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Trevor Preist

email: preist.exeter@gmail.com

I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the seven walks below for the period April – June and also to all those who led walks in the previous three month period.
The fact that additional walkers have offered to lead reflects the strength and enthusiasm of the group and it certainly makes the task of completing the programme much easier.

A pdf copy can be dowloaded here.

Trevor

March 2019


Please see the Walking Group section on the Newsletters and Archives page for an archive of previous newsletters.

Forthcoming Meetings

10:30 FRIDAY 29th MARCH

Longdown - Dunsford - 5/6 miles

A  Longdown to Dunsford re-run of my previous walk.

Meet my place for coffee 10.30. Walk to Dunsford for a pub lunch. I'll have a car there. Approx 5/6 miles with a couple of steep climbs. Visit Holcolme Burnell church on route.

Old Vicarage (second drive RHS)
Vicarage Lane, (approx 1/4 mile past Lamb Inn on right )
Longdown EX6 7SW.
Plenty of parking. Tel 811261
Approx 1/4 mile past Lamb Inn turn R.

David Kernick

10:30 Wednesday 3rd April

Circular walk from River Teign - 5 miles

PACKED LUNCH REQUIRED

Start: Steps Bridge Car Park. OS Explorer Grid Ref: SX 803 884  Distance: 5 miles

Circular walk to Bridford & back.

Christine

10:30 Monday 15th April

Otterton Circular walk - 7 miles

PACKED LUNCH REQUIRED

Packed lunch with option of tea/coffee and cakes at Otterton Mill at the end of the walk.

Meet on The Green in Otterton. Park along the main road or up by the church. Parking may be difficult so allow time to find a space.
We take the road to Stantyway Farm, coastal path to Ladram Bay, steepish climb up High Peak, inland to Peak Hill car park, on to Mutters Moor, long descent to Colaton Raleigh, gentle walk back along the river to Otterton. Boots and poles recommended.
We do know the best route now and won’t take the group through a stream!
Pam & Doug

10:15 Wednesday 1st May

Avon Valley, South Hams - 8 miles

PACKED LUNCH REQUIRED

Meet at the toilet block (by the entrance) to the car park at Bantham Sands (TQ7 3AN, map OL20 SX 6636 4367) at 10:15 am. 
According to Google, it takes about an hour to get from Exeter to Bantham ... add 50% to be safe!

There is a parking charge for the car park (£6 in 2018). We will take the ferry (fee £3 per person in 2018) across the river (it only runs between 10am and 11am and again in the afternoon).

Walk the Avon Valley in the South Hams, about 8 miles. There are a few moderate climbs and stretches may be muddy.
Follow the waymarked path on the west side of the valley to Aveton Gifford, cross the river by the bridge and return on the east side of the valley.
Anyone with spare energy may enjoy the circular walk from Bantham along the coast to Thurlestone church and back over the ridge (another 2.5 miles) in the afternoon.
In view of the distance, and the need to pay for parking at Bantham, share cars if at all possible.
David S

10:30 Monday 13th May

Circular walk from Stockland - 8 miles

PACKED LUNCH REQUIRED

Meet at Stockland Village Hall, (OS116: 245046); there is a carpark in the village. This is a circular walk through farmland crossing the Yarty River a couple of times, Beckford Bridge, Heathstock, Ford Farm, then returning to the start through lanes and across fields.  Just one so-so uphill section!
Sara

10:30 Wednesday 22nd May

Circular walk from Manaton Church - 6 miles

A walk from Manaton Church car park (SX749813) via Hayne Down, Bowerman's Nose, Hound Tor, Medieval Village, Leighon and back to Manaton. This would be about 6 miles
Judy

10:30 Tuesday 11th June

Quantocks - 8/9 miles

PACKED LUNCH (&TEA?!) REQUIRED

A walk in the Quantocks.  Meet Lydeard Hill carpark (OS140: 180338).
Postcode for satnav TA4 3DY.  See the pdf file for travel hints.

Packed lunch required (and possibly packed tea? as it will be nearer 5 hours than 4)
8-9 miles with some climbs (one long), on paths, minor roads and tracks.

From the car park at Lydeard Hill we climb Middle Hill and follow forest tracks in The Slades, then through Quantock Combe and Rams Combe to the Quantock ridge at Crowcombe.
Return via Great Hill and Triscombe to Wills Nick (the highest point in the Quantocks).

Flora and David S

10:30 Wednesday 26th June

Parke, Bovey Tracey - 6 miles

PACKED LUNCH REQUIRED

Meet at 10.30 in the car park at Parke, NT estate just on the edge of Bovey Tracey in the direction of Haytor. Approximately 6 miles very pleasant walk around the estate, through woods, and over the river Bovey. Not too strenuous but trekking poles might be useful. Bring a picnic lunch, there is also a café near the car park. There might be a charge for parking, but not for NT members if you bring your membership card.
Edward



Reports - 2019

May Day 2019 – Avon Estuary Walk
Avon Valley Nine of us gathered at Bantham for a walk along the Avon Valley led by David and Tina Smith. The forecast was mixed but at 10 am the scene was idyllic. Everything was still, with sunshine through the haze and a few sailors loitering outside the Sailing Club at low tide (waiting for opening time?).
The ferryman (part-time) arrived to take us across to the Bigbury side and the view of Burgh Island - he could only carry five at a time so a second trip was necessary,
The path took us up the side of the valley, steep in parts, and eventually we were above the meandering river with stunning views towards Aveton Gifford., our halfway point and the first bridge across the river. The sides of the valley had some, but not much, cultivation. Not many signs of habitation either other than the itinerant golfers on the long thin course.

Avon ValleyWe dropped towards the river and then climbed back up to the reassuring news from David that there was only one more (less steep) climb. Judy & Nigel, keen naturalists were quick to point out interesting moths, butterflies and beetles and the absence of livestock (apart from one field with a lot of calves) meant that we saw plenty of wild orchids.
The return on the other side involved an initial steady climb but then it was a more direct contour route back, high above the river, which now covered all the previously exposed sand banks.
Back at Bantham beach which has retained its natural state with the only concession to consumerism a Gastro-bus (happily open) and later in the season a pop-up Surf Shop hiring boards and giving lessons. After refreshing tea & coffee we were on our way home meeting the first rain of the day.
Many thanks to David and Tina for such a wonderful walk and day out. They had researched the walk last year and full details and photographs are available on http://www.geograph.org.uk/geotrips/1378
Trevor