It was a fine day for walking, mostly cool under a light overcast, but with periods of sunshine to to help us appreciate the stunning scenery of the Dart Valley.
Shirley and Ann led a good turnout of 16 walkers from Ashprington over the paths and meadows to Totnes, returning along parts of the newly constructed cycleways on the John Musgrave Trail.
Lunch was taken at the Durrant Arms.
Jenni and I first did this walk back in 2007 and I made a video from the photos I took. This time the views were so splendid that I took dozens of photographs which I have presented this time as a slideshow/video which you can see by clicking on the image below.
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And just in the interests of nostalgia, take a look at my original video made for the walk in November 2007.
On that occasion the walk was led by Dave & Maureen.
“A beautiful sunny morning walk from Ashprington along the River Dart to Totnes (where Ernie had to be forceably restrained from entering the Chip Shop) before returning to Ashprington for lunch at the Durrant Arms”
On a somewhat cool autumn morning, Jenni & Tony led 21 walkers from the Avon Mill Garden Centre on a delightful walk alongside the River Avon returning via the track of the dismantled railway line. The dull and overcast skies did not prevent us from enjoying the bright autumnal colours.
Loddiswell Station, on the now dismantled South Brent to Kingsbridge line, closed in 1963 after 70 years of operation. There is an excellent collection of photos together with a full history at this website
We last did this walk in 2008. You can watch the video of that walk below. Look out for Tim waving from the bridge and compare it with today’s photo at the same spot.
The weather was cold, the skies were overcast and visibility was poor, so many of the fine views we expected to see on this walk went unphotographed.
We did manage a bit of train-waving, so for this walk I have made a short movie instead of showing the photos. (Turn your sound on to hear the music)
Arthur led 17 walkers from Galmpton onto Churston Common with its well known windmill landmark, then down to Broadsands under Brunel’s railway viaduct.
Passing Elbury Cove we skirted the golf course and at Churston Court Arthur gave us an interesting commentary on the history of this ancient village.
Crossing the busy main road we went into the countryside above Lupton where normally we would have fine views toward Totnes.
After pausing to watch a passing steam train and some strange looking ducks we returned to the Manor Inn at Galmpton for lunch.
Here’s a video summarizing our walks in 2012.
Just a couple of photos for each walk, including those all important “Group Photos” !
My thanks to Maureen for taking photos for the walks I wasn’t on. If any walks are missing it is because no one took any photos!