23rd January 2019 – Noss/Kingswear woodland & riverside – Led by Norma

This walk was led by Norma and superb photographs were taken by Norma herself together with more from Wendy and Kathy. You can see all these photos as three separate slideshows by scrolling down the page. (Tony)

Norma writes:-

Fifteen of us met at another new temporary CP at Noss Marina!  The amount of construction work going on for the new development is truly amazing!
Noss Marina kindly agreed we could use their facilities as so many public WCs are at present closed…
Another lovely dry, bright day.
We walked up through the woods to Bridge Road and onwards – but today, doing this beautiful walk in reverse. Thus, going up a slippy path rather than down.
At the end of the Hoodown woods we followed the path around Waterhead Creek down to Kingswear.
Taking a loop in between the cottages, we paused to look at at the little community garden. It was so nice to find that the overgrown vegetation had been cleared and the garden extended. A lovely spot to sit and view the surroundings…
We then had a laugh seeing who could manage some pebble skimming – quite hard as the river was a bit choppy!  I think Rene was the champion!
Whatever time of year, there is always lots of interest walking along between the R. Dart and the railway. Today we saw the Higher Ferry high and dry up on the slip having its annual overhaul
After returning to our cars we met at the Whiterock Beefeater for one of their bargain lunches and a chat.
Here are Norma’s photos below, followed by Wendy’s and then Kathy.

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Wendy’s photos next

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And lastly photos by Kathy

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9th January 2019 -Exeter Canal & Riverside – Led by Chris & Malcolm

Chris writes:-
Nineteen walkers set off under a clear blue sky from the Tally Ho inn.  Our usual photo shoot at St James Weir was not possible this year due to a Sink Hole occurring at that very spot.
The annual coffee break at Exeter Quay was greatly enjoyed, sitting outside in the sunshine watching the swans on the river.
We then proceeded to walk back along the opposite side of the river to the Tally Ho Inn where we were welcomed by friendly staff and served an excellent lunch.

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Norma’s photos above         Wendy’s photos below

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Photos by Tony below

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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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