Eleven walkers set off from the Swans Nest on another cloudy, overcast June day!
Crossing the Exminster Marshes to the tow path opposite Topsham it was disappointing to see all the overgrown reeds and weeds obliterating the view of the canal until we were nearly at Turf Lock.
There were the usual assortment of boats moored up and those that decided to remain at Turf Lock had the advantage of seeing the Stuart Line Cruise boat pass through the lock gates on its way to Exeter Quay. Following the estuary it was interesting to observe the birdlife and we were lucky enough to see swans with their cygnet.
After a quick stop at Powderham Church (unfortunately closed) it was back along the estuary to Turf Lock picking up the path across the field, returning through the nature reserve to the Swans Nest – thirteen sitting down to lunch.
Then prior to leaving, some us were treated to a steam traction engine passing through the car park – an unexpected end to the day.
Photos below are by Norma – click to see originals
Photos below are by Wendy – click to see originals
More photos from Norma below – click to see originals
After most of the walkers had left, this delightful steam engine arrived to do a circuit of the car park
On a cold, grey, overcast day – more resembling winter than “flaming June” Neil and Val led nine walkers on Tony and Jenni’s walk from The Cott Inn, Dartington, along lanes to Copland Meadow path – a small hardcore path leading into a muddy track – grass mound in the centre with ruts either side.
All was going well until we reached a very large muddy lake – stretching for some distance. How deep was the water? Off went Shirley – the only one with Wellie Boots – the water well above ankle deep and that was walking on the grass mound which was not visible and quite slippery.
All was not lost – the leaders produced bin liners!
After an hilarious balancing act the group formed “a crocodile” to get to the other side and join Shirley – no mishaps thank goodness.
The path took us through lovely flower filled hedgerows with glimpses of Totnes and past some local allotments. Crossing the main Kingsbridge Road we headed up through the cut towards Totnes Castle built by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066; through the cobbled area between The Guildhall built in 1533 on the site of the medieval priory and the Church of St Mary – coming out into the lower part of Totnes High Street – heading to the old bridge and descending the steps picking up the woodland path following the River Dart.
Time to take in the wildlife and the boats moored on the River.
A brief stop at Totnes Weir to view the Archimedes Screw generating clean renewable energy for Totnes before heading through Dartington Estate – past the Waterwheel back to the Cott Inn to meet up with Tony and Jenni together with Chris and Malcolm for lunch.
Lovely food served by the welcoming staff. An eventful walk – it didn’t rain and the sun was trying its hardest to come out.
This walk; in the past, would certainly have made it into “Ernie’s Black Book”
Photos above are by Wendy, click here to see hi-res originals.
Photos above are by Norma, click here to see hi-res originals
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Ten of us enjoyed a walk through Stover Country Park, despite the weather. It was drizzling when we set off, but fortunately it eased off. Not much activity on the lake, just one lone swan. We walked up the boardwalk to watch the birds feeding on the feeder, and the squirrels feeding on the ground below. We continued the walk heading towards Teigngrace. We admired the memorial to the Canadian Forestry Commission, commemorating the Lumberjacks, who came over here during WW1. We walked through a field to Teigngrace road, walked across the railway line. All of us walked through the field with cows! We walked along by the river and watched the sand martins flitting about. We returned to our cars and six of us enjoyed a pleasant lunch at The Welcome Stranger Pub, where we were joined by Maureen and David.
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Anne and Shirley led this walk. Norma and Wendy took the photos.
Nine walkers set off from the Castle Inn at Holcombe. The weather was misty but not too cold. We went down Smugglers Lane and along the sea wall through Teignmouth where we met Neil, Anne and Jean.
After continuing to the Point we walked back and up through Mules Park. We walked across the main road to Minidab and then up to the Castle Inn where we were joined for lunch by 4 more members.
The first slideshow of photos (below) is from Wendy:-
Two more slideshows (below) from Norma: