Wayward Wanderers Walking Group

Puncknowle-Chilcombe W. Dorset

July 02, 2017, prb, Comments: 2

Brilliant sun but a cooling breeze.   Perfect walking weather. Read more



Broadhembury- DSGC Glider Field

May 21, 2017, prb, Comments: 3

Lovely afternoon, lovely views, and excellent hospitality at the Glider Club Read more



Drakeford Bridge - Water

May 07, 2017, prb, Comments: 1

Warm afternoon; good attendance; lovely walk Read more



Morchard Road-Down St Mary (the long way round)

April 23, 2017, prb, Comments: 1

Pleasant, dry and warm afternoon. Read more



Bowd Inn, Sidmouth-Mutters Moor

March 26, 2017, prb, Comments: 2

Beautiful afternoon for Mothers' Day - - - and walking! Read more



Colaton Raleigh-Stowford-Hawkerland

March 12, 2017, prb, Comments: 1

Programmed South Brent walk cancelled, so this one instead Read more



Exton-Woodbury-Ebford

February 26, 2017, prb, Comments: 0

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Stoke Canon-River Exe

February 12, 2017, prb, Comments: 0

With the leader who loses gloves..... Read more



Colaton Raleigh - Stowford

January 31, 2017, prb, Comments: 0

Walk cancelled Read more



Sidford-Sweetcombe-Buckley

January 15, 2017, prb, Comments: 2

A dull but mild day, albeit rather windy Read more



Ottery Xmas Circular 2016

December 11, 2016, prb, Comments: 1

A bright sunny afternoon for the pre-Xmas walk from Ottery Read more



Colyton-Seaton Junction

November 27, 2016, prb, Comments: 0

Cloudy but less cold than of late Read more



Whimple and its Environs

November 14, 2016, prb, Comments: 0

Fine day and fine views Read more



South Zeal and Cosdon Hill

October 02, 2016, prb, Comments: 3

A very varied walk with some splendid views Read more



East Budleigh-Kersbrook-White Bridge

September 18, 2016, prb, Comments: 1

Unfamiliar paths through fairly familiar territory Read more



Otterton and River Otter

September 04, 2016, prb, Comments: 2

For today's walk we met in Maunders Hill, off Otterton's main street.  With a good turnout - most members being back from holidays or not yet left, we were pleased to welcome Lyndy, a prospective member, to try us out.   


We first headed southwards, taking a lane westwards off Maunders Hill that curved round until we were walking directly above the east bank of the River Otter, visible from time to time through the trees.   This mostly surfaced track gave us easy walking, passing through the old pillars which may have marked a boundary of Otterton Park.  Research online suggests that, at the Dissolution (1540), the Manor of Otterton was purchased by Richard Duke from Henry VIII, and was owned by the Duke family until 1786. The last male Duke was going to build a house in Otterton Park, east of Clamour Bridge. While the entrance pillars were erected, sadly he fell off his horse and died before the house was built. 

We continued southwards until we reached White Bridge.  Here we crossed over the river and then turned northwards along the familiar path along the western bank of the river.  Making good time, we soon covered the length of the river back to Otterton Bridge, noting as we went the vast swathes of Himalayan Balsam coating the river bank and preventing views of the river in many places due to its height. 

At Otterton Mill some were tempted to stop for refreshments there and then, but most continued on for the final loop of the walk.  This entailed taking the path northwards that leads off through the village green opposite Maunders Hill.   This climbed up past cottages to start with, but then levelled out as it entered a field and gave us some good views towards the coast behind us.  We took this field path to its northern limit where we took the relatively recently built wooden footbridge back over the river to its west bank.   Here we turned south and made our way back to Otterton, pausing to inspect the fish pass sited in the river about 300m north of the village.




Back at the mill, we decided to end the walk with some refreshment. Sitting outside, safe under a brolly in case the forecast rain started, we enjoyed our cream teas and toasted tea cakes and some good yarning.  This convivial ending rounded off a very pleasant afternoon, for which we have our leaders Frances and Malcolm to thank.  In total we covered 4.7 miles.  The track has been uploaded to GPSies and can be viewed at:

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=ahtrckmcaimdtevu



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Okehampton-Sticklepath

August 07, 2016, prb, Comments: 1

Belstone Cleave, Simmons Park and Waterwheels Read more



Smedmore-Kimmeridge

July 25, 2016, prb, Comments: 0

Stunning views but low cloud got in the way on the day. Read more



Shaldon-Stokeinteignhead

June 26, 2016, prb, Comments: 5

Rain held off - for almost all of this varied and strenuous walk.   Read more



Seaton Junction - Shute House

June 13, 2016, prb, Comments: 3

Lovely afternoon after the shower but pathetic turnout Read more



Stockland-Rower Fort

May 15, 2016, prb, Comments: 3

A perfect afternoon, rounded off with an open air cream tea Read more



Moretonhampstead-Cranbrook Castle

May 01, 2016, prb, Comments: 2

Overcast but the forecast rain kept off...mostly Read more



Branscombe-Beer

April 17, 2016, prb, Comments: 3

Lovely afternoon - just right for walking Read more



Rawridge-Hartridge

April 03, 2016, prb, Comments: 2

Originally today's walk was to have been led by Margaret T, so that when she called off sick the outing looked to be in jeopardy.   So we are particularly grateful to Phil and Vanessa for gallantly stepping into the breach.  


There was a further potential obstacle to the walk proceeding  - the weather forecast of rain for the afternoon.  But miraculously, by the end of the morning it became apparent that the rain bearing-clouds would be veering off to the west of Hartridge.  

Thus, a small group of us met by the phone box in Rawridge at 1.30pm.  One of those showing up was a guest, Mike.  He had walked with us a couple of times before, a few years ago, and we are pleased that he saw fit to give the group another try.

From the meet point we took the field on the west side of the road and went down to the River Otter, crossing it by a conveniently located wooden footbridge. 

 
After crossing the next field we left it in its far corner and joined a track that very soon led us past a sizable holiday chalet complex.  After passing their fishing lakes,.......


.........we approached what is shown on the map as Whippins Cottage but which is now Hartridge Buddhist Monastery.

We skirted the main building, taking a path to the right that very soon started climbing steeply, through the monastery's grounds,and onto a lane at the top of Hartridge.   After a pause here to admire the view across the valley towards Luppitt, .........


..........we dropped down the west side of the ridge, crossed another lane and soon after joined another of these north-south lanes.

We headed north on this, soon to encounter Hillend Farm, where the farmer's wife shepherded us through the farmstead's curtilage, carefully making sure her two large black dogs did not run off as we passed through the pair of gates bounding the yard. 

Continuing north along broadly the same contour we passed through a field of interested and possibly pregnant sheep........

 
..........and then encountered a treehouse.........

 
..........and kiddies' play area.  The next point of interest was Mathayes Farm, the home of the Otter Brewery.  Our path took us above the farm complex and gave us a good view of their curved green roofed eco-cellar facility and a developing ornamental garden. 


From here we turned west and steeply downhill until we reached Turfhouse, a property in a densely wooded and rather boggy area through which we very carefully proceeded to make our way.   Dammit, the boots will need cleaning again after this!  

Having come to the end of this damp area we emerged onto open heathland, and were faced with a steep climb back up to the top of the ridge. Eventually the slope slackened off and we joined a lane at a point about 150m east of the road running between Honiton and Smeatharpe near Jack's House.

This was the furthest point of the walk.  The return leg started with some extensive and uneventful road walking on which we made good progress. We continued generally southwards and after a total of about 1.7 miles  we reached a track on our left near Hillend Farm.  This track led us across some open access land leading us gently downhill, until we came to a permissive track near Odle's Farm, one of two more holiday cottage properties in this area.   

Our route from here was now mostly gently downhill and took us past the rear of the first holiday complex we had passed on our outward route.  After this we crossed some grassy fields and returned to the wooden footbridge over the Otter we had used on our outward route.

And so we made it back to the cars.  This area is remarkably unspoiled and has some glorious views and wonderful countryside to enjoy, so it was a walk not to miss.  It included some steep climbs and was rather longer than the older ones among us had covered at one time this year so far, so should help build our fitness back up to summer levels.  Our thanks go to Margaret T for introducing us to this walk and especially to Phil and Vanessa for taking it over at short notice.  

The route extended to 6.4 miles apart from the member who realised after crossing the Otter that he had left is day-sac in the car.  He ended up doing 6.9 miles.   

The track has been uploaded to GPSies and can be found at:

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=vevxeacytbqjezbt







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Lyme Regis-Uplyme

March 20, 2016, prb, Comments: 2

A varied and interesting walk Read more



Killerton

March 06, 2016, prb, Comments: 1

Mothering Sunday conflict Read more



Branscombe-Berry Camp-Street

February 21, 2016, prb, Comments: 0

And it is still muddy....... Read more



Colyton

February 07, 2016, prb, Comments: 0

Walk cancelled. Read more



West Hill-Venn Ottery-Fluxton

January 24, 2016, prb, Comments: 1

A good turnout for the first proper walk of 2016 Read more



Treasure Hunt 2016 - Taunton

January 10, 2016, prb, Comments: 0

A treasure hunt or a walking cryptic crossword? Read more



Otterton-Brandy Head-Stantyway

December 27, 2015, prb, Comments: 0

Blowing the Christmas cobwebs away Read more



Ottery Mince Pie Walk

December 13, 2015, prb, Comments: 1

Another grey day - but at least it was dry Read more



Exeter Arena - Pinbrook

November 15, 2015, prb, Comments: 0

Exploring some hidden corners on the northern edge of Exeter Read more



Teignmouth-Dawlish Warren

November 01, 2015, prb, Comments: 2

A re-run of a walk done last year, but this time along the now-reopened sea wall path. Read more



Tipton St John-Southerton

October 18, 2015, prb, Comments: 1


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Kilmington (Roman Road) - Beckford Bridge

October 04, 2015, prb, Comments: 2

Weather on the change after our Indian summer, but still dry Read more



Churston to Greenway

September 29, 2015, prb, Comments: 0

Brilliant day - Indian summer - & brilliant walk Read more



Sandford and about

August 30, 2015, prb, Comments: 1

The Sandford Scarecrows - and I don't mean my walking companions! Read more



South Brent-Corringdon Ball-Shipley Bridge-Didworthy

August 16, 2015, prb, Comments: 0

Overcast but pleasantly  warm Read more



Symondsbury and Colmers Hill

July 05, 2015, prb, Comments: 3

Stunning walk and stunning weather Read more



Bradninch Circular

June 08, 2015, prb, Comments: 2

Glorious views on a brilliantly clear and warm afternoon
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Bickleigh-Kingdom's Corner-Cadeleigh

May 24, 2015, prb, Comments: 3

A strenuous walk amid stunning countryside.  And we avoided (almost all) the rain.  Read more



Blackbury Castle-Branscombe

May 10, 2015, prb, Comments: 4

It's always an adventure with Phil leading! Read more



Newton St Cyres-Efford-Wyke Hill

April 26, 2015, prb, Comments: 0

Nobody told me Bernaville had two cafes! Read more



Abbeyfield House, Combe Raleigh - Dumpdon Hill

April 12, 2015, prb, Comments: 2

A shortish but strenuous walk to the top of Dumpdon Hill Read more



Walking in Devon

March 23, 2015, prb, Comments: 0


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Bystock Ponds-East Budleigh

March 22, 2015, prb, Comments: 2

The first outing for a while - and a good one. Read more



Devon and Somerset GC-Sheldon Forest

February 15, 2015, prb, Comments: 1

A good turnout with several new members and guests Read more



Donkey Sanctuary-Salcombe Regis-Weston Mouth

February 01, 2015, prb, Comments: 2

Yet another afternoon with sunny weather, albeit this time with a bitingly cold wind Read more



January 2015 Treasure Hunt - Teignmouth

January 18, 2015, prb, Comments: 2

Baffling Brian baffles again! Read more



Silverton Circular

January 04, 2015, prb, Comments: 4

A short walk for a short afternoon Read more



White Bridge-Otterton Mill

December 21, 2014, prb, Comments: 3

A short walk for the shortest day Read more



Ottery Mince Pie Walk 2014

December 14, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

The tradition continues....... Read more



Colaton Raleigh-Dotton-Hawkerland

December 07, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

A pleasant winter afternoon's amble through the East Devon countryside Read more



Exmouth-Sandy Bay

November 23, 2014, prb, Comments: 2

A bright afternoon, a respite from the recent wet weather- but probably only a brief one. Read more



Woodbury Common

November 10, 2014, prb, Comments: 2

A welcome sunny break in the spell of wet weather Read more



Musbury

October 27, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

A walk out of our usual area Read more



Newbridge-Ponsworthy-Dr Blackall's Drive

October 12, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

Dry but cloudy.  Beautiful autumn leaves. Read more



Lustleigh-Hunters Tor-Foxworthy-Pethybridge

September 28, 2014, prb, Comments: 2

Welcome return to a much-loved moorland fringe area Read more



Exmouth-Topsham

September 14, 2014, prb, Comments: 0

Another linear walk Read more



Bulls in Fields

September 09, 2014, prb, Comments: 0

An Update Read more



Culmstock-Black Down Common

August 31, 2014, prb, Comments: 0

Beautiful late summer's afternoon Read more



Five Years Old

August 24, 2014, prb, Comments: 2

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Around Aylesbeare

August 17, 2014, prb, Comments: 4

Nice afternoon.  Shame about the tea leaves Read more



Ashclyst Forest

August 03, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

A walk sheltered from the sun


Following the explicit instructions supplied by our leaders, we assembled at the Forest Gate car park for what was described as ‘a walk in verdant, cool and shady Ashclyst Forest’ and certainly this was an accurate description.


We set off towards Newland Brakes and from there took paths just inside the perimeter of the forest, checking our route using the note written by our leaders on a waymark post at a confusing junction.  A short while later, no such note had been written on a subsequent post, and we made an unscheduled detour along one of the myriad paths crisscrossing Ashclyst Forest.


On a number of these paths very boggy patches were encountered, but fortunately, all were negotiated without incident, as were the fallen trees, evidence of the many storms over the last winter.


Towards the end of our walk, a huge pile of tree trunks provided the opportunity for a group photo, the adjacent track giving us one of the few distant views on this woodland walk. 




After continuing along wide and often muddy tracks, we followed the quiet forest road back to the cars, and a few minutes later met again at the courtyard of Killerton House where tea and cakes were enjoyed by all.




This cottage was hidden within the forest


Our thanks go to Debbie and Brian for this walk in parts of the forest most of us had never walked before.


We walked a total of 3.9 miles, and the track can be seen at:


http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=bzjrjqdnmejrrdhy


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Littleham Church-Sandy Bay-Exmouth

July 20, 2014, prb, Comments: 1


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Watcombe-Torquay

July 06, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

Beating the heavy showers forecast - almost! Read more



Holcombe Rogus-Hockworthy

June 22, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

Hot sun and bull trouble Read more



Dalwood-Heathstock-Beckford Bridge

June 08, 2014, prb, Comments: 2

Let down by the weather Read more



Teignmouth-Dawlish Warren

June 01, 2014, prb, Comments: 2

Unusually for us, a one-way walk Read more



Forest Glade-Blackborough-Gliding Club

May 25, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

Robin's Roundabout Ramble Read more



Newton St Cyres-Waddles Down

May 11, 2014, prb, Comments: 0

Forecast showers avoided - mostly... Read more



Blackbury Castle

April 27, 2014, prb, Comments: 1


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Cotleigh-Hayne Farm

April 13, 2014, prb, Comments: 1

A good turnout for a local walk Read more



Murchington-Gidleigh

March 30, 2014, prb, Comments: 2

A wonderful afternoon....one of the joys of spring Read more



Woodbury-Woodbury Salterton-Woodbury Park

March 23, 2014, prb, Comments: 4

An extra walk added to the programme Read more



Bickleigh Mill and Bickleigh Castle

March 16, 2014, prb, Comments: 3


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Wheddon Cross-Snowdrop Valley

February 16, 2014, prb, Comments: 0

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Otterton-White Bridge-Stantyway

February 02, 2014, prb, Comments: 4

Another rare dry sunny day for this late replacement walk Read more



2014 Treasure Hunt-Cullompton

January 20, 2014, prb, Comments: 0

Brilliant sunshine  - for a change Read more



Lympstone Amble

December 15, 2013, prb, Comments: 0

The forecast proved right - more's the pity! Read more



Mince Pie Walk 2013, Ottery St Mary

December 08, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

The tradition continues.... Read more



Woodbury-Exton

November 24, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

A cloudy and cold afternoon, but we were warmer at the end Read more



Colaton Raleigh Church-Hawkerland-Stowford

November 17, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

A local route for a dull afternoon Read more



Abbotsbury Castle-Hardy's Monument-Abbotsbury

November 10, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

A trip out of our normal territory Read more



Crediton-West Sandford-Moorlake

October 27, 2013, prb, Comments: 0

Yet again, the rain held off until the return car journey home Read more



Hound Tor - Haytor

October 13, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

Some have racing pigeons;  we have racing women........ Read more



Tottiford and Trenchford Reservoirs

September 29, 2013, prb, Comments: 0

Unappealing dull weather, so few walkers Read more



Bicton Common-Woodbury Common

September 15, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

Took a chance on the forecast - stayed mostly good Read more



Wootton Courtenay-Dunster

September 01, 2013, prb, Comments: 3

Out of area; out of range Read more



Smeatharpe-Hartsmoor Bridge-Gotleigh Moor

August 18, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

The showers held off for the walk. Read more



Kenton-Black Forest

August 05, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

Undeterred by the rainy forecast! Read more



Hammerslake -Water - Lustleigh

July 22, 2013, prb, Comments: 0


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Stockland-Broadhayes

June 23, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

Call this Midsummer? Read more



Otterton-High Peak

June 20, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

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Two Bridges-Wistman's Wood

June 09, 2013, prb, Comments: 3

The moor at its best Read more



Broadsands-Greenway

May 26, 2013, prb, Comments: 3

A rarely visited area Read more



Blackborough-Ponchydown

May 12, 2013, prb, Comments: 3

Or, the Steptoe Experience....... Read more



Churchinford-Otterhead-Howstead

April 28, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

It was wishful thinking to describe it as a Bluebell Walk  Read more



Hartridge-Luppitt-Hensemoor

April 14, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

Some might say this was the back of beyond Read more



Tarka Line Walks Launch

April 06, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

A group outing with the train taking the strain..... Read more



Powderham-Kenton-Starcross

March 24, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

Cold dreary grey weather did not deter some.........


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Ashcombe-Ideford-Luton

March 17, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

Unexpectedly pleasant afternoon Read more



Hemyock-Dunkeswell Abbey

March 10, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

Rain and blizzard mar good short walk Read more



Princetown-Sth Hessary Tor-Bullpark

March 03, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

"A good blow" Read more



Churchinford-Otterhead

February 24, 2013, prb, Comments: 4

Another out-of-county walk Read more



Smallridge Circular

February 17, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

Glorious Day; New Area; Muddy Conditions Read more



Exe Bird-Watching Cruise

February 10, 2013, prb, Comments: 1


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Great Haldon and Harcombe

February 03, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

Some welcomes in order Read more



Ottery-Feniton-Taleford

January 27, 2013, prb, Comments: 0

The forecast of showers proved to be wrong- which was good! Read more



Woodbury Common

January 22, 2013, prb, Comments: 2

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Jan 2013 Treasure Hunt-Dawlish

January 13, 2013, prb, Comments: 0

The great teaser strikes again! Read more



Newton Poppleford Circular

January 06, 2013, prb, Comments: 1

The first walk of 2013 Read more



Mince Pie Stroll 2012 & GPSies.com

December 16, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Walk cancelled but mince pies enjoyed! Read more



Tower View-Offwell Wood-Offwell

December 09, 2012, prb, Comments: 2

A pre-pre-Xmas stroll Read more



Bowd-Harpford-Tipton-Fire Beacon

December 02, 2012, prb, Comments: 2

After the floods...... Read more



Thorverton-Raddon Hills

November 18, 2012, prb, Comments: 2

Unusually, another fine and sunny afternoon for our walk Read more



Kentisbeare-Orway-Saint Hill

November 11, 2012, prb, Comments: 2

Sunny, cold, and muddy Read more



Colyton-Pratts Hill-Holyford

October 28, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Good turnout for first walk of the winter period Read more



Meldon Reservoir-Black-a-Tor Copse

September 30, 2012, prb, Comments: 3

After assembling at the Meldon Reservoir car park, we set off down the slope and almost immediately across the Meldon Reservoir dam.  Here we could not avoid the keen wind blowing down the reservoir towards us, which appeared to make some curious striations on the surface of the water.  


 On the other side of the dam we took the well defined path along the east bank  of the reservoir, but after a few hundred metres we turned uphill, starting a stiff climb up towards the ridge line of Longstone Hill.   On the way we encountered a herd  of Dartmoor ponies, including one particularly friendly foal.  



Once the ridge had been reached we turned south, and into the full force of the punishing wind, its power such as to render conversation almost impossible.  Most of this section of the route was along a well-defined stony track, but in places it got a little boggy and the rocky surface rather more broken up, which would make it difficult for even  a 4x4 to travel on it all the way.

Eventually we reached Black Tor.  



We decided to turn down the slope  to the right just before the Tor to find a relatively easy route down to the course of the West Okement River, because beyond the tor the slope gets much more difficult to walk down. 

 

Safely down by the river, we turned south and into the near end of Black-a-Tor Copse.   This strip of ancient high altitude oak wood is a National Nature Reserve and SSSI, of particular importance for its microclimate which enables many species of rare mosses and lichen to flourish.   It is a closely packed wood of stunted oaks growing through a very rocky ground, with green moss clothing the rocks, and lichens abounding on the trees.   



Some in the group thought it may have been the home of hobbits in the past, but it has not been possible to find any corroboration for that view. 

We scrambled over the boulders and rocks along the river bank to go further into the Copse, but after having obtained a reasonable sense of its uniqueness, rather than continue to the end, we backtracked and then started on our return leg.   

This route, following closely the line of the Okement, proved to be particularly boggy and by the end almost all of us had some moisture in our boots.

We passed a walled and wooded enclosure containing a small pond through which the Okement flows, and housing what appears to be a flow metering station for the reservoir downstream.  Continuing on down beyond this, we eventually came to the top end of the reservoir.   The remainder of our route followed the stony path along the eastern bank, the west bank now being denied walkers by a lack of agreement between the landowner and the authorities over continuing permissive access.   

Eventually we rejoined our outward route, crossing back over the dam and returning to the cars.  This was not a long walk, at only about 4.9 miles, but in view of the participants' general lack of fitness, the quite arduous climbs and the rocky nature of much of the terrain, coupled with the battering we took from the strong wind, we all felt we had done enough to blow out the cobwebs.   Our thanks go to Sue for finding the route and leading it, and ensuring that we did something to break the decline in fitness brought on by the poor weather this summer.  

The track has been uploaded to GPSies and can be found via this link:



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Newbridge-Leusdon-Bel Tor Common

September 16, 2012, prb, Comments: 1

Really varied walk with excellent views Read more



Whimple-Aunk-Clyst St.Lawrence

August 26, 2012, prb, Comments: 0


We started off from the Thirsty Farmer in Whimple by taking a footpath between the houses and across fields.  


Our first problem came when trying to cross a field of maize which had been sown across the footpath.  Having eventually found our way to the other side of the field we had to find the footpath again.  Luckily our leaders had done a recce of the walk recently and were able to take us to where the stile and bridge over the stream were hidden in the undergrowth, and after a bit of nettle-bashing we saw the stile and our way ahead. 


Unfortunately as soon as we had crossed the stream we found ourselves ankle deep in mud. 




 However we ploughed on across fields and through many boggy areas until we reached the road to Aunk. We then took another footpath across wet fields to Little Silver.   



From there we continued for a very short distance on the road before taking to fields again to eventually reach Clyst St. Lawrence, where we ruefully checked our muddy boots and trousers.  


However, undeterred, we carried on past some very unsightly pylons littering the fields ........



...........until we had to make a diversion from a flooded footpath.  Luckily our efficient leaders had expected the problem and found a way around it, only the find this path also flooded,.........


 ........but at least we were able to walk on the very boggy bank alongside coming out at Knowle Cross from where it was a short distance along the road and back to Whimple.


Thanks for this walk go to Sara- Jane and Tony.  There seems little doubt that they now assume the mudmeister title for their sterling work in designing the walk to maximise its wet and muddy stretches.   


The route walked has been uploaded to GPSies and can be viewed by following this link:


http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=sdngdrnmzrqnvlpe



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Woodbury-Woodbury Common

July 22, 2012, prb, Comments: 1

One of the warmest days this year Read more



Sampford Peverell-Tiverton Canal

July 15, 2012, prb, Comments: 2

A 4 mile walk that turned out to be 6.7 miles - Underestimation! Read more



Killerton Evening Walk

July 13, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Short walk done on Wednesday evening 11th July 2012 Read more



Otter Inn, Colaton Raleigh Circular

June 27, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Walk in the gathering misty gloom of an evening in June of 2012 Read more



Otterton Mill-R Otter-Coast Path

June 17, 2012, prb, Comments: 1

A welcome break in the unremitting gloom of June Read more



Tipton St John-Southerton

May 31, 2012, prb, Comments: 1

A gentle summer evening's stroll Read more



Staverton-Dartington

May 20, 2012, prb, Comments: 2

Steam trains and gorgeous gardens Read more



Uffculme-Culmstock

May 16, 2012, prb, Comments: 2

A bright afternoon for a level walk done on Sunday 13th May Read more



Ottery St Mary-Taleford

April 15, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Fine Weather, but a cool wind Read more



Charmouth-Morcombelake

April 01, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Weather stunning; walk first rate; absentee leader Read more



Eggesford-Chawleigh

March 25, 2012, prb, Comments: 2

Outstandingly lovely Spring day Read more



Sidbury-Fire Beacon

March 18, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Luckily the showers kept away and we mostly enjoyed sun......... Read more



Offwell-Townshayne Farm

March 11, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

A splendid day for a walk
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Littleham Church-West Down Beacon

March 05, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

This walk took place on a sunny afternoon, but a cold one, a sharp northerly wind keeping things fresh.  From Littleham Church the route headed north to join the disused railway track, then east along it until the western outskirts of Budleigh were reached.


The next leg was southwards, across part of the East Devon Golf Course, to the Coast Path at West Down Beacon.   The route continued south-westwards along the Coast Path to the Sandy Bay Holiday Park.  It continued along the Coast Path through the Holiday Park and onwards to Orcombe Point, and then on to the eastern outskirts of Exmouth, and the junction of Maer Road and Maer Lane.  

The group then doubled back up Maer Lane, north-eastwards for some 500m.  The route then left the road and struck off northwards on a path, across Littleham Brook, and then to another path heading eastwards, at first past the ends of some  rear gardens, and then into open fields, to pass close to Green Farm, and soon thereafter back to Littleham village and the start.

The walk extended to 7.1 miles, and all done at a cracking pace.   The group's thanks go to Tricia for taking the lead.  The route  can be viewed by going to the following link:



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Uplowman-Whitnage

February 26, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Lovely sun, but much mud....for some especially..... Read more



Dunsford-Heltor Rock

February 19, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Good crowd; good weather Read more



Upton Pyne-Brampford Speke-Cowley

February 14, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

A winter mudfest....... Read more



Feniton Village-Buckerell-Cheriton

January 29, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Will the rain and snow keep off? Read more



Lyme Regis Treasure Hunt

January 16, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Yet another of Brian's Machiavellian brain twisters Read more



Knowle, East Budleigh Common

January 16, 2012, prb, Comments: 0

Belated note on our 8 January walk Read more



OSM Xmas Mince Pie Amble 2011

December 11, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Short walk, made shorter by heavy rain.........we were soaked! Read more



Watcombe-Maidencombe

December 04, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

Led by the lady who loves hills.... Read more



Moretonhampstead-Mardon Down

December 02, 2011, prb, Comments: 0


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Stoke Hill-Upton Pyne

November 20, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Another unseasonably warm and sunny afternoon Read more



Lapford-Filleigh

November 13, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

Unseasonably warm day; unspoilt countryside Read more



Morchard Road-Down St Mary area

October 30, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

A fall, a blister, and too much mud Read more



Symondsbury-Chideock-Eype

October 23, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

A varied and attractive part of West Dorset  Read more



Broadclyst-Columbjohn

October 16, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

....and Killerton's Apple Day Read more



Bude-Widemouth Bay

October 09, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

A rare, if not our only, trip into Cornwall Read more



Dawlish towards Mamhead

October 03, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Abnormal October weather.  Glorious! Read more



Uffculme-Culmstock

September 18, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

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Torcross-Stokenham-Beeson

September 11, 2011, prb, Comments: 0


Surprisingly, after the drive from Exeter by different routes, two of the cars travelling arrived at the parking point in Dockey Lane at exactly the same time.  Having booted up, we headed to the beach for our picnic lunch while we waited for those travelling direct to arrive.   Within 10 minutes, however, the whole group had assembled, and lunch was consumed.   In the light of Friday's forecast of high winds and torrential rain, none of us expected to be sitting on the beach in the sun, and all were commenting about how lucky we were with the weather.  Not so fast! With that the heavens opened and we  hastily retrieved our weatherproofs!   

Lunch thus curtailed, henceforth comments about the weather were much less in evidence.   Having said that, as it turned out we completed the walk without any further rain, so in reality it all ended well.   

The walk started with a stiff climb up a flight of steps alongside the cottage nearest the cliff edge.   Soon the views opened out.  This is a shot over Slapton Ley.  


 The climb continued until we had skirted the disused Beesands quarry, almost 0.75 miles from the start, when we started descending down alongside the south face of the old quarry.    This is a view in the other direction towards Start Point, Widdicombe Ley being the lake in the foreground. 



 Before  reaching sea level, we diverted off the coast path onto another one that took us west and then northwards to pass close to Widdicombe House.   Sooon afterwards we hit a road, taking that as far as Mottiscombe Cross.  Here we headed down a farm track to the yard of Motticombe Farm.   On reaching the farmyard, however, it was realised that the byway we needed had been missed and we then had to backtrack.  Back at the crossroads it was obvious why we had missed the route - the finger post had been knocked over and was lying flat on the ground.

Firmly back on track, we soon saw the village of Stokenham as it came into view on the other side of the valley.  Here we walked past the pub..........

........ - to the dismay of some - and into the church next door.   The group variously studied the artefacts inside, or looked at the gravestones in the cemetery outside.  


After this pause we left the village on the Frittiscombe road, to then turn off to the left onto a field path.  This soon led us through the middle of a large field of maize nearing maturity that, despite our elevation, completely closed off our views.   Eventually we emerged at Coleridge Cross, and here we took to another byway that led us gently downhill to Chillington.   A meander through a small modern housing development led us to a path around the back of some bungalows and up past an apple orchard and into Great Hill Wood.  This wood, owned by the Woodland Trust, was planted only in the late 90s and already the tree cover is quite dense.   Conditions here must favour tree growing.   

While in the wood we found a conveniently placed bench seat, where we paused for a snack and a drink.  Break over, we exitted the wood near its top end.  Our route then took us onto a muddy byway.   Complaints about this abounded, but were premature, for then conditions got considerably worse.   We had no option but to paddle through a sizeable length of track several inches deep in muddy water.  There was no dry margin at the sides of the track so we just had to accept the chance of wet feet.  

At least the remaining length of the walk was far too short for anyone to contract trench foot. 

Emerging on a lane near Island Farm, we  took this lane, and then another, to reach Mottiscombe Cross again.  Retracing our outward steps on the lane for about 400 m, and then again following our outward route up a steep field path, we re-emerged in the woodland around Widdicombe House.  

Here, though, we took another route, a deep and steeply banked lane, to Lower Widdicombe Farm, and from there on to the hamlet of Beeson.   Our route then passed to the south of Widdicombe Ley, and dropped down to sea level near the northern end of the strand running north from Beesands village.  On the way we passed this footpath gate ........

.........which had to be photographed - there was no obvious field boundary through which it was providing access. 

Having skirted the east side of the Ley, we were then confronted with a very steep climb up the cliff to retrace our steps past Beesands Quarry and to the summit between Beesands and Torcross.    Some paused near the summit for one final sighting of Start Point Lighthouse.

The remaining downward slope back to Torcross passed uneventfully, and once there we scouted round for somewhere selling the ice cream we had all promised ourselves as payback for the day's exertions.  

This was quite a tough walk across undulating terrain, and we covered 8.3 miles.  The gradients were frequently steep and the climb at the end was a typical Tony flourish.   Nevertheless, we all enjoyed the day.  Apart from that lunchtime shower, the weather did stay fine and sunny notwithstanding the ominous forecast of a few days ago.  The distance walked and the scenery passed through amply repaid the 90+ mile the round trip entailed.   Thanks for the day go to Sara-Jane and Tony.

For those wishing to see the route taken, it has been uploaded to GPSies and can be viewed via the following link

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=tgvinnsdcdjdojnx


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Drewsteignton-Fingle Bridge

September 04, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

A variant on the popular Fingle Bridge riverside walk Read more



Hawkerland-Harpford Common

August 28, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

A well-attended walk on home turf Read more



Stoke Canon-Brampford Speke

August 26, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

A recce walk Read more



Winsham-Thorncombe

August 07, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

We were very lucky with the weather! Read more



Topsham

August 07, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

Another evening walk Read more



Silverton area

July 22, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

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Torcross

July 19, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

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Porlock-Bossington-Porlock Weir

July 10, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

Out of our comfort zone but a memorable day, because of that. Read more



Tipton St John-White Cross-R Otter

July 03, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Splendid weather for a varied walk Read more



Ludwell Valley, Exeter

June 30, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

A short summer evening's stroll Read more



Fountain Head Beer Festival

June 23, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Lucky with the weather Read more



Littleham-Budleigh-Exmouth

June 14, 2011, prb, Comments: 1


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Bel Tor-Poundsgate

June 05, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

Overcast but dry Read more



Marldon to Berry Pomeroy Castle

May 15, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

Another dry afternoon, and a good walk Read more



East Budleigh

May 15, 2011, prb, Comments: 1


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Powerstock-Eggardon Hill

May 08, 2011, prb, Comments: 1

A great afternoon's walk Read more



More Tarka Line Walks

April 27, 2011, prb, Comments: 2


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Bickleigh-Cadeleigh

April 17, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Yet another sunny Sunday Read more



Killerton Estate

April 10, 2011, prb, Comments: 4

Figure-of-eight in warm sun Read more



Otterton-High Peak-Ladram Bay

March 27, 2011, prb, Comments: 2

Another fine and sunny, if hazy, afternoon Read more



100 Wayward Wanderers Walks

March 24, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

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Newton St Cyres-Whitestone Mast

March 20, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Skylarks and strawberries Read more



Moretonhampstead-Fingle Bridge

March 13, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Beautifully sunny, mild and clear afternoon Read more



Stoodleigh and around

February 27, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Easy at first.............. Read more



Bennett's Cross-Grimspound

February 20, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Fog nearly stopped play Read more



Burton Bradstock

February 13, 2011, prb, Comments: 0


Rain stopped play

The heavy rain overnight, through the morning, and forecast to continue in Dorset well into the afternoon resulted in this walk being cancelled.


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Late Xmas Eat-Out

February 13, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

The belated 2010 Winter Meal Out was arranged for Monday 7th  February at the Aylesbeare Inn, and was very well attended.


Margaret and Peter at the pub laid on a special menu for us and a convivial evening was enjoyed by all.
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East Budleigh-Otterton

February 06, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

A reprise of an earlier walk Read more



Honiton Golf Club-Farway

January 30, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Two ridges and a valley Read more



Three Peaks and some Woodland

January 23, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

Chardown Hill, Hardown Hill & Golden Cap Read more



Newton Poppleford-Harpford Wood

January 16, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

This walk started in overcast, mild and damp conditions, the weather turning wetter as we walked.  It was designed as a short walk suitable for a dreary winter's afternoon, the aim being to coax members away from their firesides and into the air.  It fulfilled these objectives.

After assembling outside the Cannon Inn, the group took a meandering route eastwards, partly along the main street, partly off it, before finally leaving it at Back Lane.  Passing the recreation ground, we left the lane at the corner, entered a flat field and headed northwards along the west bank of  the River Otter.  We crossed the footbridge, the river in spate today, and left the river's washlands to enter attractive Harpford village.

Just past the church we turned right onto another lane, climbing gently eastwards, before taking a field path towards Harpford Wood.   Here we meandered through the densely-treed and steeply contoured woodland on paths and tracks, as far as the Ottery-Sidmouth road by the Bowd Inn. 

At this point we abruptly reversed direction to start on the return leg, this time taking the track of the disused Ottery-Sidmouth branch railway line, one of the many victims of the '60s Beeching cuts.  Still, passengers'  loss is walkers' gain.  This section of the  trackbed takes a sinuous path curving gently through the  wood, and is now, justly, a well-used recreational route.

We continued on the trackbed almost to the edge of Harpford village, there retracing our steps as far as the river and the footbridge. 

Once on its west side we continued westwards over the washlands,......



......... climbed up the scarp on far side, and into the orchard.  After crossing the first orchard enclosure we turned south between rows of apple trees, and soon emerged on Back Lane.  From here we took paths between village housing to lead us directly back to the Cannon, where our by now quite wet selves ended our day's exercise.  

Our thanks go to Sara-Jane and Tony for leading us.   The route was short, only 4.4 miles, but suited, given the weather and the failing winter light.

The track has been uploaded to GPSies and may be viewed at:

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=myskxqznzybtzndf&referrer=trackList
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Budleigh Treasure Hunt

January 14, 2011, prb, Comments: 0

The now traditional New Year Treasure Hunt devised by Brian took place on Sunday 9th January.   Our exploration of Budleigh this year was at least the sixth in the series, Sidmouth, Tiverton, Honiton, Exeter, and Topsham having previously been the locations for similar tortures. 

This year, like last, the weather was kind, the afternoon being bright, sunny, and relatively mild.   We met at the Feathers in Budleigh's main street, where some had lunch, and after all had assembled, Brian handed out the sheets containing the clues he had devised.  He urged us to read them through thoroughly before starting, following which he left us to our own devices.   

There was a hiccup in the first five clues, in that the shop front display within which two of the answers were to be found had been changed since Brian's final clue-check.   This led to some early frustration among participants , because some of the other answers near the start were proving difficult to solve.   However, before long the teams started finding answers, and moods recovered. 

Before long the answers were popping up as we always hope they will, and most teams managed to complete the course (albeit with one or two errors and omissions), before the  finish time.  So all in all everyone enjoyed their afternoon.   And without exception we were all led to parts of Budleigh that were new to us, and we all saw a lot more than one usually does - there is nothing like a Treasure Hunt for forcing one to study one's surroundings much more carefully than usual.

We returned to the Feathers where tea, coffee and home-made biscuits had been organised for us to enjoy while the post-mortem and prize-giving was performed.   And yes - as usual Brian provided the prizes from his own resources.  I am sure the winning team enjoyed their prizes - the last team less so!

For the record the circuit extended to about 4.5 miles, and by the end the sense in reading all the clues through before starting was appreciated. Yet again, we thank Brian for the work he will have expended devising this year's teaser, and for the prizes he funded. 

And I bet I was not the only one to learn what a gymnosperm was! The specimens that were the subject of Clue 6 can be seen in the distance below (photo taken from near the location of that clue, but  in Summer 2009.) 

  
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Ottery Mince Pie Walk 2010

December 17, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

A Yuletide amble
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Exton-Exmouth

December 05, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

This was a straightforward and mostly flat walk along the east bank of the River Exe designed to get us out from by our firesides in near-zero temperatures.   After assembling at the Puffing Billy in Exton, we walked down to the station for a look at the river, ......




.................and then turned onto the recently completed Exton-Lympstone length of the Exe Estuary Trail.  This is part of Devon County Council's ongoing project to create a walker and cyclist-friendly route around the Exe from Exmouth to Dawlish, and it will form part of the National Cycle Network.

Today, though, deterred by the cold, and possibly by the threat of ice, cyclists were fairly few in number, which made it better for us walkers.  We therefore enjoyed a quick and uninterrupted amble alongside the railway, past the Lympstone Marine Commando base, and down to Lympstone, pausing here and there for some photos of the river.   We walked through the picturesque centre of Lympstone village, admiring some of the interesting architectural features we passed.  

On the south side of the village we came to the river's edge, but left it almost as soon as we arrived, and soon after joined the older  part of the Trail.   This part of the Trail was put in place  maybe 2 years before the northern section, and has matured a little more as a result.  Both include sections of boardwalk, seats and viewing points.   The views across the river can be stunning in the right conditions, and conditions today , although a little hazy, were pretty good.





We continued on, passing the old mock gothic mansion of Courtlands on our left, and eventually came to the end of the purpose-built trail where it runs alongside the railway.   Here the group split.   Those that wanted to go into the centre of Exmouth and catch the train back continued on.  Those who wanted to continue walking started on the return.  Unusually for our group, this entailed following the same route back since, except for a short length in the vicinity of Lympstone, there is no reasonably convenient inland alternative.

The temperatures were already starting to fall and in places the path underfoot was beginning to ice up, so a fast return was the order of the day, although on our way some photos of the disappearing sun were taken.  



This is the trail information board at Exton.


Our thanks go to Sheila for setting this walk up.  Those who did the return on foot covered about 6.3 miles.   The route has been uploaded to GPSies and can be found at:

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=frtcxpeyoqvjurfu


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Powderham Castle & around

November 28, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

A short winter walk Read more



Sidford-Harcombe-Salcombe Regis

November 21, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

The afternoon turned out colder but drier than those of the recent past.   The group assembled at the Blue Ball, and for the first part included two members not seen for some while.  Since they were both nursing injuries they did not wish to do the whole route, but did grace us with their company for the first, gentle, mile. 


We left the car park at the Blue Ball, crossed the A3052, and headed up a residential road to the north.  At the top of this we moved onto a surfaced track.  This led gently all the way to Knowle House.  Here we parted company with our two long missing members, took a narrow path to the left of Knowle House and soon reached a boggy field.  This we needed to cross to arrive in the hamlet of Harcombe.  Here we turned up the lane towards Paccombe Farm, but soon turned into the steeply sloping field on our right.   Over a small wooden footbridge across a stream and then we started to climb.

Although steep, mercifully it was not too long.  At the top of the field we entered a short stretch of woodland.  Then we went over a high stile, and into another field, leaving it soon after for another wood.   This led us downwards in a generally southerly direction. Eventually we emerged onto a track crossing a field exhibiting the well-maintained fencing characteristic of the Donkey Sanctuary.   It was soon evident we had encountered one of their outlying farmland areas.  There was a large stabling block up to our right, and, naturally, a number of donkeys.   

Leaving this area, we moved gently uphill to emerge on the A3052.   Choosing our moment carefully we crossed it, and almost immediately took  a track on its south side that soon came out on the north side of the main Sanctuary complex.  We made a short detour to see the maze here.  Now its beech hedging is at design height, the maze is a sterner test than before.  We did not have time to try it properly, although two of the party did enter, only to exit very quickly asserting that it was a piece of cake.   Few of the others believed them.   We then went down the side of the  Sanctuary's main house, taking another fenced path on the south side of the main paddock area.  

Stopping to study the thronging donkeys for a short while, we discerned one animal that appears to be having an identity crisis.  Can you spot him in this photo? 



Our walk then moved away from the paddocks and down the slope of the valley leading towards Weston Mouth.  In view of the limited light we could not go all the way to the beach, much to the relief of those present.  Instead we doubled back and headed up another path and into the Dunscombe holiday caravan park. 

Exitting onto the lane at the top, we very soon took a short detour south, prefering a series of tracks to walking along the lane all the way to Salcombe Regis.  Eventually we had to rejoin the lane for a short way, emerging  by its church.  



To get out of the hamlet, we then had to endure another stiff climb.   At the top we met the lane from Trow to the Observatory, almost immediately leaving it for a field path across Soldier's Hill.   This took us to the wooded scarp of  Northern Hill, where we began a steep descent through the trees.   

On our emergence into open land we paused to enjoy the splendid view  towards  Sidmouth and Peak Hill, this time looking sombre in the failing light.   


The rest of the walk was gentle.  First we went downhill to join the road at Fortescue.  Now we were  on the level.  Turning right to cross the River Sid by a weir, .........

......... then crossing its flood plain, we arrived at the northern part of the path running up from The Byes.    The remainder of the walk was completely flat and quickly completed, the last part in the gathering gloom of a winter dusk.   

In all we covered 6 miles.   The track of the walk has been uploaded to GPSies and may be viewed at:

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=zwzmmtpjssxlrxky

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Moretonhampstead-Fingle Bridge

November 17, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Yet again wet weather caused the cancellation of one of our walks.  

The leaders will reschedule this fine walk when the better weather and longer days return.
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Lustleigh Area

October 25, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

The walk scheduled for October 24th did not take place.  Most in the group had conflicting commitments.
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Starcross-Kenton-Black Forest

October 17, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

We assembled by Starcross station and Brunel's Atmospheric Engine housing, looking forward to a lovely walk in brilliant late autumn sunshine.  We were pleased to welcome three prospective members and one or two members returning after a while doing other things.

We set off in the Exeter direction, and soon left the main road for the lane leading to one of the entrances to Powderham Castle's deer park.  We struck off onto the drive through the park, pausing from time to time to admire the mature trees .........


.......and the occasional deer not frightened off by our approach.   Having crossed the park we came upon the Estate's shop, pausing briefly there.  

Soon we continued on our way, crossing over the main road opposite the Estate's entrance, and then heading away up a side road.   After a short distance skirting Kenton's housing, we reached open countryside. 


Gradually climbing, we walked generally westward on a mix of lanes, paths and tracks, until we  came to Black Forest Lodge and shortly thereafter, Black Forest itself.   This led to some weak jokes about not expecting to be visiting Germany this weekend.  Although some groaned nobody suffered too much.  

The track through the wood meandered gently, and although we moved along it a  reasonable pace, some managed to harvest a small collection of fallen sweet chestnuts without falling behind.  Emerging onto a lane on the western side of the wood, ..........

.........we headed southwards, noting the views to the Exe Estuary....... 

.........and the surroundings of the lane leading .......

..........to Home Farm,......... 

.........where we admired the lovely form of Home Farm Cottages and the features of the old barn opposite.   

This point, by the foot of Mamhead Park, marked the walk's turning point and we started on our return leg, heading eastwards on paths and tracks across fairly open and gently sloping terrain, and managing to avoid any lane walking until we came within a mile of Starcross.  This stretch of the walk was punctuated with openings in the flanking hedgerows giving fine views of Starcross and the Exe.





We returned via the southern side of Starcross and meandered through the back lanes to return to the cars.  In doing so, we discovered that there was a significant depth of development in the village behind the main road, which previously was all of Starcross most of us had come across.  Before ending his own walk your webmeister decided to take advantage of the fine sun and take a shot of the Exe from the footbridge over the railway. 

 

Our thanks go to Sara-Jane and Tony for this walk.   It extended to 8 miles in all.  The track has been uploaded to GPSies and can be viewed at   

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Bel Tor-Ponsworthy

October 13, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

This, the walk scheduled for Sunday October 10th, did not take place.   Members were either on holiday, preparing for a trip, unwell, or otherwise committed.  It will be offered again next year.
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Askerswell-Powerstock Area

October 08, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

The walk in this area scheduled for 3 October did not take place.  Parts of the route are known to be boggy even in dry conditions.  With the extremely high amounts of rainfall hitting the South-West over the previous few days, around 60mm, it was thought these sections of the route would have been well nigh impassible.  
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Burrator-Crazywell Pool

September 26, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Walk and weather both brilliant
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Sticklepath-Shilley Pool

September 19, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Overcast.  Varied circuit with good views Read more



Totnes-Ashprington

September 13, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Fine afternoon; good vibes
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Autumn Programme

August 25, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

The programme of walks and other activities for the 4 month period between the beginning of September and the New Year has now been posted. Read more



Around Topsham

August 18, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Housewarming included
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Tedburn St Mary and nearby

August 15, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

For reasons that one can only guess at, Wayward Wanderers has never before, to my knowledge, walked in the Tedburn St Mary area.   That omission was rectified with this walk, so full marks to Sara-Jane for devising the route from scratch.   A healthy number of group members assembled on the main road through the village by the Kings Arms, numbers being swollen by one or two occasional walkers and two prospective members, Kathleen and Derek, whom we welcomed.

Our route was wholly on the north side of the village.  We struck off down a lane off the main road a short distance from the pub, but very soon we took a footpath off to the right to meet another lane.  Turning left here we passed a few dwellings on our left and then took the track to the right leading towards Great Fairwood Farm.   


Initially open, before long the track went through trees, but then we came to a bridge over a stream.  Once over this we turned right onto Lillybrook Lane, and continued southwards through wooded terrain.  Just before the main road we moved into open country again, veered left and started climbing slowly to Little Fairwood Farm. 

Past this we took a left and continued towards Spicery.   We then had an all-too-short downhill  stretch to a brook, just before which we paused to view the ponies in the field alongside........

............ crossing close to the south-eastern corner of Oldridge Wood.   Then things started getting tough as we climbed up the other side of the stream valley.   This climb proved punishing, the afternoon having warmed up and become quite humid.   After a pause for refreshments and photos, though, we eventually made the summit at Tomhead Cross.  Here we joined the Oldridge Road,
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 .........and took this lane as far as the isolated hamlet of Oldridge, pausing there to take a look at the small chapel.  We were just in time to attend the 3pm service there, had we wanted to, but decided we had other priorities.

Turning left here the surfaced lane degenerated into a rough track  shown as a permissive route on the map.   We took this and continued generally downwards enjoying the fine views to the north and east as we went.  After about a mile we joined a lane running parallel with the River Culvery, turning left onto it.  This lane seems to provide a link between Crediton and Tedburn St Mary, and now we were heading towards the latter.  

After about a kilometre we turned to the byway network again, taking an inclined left to the west of  Blackalder Wood, and onto a bridleway which crossed..........

..........and then ran parallel to the Lilly Brook.


Having passed Blackalder Wood, the track moved onto open farmland before taking to the woods again, this time at the western edge of Oldridge Wood.    Our route turned away from the wood at its south western corner, where we crossed the brook again as we approached Frankford Farm.  Here we came to another stream crossing, this time one that looked familiar - we had passed this way on our outward leg.

The remainder of our walk retraced most of our outward route back to Tedburn, apart for the last few hundred metres where we took a slightly different route back to the cars.  By now we were all gasping.  We were therefore relieved to find that the Kings Arms was still open.   The majority of us called in for a drink and rounded the afternoon off with a pleasant half hour in the beer garden.  One or two of us took advantage of the pub's recent admission to the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, sampling some very well kept local draught bitter.

Our thanks go to Sara-Jane and Tony for devising and leading this walk in what is a new area for us, and for ordering some fine weather for it.  The walk extended to 6.5 miles. 

The route has been uploaded to GPSies, and can be viewed at

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=wgfhuuuyzkodrxhl
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Bradninch Circular

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WWWG Website 1 Year Old

August 14, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

It was a year ago today that the Wayward Wanderers website went live.  Some may be surprised we have lasted this long -but we have.  


In so doing, we have published some 84 tracks to GPSies - all routes that can be viewed against a range of mapping bases or, indeed, of satellite imagery such as Google Earth.  All these walks are available for public view, and can be freely downloaded.  People other than group members can therefore themselves enjoy the walks that the group has undertaken.    

In case non-group readers think  the group does nothing but walking it should perhaps be pointed out that the walks uploaded include a number done by the group over the 2-3 years prior to the last 12 months.
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Oakford and its Environs

August 09, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Before yesterday, few people in the group knew where Oakford was.  Now, it is a little more widely known.  The walk started at the village hall, which is located below the village and on its east side.   This was slightly unfortunate because we had to climb up through the village and then on upwards, following a circuit lying to the west of the village.   Nevertheless the climbing helped strengthen the legs.

After we had passed the centre of the village and the pub that is reknowned for its chips, we left the road and took a field path to the left.   Rising gently and presenting the first of many elevated views, this led us southwestwards, by Nethercott Farm, and then down a steep grassy slope to the bottom of the Iron Mill Stream valley. 


 Here we joined a lane and walked past the Bellbrook Trout Fishery to Spurway Mill.

Leaving the lane here we climbed steadily through Spurway Wood, passing a  large game bird breeding pen, before eventually emerging onto fields again.   A further short distance took us to the probably abandoned Spurway Barton farmstead, a sorry sight indeed..... 



From here we climbed gently up the farm track to the west.  This deteriorated before long and we were faced with a seriously boggy stretch, shown on the map as a sheep dip, that needed great care if one was to avoid getting a bootful.  At the far end there was a metal gate we had to pass through.  Trouble was that opening the gate outward meant that someone had to go through a very boggy patch.  Once it was open, though, several of the lady members revisited their childhoods by standing on the gate and swinging it shut, whereupon they gracefully dismounted - keeping their  feet dry.  

This negotiated, we traversed several grassy fields, before encountering a couple of derelict cars in a paddock.  Here we came to the West Spurway farmstead and, turning right onto another farm track, soon after, another lane.   At the lane/track junction we came across a Mid-Devon style post box that we thought was worth a picture......


The next stretch was along the lane, heading northwards.  This was pretty flat and uneventful, crossing the top of the plateau at an elevation of some 260m, which gave us wide views all around.
Just past Esworthy Cross we took another farm track off to the right.  

This offered us splendid views to the left, ......

and mushrooms in the wide verge to the right, some of which were harvested.   

We then passed West Mildon and soon after reached East Mildon.  Here our path left the track by some farm buildings.  Despite being confronted by a worrying warning sign.............

 .........we entered the field, but kept a very watchful eye all about. Had there been a bull we could have been in difficulty - we had to cross three fields which each had gaps in their boundaries, not gates, so we had to cross all three before we could count ourselves safe.  We then dropped down to a recently renovated farmstead and a stream valley, finding some wild raspberries alongside.  There was a steep climb up the other side of the valley on the approach to Ford Farm , and shortly after this we emerged on the lane by High Bolham.

We turned south on this, then south-east, to leave the road for a field path on our right.  This took us across a field, a stream bridge with a large tree growing awkwardly across it, a small private recreational area, and a paddock with some sheep in it, before we joined the road just above the centre of Oakford village.  Here we turned left, downhill, passing the pub.........

............ and the now closed village shop, and returned to the village hall car park and the walk's end.  

This varied and quite strenuous route extended to about 7.4 miles in all.  The track has been uploaded to GPSies and may be viewed at:






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Exeter Quayside

July 26, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

A Walking Quiz (Treasure Hunt) by the Exe
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Coffinswell-Coombe Cellars

July 20, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Brilliantly sunny & warm afternoon Read more



Starcross

July 19, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Cancelled Read more



Exmouth to Sandy Bay

July 19, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

A sunny Sunday walk Read more



Evening by the Exe

July 19, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Sunny evening stroll Read more



Charmouth Beach-Wootton Fitzpaine

June 20, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

Yet another glorious day Read more



Knowle-West Down Beacon

June 17, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Another fine evening walk
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Harpford Common and Core Hill

June 04, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

Fine weather, fine views Read more



Haldon Forest Park

June 01, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Forest, butterflies and Belvedere Read more



Woodbury Common

May 30, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

First evening walk of the summer Read more



Meldon Reservoir and Wood

May 09, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Moor, Gorse, Bluebells & Ten Tors
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Eggardon Hill-Powerstock

May 05, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

The walk planned for Sunday May 2nd did not take place - the threatening weather during the morning dampening the interest of group members.  
This is a pity -  the leaders did the walk the following day, and were rewarded with some spectacular 360 degree views, as the following photos demonstrate.






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Real-time rainfall radar

May 02, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

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Where's the Path?

April 29, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

A Useful site Read more



Coleford Circular

April 26, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

Short walk; showers avoided Read more



Sidford-Harcombe Hill

April 19, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

A hidden gem Read more



Possible new design

April 18, 2010, prb, Comments: 3

Better or worse?? Read more



Wonson-Gidleigh-Shilley Pool-Throwleigh

April 12, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

Perfect weather; lovely walk
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Peak Hill, Bulverton Hill, The Ham, Sidmouth

March 29, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Forecast rain held off until the end
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Escot Park, Talewater

March 15, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

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Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth-Weston-S W Coast Path

March 01, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

Unexpectedly, afternoon turned out fine
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Beer-Branscombe Mouth

February 22, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Good crowd; rain avoided
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Broadhembury-North Hill

February 15, 2010, prb, Comments: 2

Fine day; excellent walk
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Programme Corrections

February 10, 2010, prb, Comments: 2


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Christow and Bridford

February 08, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Ancient villages & old mines
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Annual Quiz/Treasure Hunt

February 01, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Sidmouth is invaded
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New source of mapping

January 29, 2010, prb, Comments: 0


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Axmouth Bridge-Beer

January 24, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

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Blackborough-Sheldon

January 18, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

Good weather and good turnout
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Newton Poppleford-Muttersmoor

January 11, 2010, prb, Comments: 1

Frosty start to 2010
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Mince Pie Walk

December 21, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Frosty 2009 Xmas Stroll
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Spring Programme

December 20, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

New programme Read more



Walk 13 December

December 15, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Cadeleigh
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More mapping sites

December 09, 2009, prb, Comments: 0


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Walk - 6 December

December 07, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Another walk aborted Read more



Walk - 29 November

December 02, 2009, prb, Comments: 0


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Walk - 22 November

November 24, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Walk cancelled Read more



Chagford - 15 November

November 16, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

A Short walk
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Seaton-Beer Track Uploaded

November 10, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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Seaton - Beer - 8 November

November 09, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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Two Walk Sites

November 06, 2009, prb, Comments: 2

Taunton Deane & the Blackdown Hills
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Walk Sunday 8 November

November 06, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Seaton
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Walk Sunday 1 November

November 06, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

No walk
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Squabmoor Walk Track Uploaded

October 25, 2009, prb, Comments: 0


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Budleigh-Squabmoor-Shortwood

October 25, 2009, prb, Comments: 0


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Twelve more tracks uploaded

October 20, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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Dalwood-Yarty Valley-Heathstock

October 19, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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Dalwood track uploaded

October 18, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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Beesands-Hallsands

October 12, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Breezy, and then damp
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Track uploaded

October 11, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Beesands-Hallsands track up
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More Tracks Uploaded

October 09, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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Walking in England

October 07, 2009, prb, Comments: 0


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And finally...

October 03, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

New game
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More tracks uploaded

September 30, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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East Budleigh Route now available

September 29, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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East Budleigh and Budleigh Salterton

September 28, 2009, prb, Comments: 1

A circular walk of 8.25 miles
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Congratulations

September 06, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Knot Spliced
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More Tracks

September 04, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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Walk Tracks Now Online

September 02, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

GPS Plots   Read more



Bowerman's Nose and Hound Tor

August 31, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

7.5 mile walk
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Ticks and Lymes Disease

August 28, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Take care
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Website gone public

August 25, 2009, prb, Comments: 1

We are now up and running
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Cattle Attacks

August 24, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

Number of attacks by cows with young calves appears to be increasing
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Walk from East Budleigh to Otterton and the coast

August 23, 2009, prb, Comments: 1


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Walk around Kenn

August 16, 2009, prb, Comments: 1


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Autumn Programme

August 14, 2009, prb, Comments: 0

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New website about to go live

August 14, 2009, prb, Comments: 0


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