December 10th – Ipplepen

Tony and Jenni
wish everyone a very

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and a Happy New Year

Once again Ernie led this walk from the Wellington Inn up onto Orley Common. It was a cold but clear day and a bit muddy underfoot so we settled for a short walk on the common plus extra excursions into the woods above Torbryan , led by Heather, and then past the church into Paternoster Lane, this time led by Christine.

Back in the warmth of the pub the seventeen walkers met with seven other members where the Wellington Inn staff served the usual excellent value meals.
After the meal Heather expounded on “What is a Senior Citizen” and Ernie entertained with his amazing Xmas hat which somehow had been infiltrated by the traditional tweeting bird which had escaped from its cage since last year. The hat finally exploded into violent oscillations to  raucous laughter from all.

Ernie explained that today was the 10th anniversary of our Xmas lunch meetings and that since he had nothing in his Little Black Book on which to base his Stirring Prize award this year, he would instead present the “Wellie prize for long, cheerful, and dedicated service”.
He then presented the prize, a pair of ornamental walking boots, to David and Maureen

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November 26th – Babbacombe

Bob and Jane led 18 walkers on this 4 1/2 mile walk from the Babbacombe Inn. The weather was cold and overcast and due to the misty conditions there were few photo opportunities.

Returning to the Inn we were joined by several members who were not able to make the walk and after a very sociable meal we were entertained by Bob and his “Lost the keys to the car” comedy routine which had us all rolling under the table.

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November 12th – Penn Inn – Haccombe

Today will go down in history as great day for human achievement following the successful landing of Philae, the Rosetta space probe, on a comet.

Meanwhile a few hundred million miles nearer home, despite the promise of heavy rain showers, Graham was leading  12 walkers  from the Penn Inn on a five mile walk to  Haccombe and back.

Climbing up through Milber Woods we arrived on Milber Down to enjoy far reaching views of South Dartmoor. After crossing the busy rat run of the Newton to Barton road we went on to Haccombe, enjoying fine views of the river Teign along the way.

During the final 5 minutes before reaching the Penn Inn the forecast heavy downpour arrived, far too late to dampen our spirits.

Thanks again to Graham for a fine walk.

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Penn Inn flyover construction:- 
You might be interested to view this time lapse video of the ongoing  flyover construction (made by my friend Barry Hunter of Videos for All Occasions).

Also, don’t miss this remarkable  aerial view of the whole South Devon Link Road

October 29th – Parke to Lustleigh

Parke to Lustleigh, led by Ann & Shirley.

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The heavy rain of early morning eased off in time for 17 walkers to start out from the Parke National Trust site in Bovey Tracey without donning the wet weather gear.

We were treated to an excellent circular walk of just under 6 miles which for once did not involve us in walking any part of the old railway track. Full marks to Anne & Shirley for introducing us to this walk.

Along the way we were treated to hints of gorgeous autumn colours, unfortunately very much dulled by the lack of any vestige of sunshine.

Toward the end of the walk we encountered a light drizzle but we soon back at the start of the walk where we enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Homefarm Café.

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Our track is shown in brown

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October 1st – Newbridge

Leaders:- Heather & Tim

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Jenni & I were not on this walk. Bob took the photos and Jane wrote the following summary:-

Tim and Heather lead 15 walkers on a most enjoyable walk in unseasonable splendid weather, commencing from the car park adjacent to the bridge from which the place is named.

The walk took us along lanes over moors through woods and back along the River Dart.

An excellent lunch was then had at the Dart Bridge Inn Buckfastleigh.

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