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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Wendy’s photos are shown above but click here to open original quality photos in a new window.

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2019-03-06 Coleton Fishacre & coast walk – Led by Norma

Photos this time by Helen and Norma, words by Norma.
Norma writes:-
After the atrocious weather the last few days, we were all expecting to get a soaking today as it was still pouring down at 9.15.!  But the rain stopped. Patches of blue sky appeared but with some ominous dark grey areas threatening…
We strolled down through NT Coleton Fishacre gardens admiring the many interesting Spring flowers and trees.
Fragrant Daphne and Viburnums,  magnificent Magnolias, Daffodils, Helibore, Azaleas, huge Rhododendron, amazing Bamboo and Dicksonia tree ferns…
At the bottom of the valley we accessed the coastal path and made our way westward…then zigzagging upwards through the trees and out on to the high open path. We made frequent stops to catch our breath and enjoy the fabulous views of Pudcombe Cove and cliffs far below and the rugged Mew Stone ahead.
Then upwards, flanked by beautiful gorse, to the fields. Along the lane and back down the driveway to Coleton.
After lunch, we toured the 1920’s Arts & Craft house – the country home of the D’oyly Carte with its elegant Art Deco interiors. And, guess what?  It hammered down. We were so lucky!!

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Above photos by Helen ……..Photos below by Norma (2 sets)

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2019-02-20 Dawlish Warren – Led by Christine

Christine led this walk and photos were taken by Norma.
Christine writes:-
Fourteen of us walked at Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.
We met at Henty Avenue and walked along the main road into Dawlish. We walked beside the stream, which runs through the town, looking at the black swans, geese and ducks. We walked over the railway bridge to Coryton Cove passing boat cove.
We then walked along the sea wall to Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. We popped into the Information Centre, to get some respite from the wind which was beginning to bite!
We walked through the wooded area of the nature reserve and on to Mount Pleasant Inn. Thirteen of us enjoyed lunch at the Inn. Maureen, David and Ernie joined us for lunch, it was good to see them.

The following stunning  photos of this walk were all taken by Norma, split into two sections to help the website run smoothly.

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Alan Carter

We were sad to hear that Alan died on Thursday 31st January from a long-standing chest infection..

Alan and his wife Daphne were for many years our group’s Walks Coordinaters.
Jenni and I first met Alan on a walk from Beesands to Start Point in May 2005 and right from the start he made us feel most welcome.
Alan showed a keen interest in my taking photographs during the walk and encouraged me to start a website for the Group which as you know has existed ever since.

Our thoughts are with Daphne at this sad time and wish her well