14th Nov 2018 – Staverton – Led by Tony & Jenni

Tony and Jenni led 14 others on this walk of just under 4 miles following several wet days. Today however the weather was warm and dry with occasional periods of sunshine. The recent rains had left their mark and in part  of the walk the road was flooded to a depth of about two inches.
Everyone took it in their stride and most managed to keep their socks dry.

Lots of photos, taken this time by taken by Norma and Tony. (Because of the number and size of these photos some computers may struggle to download them. Be patient and hopefully they will appear eventually)

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31st October 2018 – River Dart & Woodlands – Led by Norma

Norma writes:-

Eleven of us met at the temporary CP above Noss Marina…
Quite a cool, cloudy day and as we started off it started to rain..
We walked up through the woods to Bridge Road, along to the path that goes down through the woods to the WC. Notice on door : ‘closed’ from November onwards’ (it’s 31st October!!) Hurray, the rain has stopped!
Onwards – over the crossing at Brtannia Halt next to the Higher Ferry.
Whatever time of year, there is always lots of interest walking along between the R. Dart and the railway – we also had the added bonus of the Lydham Manor steam train passing along the track!
After visiting the Kingswear station conveniences, we walked up to The Banjo, followed the path along the edge of Waterhead Creek then up the road to the start of Hoodown Woods.
This higher route back is very attractive with all the Autumn colours, the view down over Kingswear and the stunning views over to Dartmouth and Mill Creek beyond.
A lovely level walk through the woods and back to our cars just in time as it started to rain!
We all enjoyed an excellent lunch and chat again at the Whiterock Beefeater.
Photos by Norma and Wendy

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17th October 2018 – Galmpton & Greenway – Led by Val & Neil

Val writes:-
Thirteen walkers led by Neil with Val in her usual position as back-stop set off on this circular walk from the Manor Inn, Galmpton.
Despite the grey dismal weather with drizzle in the air – spirits were high. The walk headed down through the village past the lime kiln along Galmpton creek, eventually crossing the foreshore – stopping at the lime kiln on the beach.  It was quite a shock to see the massive trees that had washed up in front of it.
It was then over some stiles and up through the fields before crossing an old farmyard – now being restored by the National Trust – eventually bringing us out on the path that overlooks the River Dart towards Dartmouth and the Britannia Royal Naval College. Still a spectacular view despite the misty weather.
Passing Maypool the path took us through the middle of two recently ploughed fields – the Devon Red Soil providing a contrast to the scenery and a lovely panoramic view taking in the River Dart, Galmpton and the Torbay coastline.
No steam trains today as we crossed the bridge heading back through the village to the pub for lunch.

Norma and Wendy took some delightful photos to illustrate the walk

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3rd October 2018 – Buckfast – Led by Norma

Buckfastleigh Station – Holy Trinity Church Ruin – Buckfast Abbey
A bumper collection of photos this time from Wendy, Norma, Helen and Mark

Photo by Wendy

Norma writes:-
Today, 15 of us met at South Devon Railway’s Buckfastleigh Station. The weather was fantastic! Glorious, warm sunshine – (not cloud as forcasted) so we were leaving layers of clothing in the car.
We thought we’d enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the station for half an hour – watching passengers start their steam train trip, visiting the museum etc. before starting our walk.
Everyone managed the 195 cobbled steps up from Station Road and then  along the dry, leafy path to the Holy Trinity Church. It is only when you arrive, that you realise it is a burnt out shell.  This beautiful and ancient building, now enhanced by the blue sky, was almost totally destroyed by a devasting fire caused by a senseless act of vandalism on the night of 21 July 1992.
We then proceeded across a nearby field and followed the path down to the road and along to Buckfast Abbey.
We were so lucky. The grounds and buildings all looked wonderful on such a beautiful day. We visited the Sensory, Herb, and Millenium gardens before going to the restaurant for lunch. Being able to eat outside in October was an added bonus !
We returned to the station by way of the road path rather than tackle the hill again!

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Some notes on the photos above:-
Mark adds:-  the Hornet, on my hand. A walker noticed it on the road. (Someone said ” we must kill it, they’re attacking our honeybees”.)
Asiatic hornets are decimating honeybee colonies alas. This an English hornet, don’t attack honeybee colonies. Handsome insects. Note rich brown thorax. Think a male hornet, or worker female.
Medicinal plants plaque in the herb and medicinal plants garden at Buckfast Abbey.Fascinating…Self Heal herb could be most useful…
Baker’s Pit.: Tony writes:- Did any of the walkers realise that this nice grassy field is actually the top of a filled in limestone quarry and that the strange construction in the middle is the entrance via  a vertical shaft 16 metres deep to the  cave known as Baker’s Pit.


19th September – Occombe/Scadson Woods – Led by Chris & Malcolm

Chris and Malcolm led a group of 17 walkers on a dry but blustery day.  Starting from Occombe Farm we proceeded through Occombe Woods, then Scadson Woods and on to Cockington Country Park. We then passed through the orchard where apples were scrumped. Continuing over the ridge where we had wonderful views of Torbay, and despite the blustery conditions and a field of cows we arrived safely back at the car park. From there we drove to The Smokey House where we were joined by Tony and Jenny and David and Maureen, making a total of 20 diners where we had a lively and very enjoyable lunch.
(photos by Wendy, Norma, and Mark)

Photos by Wendy below

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Photos by Norma below

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Photos by Mark below

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