12th December 2018 Ipplepen – Led by Val & Neil

Val writes:-
On a very overcast, damp morning fifteen walkers set off from the Wellington Inn, Ipplepen, for our usual stroll to Orley Common. The walk took us through woodlands and due to the recent inclement weather and the trees having shed their leaves – the paths were quite slippery in places but thankfully everyone managed to stay on their feet
Returning to the road we visited the Church and carried on through the churchyard into the village.  We were lucky enough to have someone in the group that had lived in the village many years ago and was able to point out where the old village bakery and doctor’s surgery were. Also the Old Coaching House and The Plough Inn – now all residential properties.
On returning to the Wellington Inn car park it poured with rain but a warm welcome awaited us inside where we were joined by our “lunchers”. Twenty-one sitting down to a superb meal.
Photos were taken by Norma and Wendy

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Norma’s photos above, Wendy’s photos below

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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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