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Sunday 15th September



(from Philip)

Superb weather for the final leg of the Templer Way, led by Janice and Alan, from Newton Abbot (Town Quay) to Teignmouth. This section of the route runs mostly below the High Water Mark, finishing at the beach at Shaldon for the ferry to Teignmouth (and in our case, ice cream and a swim). Something a little different! Return from Teignmouth was by train.

Sunday September 1st, West Monkton (from Dave Edwardes, new member first walk)

The weather was perfect, a nice temperature with a cooling breeze, the company was delightful and I managed to get round most of the participants and have a chat. Evan did a great job welcoming me and the other newbies into the group, and in leading the walk. It was taken at a gentle pace, as there were a few testing hilly parts, but this suited the eclectic nature of the group. All in all, a lovely way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon.
Friday August 23rd, Burrowbridge (from Philip)

A good turnout for Colin and Heather's walk from Burrowbridge - a lovely evening and a good meal in the King Alfred afterwards.

Sunday August 11th, Exmoor (from Sue C-B)


Five minutes of sunshine as we crossed Badgworthy Water. Unfortunately most of the twelve and a half mile circular walk across the open moorland from Larkbarrow via Lannacombe and Warren Farm was in pouring rain.

Sunday August 4th Dartmoor (from Liz Gurney)


A wonderful Dartmoor walk led by our very knowledgeable guide Sally, with varied sights and scenery - and weather.

Friday 2nd August: Wadeford (from Philip B)


A lovely summer evening for a walk in equally pleasant surroundings - and a very nice meal in the pub afterwards!

Wednesday July 31st: Horner and Porlock (from John O)


One of the fine views on the chairman's recent walk from Horner. Most enjoyed a relaxed tea at the popular tea garden afterwards.

Sunday 21st July: Dorset Delights (from John O)
Golden Cap

There was a good turn -out for leader Colin Flood’s disclosed favourite walk on Sunday 21st July, and though a bit of sea mist covered our destination from time to time, t thankfully soon cleared and the majesty of Golden Cap could be enjoyed. Heading down to join the Coast Path from Stonebarrow Hill, Colin ,with his wife Heather as back stop led a slow but steady pace. At St Gabriels walkers could choose routes to the final ridge and summit now bathed in glorious sunshine. After much puffing and panting and a few stops for breath the flat dome of the highest point on the southern Coast Path was reached.
The route back to car park led by Upcot where a steady climb ensued. Many wild flowers were passed and a good supply of butterflies. Tea and ice creams were enjoyed on the return at the National Trust shop. A good walk !

Sunday 7th July, The Quantocks
The Quantocks

A lovely Quantocks walk through dappled green ferns and up a killer hill, expertly planned and led by Hazel. A quick photo opportunity in front of a field of yellow daisies and cornflowers on the return leg.

(Liz Gurney)

(Editor: I can only see one chap, brave fellow)

Sunday 7th July, Templar Way 2nd stage (from Philip B)

Templar Way

Tea stop

A second very enjoyable stage of this linear route, led by Janice and Alan. Participants are seen amidst some rather gritty surroundings at the stage end in Newton Abbot, and enjoying well-earned refreshment at Teign Bridge.

30 June: Montacute House (From Liz Gurney)

Perfect walking weather on the walk via Ham Hill and the Chinnocks. A brief stop to admire the hilltop views before heading back to Montecute House - thanks to Carol for organising a lovely route.

June 16th: Exmoor all day (from Kathy)
Exmoor loo

No pennies were spared in ensuring the all day walkers had every convenience when walking on Exmoor.

Sunday 26th May: The Templar Way stage 1 Haytor. (from Philip)

Lost dog


A very enjoyable first stage of the Templer Way, organised by Janice and Alan. Pictured here are the participants with Haytor in the background, plus remains of the Haytor Granite Tramway which forms much of the route. Also the happy moment when a lost dog was reunited with owner and 'friend' (thanks to the Knowles family).

Aller Sunday half-day walk 12 May

Gallox Hill

Twenty walkers enjoyed glorious weather for Michael Benison's led walk up to Aller Hill and the fine iron age site of Gallox Hill.

(John O)

Killerton Sunday May 12th

20 ramblers enjoyed a fine warm day wandering around the Killerton Estates in amongst an unexpected Classic Car Show, led by Jan. She even managed to permit the webmaster to indulge in his weakness for shandy at a welcoming village pub: can't do better than that.

Right: Marcus caught in a rare quiet contemplative moment, no doubt dreaming of which Classic Car he'd like to own.

Dartmoor: Sunday 7 April 2019 (photo from Sue)


Photo taken at the stone circle near Hound Tor on Dartmoor. An easy 11 ½ miles on a fine but cloudy day, including a new born Dartmoor foal on the road up from Widecombe in the Moor.

Sunday March 10th: Kilve


Lilstock church

Battling our way along the coast in gale force winds
(from Wendy, top photo)






And this from Bridget (bottom photo): 20 undaunted all day walkers plus 3 lively dogs braved fallen trees and flying debris on a glorious sunny but windy day. Lunch on the beach at Kilve was abandoned in favour of a more sheltered spot. Gusts of wind bowled us along the coast path to Lilstock, blowing some over into the field. At least one person was seen carrying a boulder to try add weight. This 2nd photo shows the peace found at the tiny St Andrews Church, Lilstock.

Sunday March 3rd: Tiverton (from Mike W)


Thanks to Richard for a lovely walk on Sunday afternoon at Tiverton, on a glorious Winter's day. Sadly only six people and a dog, turned up for this walk. Because of the morning rain, Richard decided to do a different walk, to that advertised, going out along the Canal and back along the disused railway track. This encouraged me to attempt my first full Ramblers walk, since my accident in September and I'm pleased to say, that I made it. Thanks again Richard.
We set off along the Canal in slightly overcast, but warm weather, but by half way, the sun had come out, with plenty of blue sky. Coming back along the old railway track, it was lovely seeing the sun shining through the trees and making patterns on the path in front of us. Because of the glorious weather, we encountered numerous walkers, runners and dog walkers on route.

Mike Whitmore

Sunday Feb 17th: From Swell Woods (pics from Dave P)

Drayton church

Stained glass




Leaders' discussion at Drayton Churchyard lunch stop, and below, inside the church.

Caption required?

Sunday May 18th: from Allerford (pic from Mike)


And a startled Liz on a very sunny walk.

Sunday May 13th: Glastonbury
Glastonbury Tor

This lovely 12.5 mile figure of eight walk, led by Daphne and Margaret, set out from the outskirts of Glastonbury. Initially following the River Brue through meadows to the Tor the 12 walkers then tackled the ascent after first sampling the water in the two springs at the base. All agreed the White Spring (chalk) was far nicer than the Red Spring (iron).

PS: Three bags of discarded plastic bottles, cans and other rubbish were collected from country lanes that we walked through.

(From Wendy)