2019-03-20 Gallants Bower Led by Norma

Norma writes
Nine of us met at Kingswear station for today’s walk. Although the sky over both Dartmouth and Kingswear was looking rather grey, the earlier light rain had stopped.
We crossed over to Dartmouth on the passenger ferry and walked along to Bayard’s cove and up the steps to B3205. Lots to look at over the rooftops way below.. a few craft on the river..steam train setting off on its journey back to Paignton…
We walked around Warfleet Creek, along to St. Petrox church and up to the Castle. The churchyard was a carpet of primroses…beautiful!
We looked down to the low Spring tide at Sugary Cove and over to Kingswear Castle..  After a while, we climbed the steps and then up the steep, winding path through the woods – making frequent stops to catch our breath!
It was well worth the effort.  On the top, almost a 360° vista. The primroses over the Civil War hill fort were so lovely, the view up the River Dart incredible, the Day Mark on the hill over to the east and out to sea.
Back downhill via a woodland path and lane to the Castle, then an easy stroll back to Dartmouth.  By the time we crossed back on the ferry to Kingswear, we were all ready for our lunch at the Whiterock Beefeater. It was nice too that Val and Neil were able to join us.

 

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