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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2019-08-21 Stoke-in-Teignhead, Led by Shirley

Val reports:-
Led by Shirley 8 walkers set off from the Church House Inn;  stopping in the car park to look at the old Beer Barrel Racks – still used today on occasions.
Passing the village stores we wended our way through the village to pick up the leafy lanes giving lovely views across the fields to Maidencombe.
Joining the coastal road it was a few yards to pick up another leafy lane dotted with farms and thatched cottages; taking us past the now long gone Rocombe Farm Dairy, the cow “emblem” still visible on the dairy building opposite
Walking on down with the sounds of the bubbling stream following the lane – sadly now overgrown – it was back through the village to the pub for lunch.
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2019-08-07 River Erme – Led by Ursula

Report by Ursula & Val:
Led by Ursula on a lovely sunny summer’s day eleven walkers set off from the Sportsmans Inn – heading up Station Road to Longtimber Woods. We then followed the “Kings Gutter” leat before a steep descent through woodlands to the River Erme below.
Following the river a stop was made to view the “Tinners Mortar Stone” – a large stone with a bowl carved in it – used by tinners panning the river for fragments of tin in the rock particles.  This was then pounded to a powder to extract the tin.
Further along is the swimming pool with the orginal sluice gate mechanism converted by 2nd World War American Troops stationed nearby.
Nearing the end of the walk you pass under the Brunel Viaduct constructed in 1876 to replace the previous timber bridge.  You can still see the original stone piers which supported the timber bridge built in 1848.
Leaving the Woodlands and the River behind it was a short stroll through Ivybridge back to the pub for a very enjoyable lunch.

Photos were taken by Norma & Helen. Be sure to watch all three slideshows then follow the links to two videos.
Norma comments – “This was a lovely woodland walk today – completely new to me.  I would like to go again in the Autumn when the beech trees change colour…
I tried taking a group photo of all of us by balancing my phone on a post and then we all shouted ‘smile’ to activate the camera…hence the strange faces.!
There wasn’t anyone around to ask as I sometimes do. ..”

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Norma also took two videos which unfortunately will not upload to this program.
The second video is especially interesting, be sure to look out for the local dare-devil. Click this link to see the two videos open in a new window

2019-07-24 Parke Country Park – Led by Christine

Christine writes:

On a sunny morning eight walkers enjoyed walking around Parke Country Park.
We met at the Dolphin Inn and walked along Station Road, through the town park, under the road to Parke. It was very pleasant walking under the trees along the dismantled railway track and beside the river. We crossed the river via the wooden bridge into Ledge Wood. On the other side there were several steps to climb to reach the footpath.
We stopped at the View Point before returning to the Dolphin Inn, where we were joined by six others for lunch. It was good to catch up with Graham and Jo.

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