Regretfully Helen had to cancel this walk due to health problems.
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.
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. ..”
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
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.
11 walkers set off from Paignton Harbour on a hot sunny day to walk around Roundham Head – part of the coast path and Clennon Lakes.
First we walked to the pier to learn a brief history of it’s construction and uses over time. Then onwards and upwards to Roundham Head where it was good to see that the Council workmen were clearing the overgrown beds. The sea and coastline looked beautiful from our lofty viewpoint.
We were lucky to see the steam train more than once and waved to the passengers! We decided to cut the walk short on reaching the Dartmouth Rd and will hopefully go around the lakes on another walk.
A reasonably priced meal was enjoyed by all at the Inn On The Quay at Goodrington beach.
Photos were taken by Norma