woods to the road and then down to the Higher Ferry on the River Dart. The path to Kingswear runs along between the river and the Dart Steam Railway and provides lots of interest..the ferry, the Britannia Naval College, craft of every description, wild life, flora and even a passing steam train!
Crossing over the railway bridge at Kingswear, we then stopped a while to enjoy the amazing views up the river..
Next, we followed the path along the waterside to the head of Waterhead Creek, then up Lower Contour Road to enter Hoo Down woods.
Some of the trees are just beginning to loose their leaves but there was not much colour yet as it is still like Summer!
This higher route back through the woods, provides both spectacular views to the river below and the distance beyond..
We returned to CP and met up at our reserved table at Beefeater Whiterock.
The daytime lunch menu is amazing value which I think everyone enjoyed.

Photos by Norma and Wendy

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