Following tradition Chris and Malcolm led a group of ten walkers on the first walk of the year around Exeter canal.
The weather was seasonably mild and dry, enabling walkers to sit outside and enjoy a welcome coffee break and a chat on Exeter Quay.
Lunch at the Tally Ho Inn was as always excellent and appreciated by all.
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Val and Neil led 14 walkers on the usual Christmas walk from the Wellington Inn, Ipplepen. We squelched our way along through the fallen leaves and mud through the wooded area. The main advantage of this walk was we didn’t get wet. The downpour was before 10.00am and included hail! Again wellies seemed the most popular footwear – but were inclined to slip! On returning to the Wellington Inn we were joined by some of our “lunchers” – 23 sitting down for an enjoyable lunch in good company.
Photos were taken by Wendy and Norma
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On a drizzly, dismal day where wellies and brollies were the dress code, Marion led thirteen walkers on a circular 4.5 mile lane walk from the Phoenix pub, Chudleigh. Despite the weather spirits were high and the views across the fields and farmlands were good – plus the autumn colours of the leaves were spectacular. Returning to the pub to eat the sun eventually decided to shine. All in all a very enjoyable walk despite the weather.
Photos were taken by Wendy & Norma.
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Val writes:- On a damp overcast day Irene led fifteen walkers (mostly in Wellies!) on a circular walk along lanes and across muddy fields – following the river which was running high; returning along the Stover Canal back to the pub for lunch.
The weather was kind to us and brightened along the way – the rain arriving after a superb lunch at the Sandygate Inn where we were well looked after and it was nice to welcome Anne who joined us for lunch.
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Fourteen of us, including new walker Ros, braved the rain and the wind to walk in Dawlish.
We met at Henty Avenue and walked along the main road to the town centre. We were unable to use brollies, as the wind blew them inside out!
We walked beside the stream and saw the five cygnets with their mother, father was swimming in the stream.
We crossed a bridge and walked to the Manor House gardens. We walked through the gardens and back over a bridge and continued walking beside the stream towards the sea front. We paused to watch three cygnets enter the stream, two plopped in!
Four of the group decided to go for coffee, they were going to join us for lunch, but unfortunately one of them felt unwell. Pleased to hear she is feeling better.
The rest of us walked to the sea front to look at the waves. It was very windy, so we were unable to walk along the sea wall. We continued along the main road towards Dawlish Warren.
At Henty Avenue we said goodbye to another four and continued to Mount Pleasant Inn, where we were joined by Ursula. It was good to get out of the rain. Lunch was a happy affair. The Inn were doing a special offer of Roast and Dessert for £9.74, so we all indulged!
The weather turned for the worse, Ursula kindly drove three to their cars at Henty Avenue and came back to take the rest of us back to Newton Abbot.
Hooray for Ursula.
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