Wayward Wanderers Walking Group

Knowle-West Down Beacon

June 17, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Another fine evening walk

Yet again the group was blessed with warm and sunny weather for one of its summer evening walks.  This time we assembled at the Britannia Inn, which for reasons unknown to this writer is also known as the Dog & Donkey, in Knowle near Budleigh Salterton. 

Our route took us first up Dalditch Lane, opposite the pub, passing a newish vineyard on our right, a matter of interest to some.  After some  0.5 km we headed left onto a woodland path.  This soon led us to the old Exmouth-Budleigh railway trackbed, which we joined.  We continued on this for 1km, where we left it, taking the long ramp up to one of the roads passing over the cutting.

We headed on this lane, Castle Lane, for a short distance southwards, then westwards, through Knowle Hill Plantations.  We then turned east, taking a path through the plantation.   This emerged from the plantation onto one corner of the golf course.  Here we followed one of the paths through the course, but soon left it for a field which ran down to the Coast Path.  Doubling  back, we climbed upwards on the path, soon to pause at West Down Beacon to enjoy the fine views in all directions and for some photos.  The trig point pillar here can be seen in the front left corner of the first below.

At this point we started our return, taking a different route leading us across the golf course. At one point we paused to study a swallow making use of a course shelter hut for nesting, .......

......before leaving the course ......

......just before the south end of  Lansdowne Road.   Admiring the fine houses we passed, we soon crossed the B3178, opposite the Knowle Road, and hence back to the pub for a cooling drink.

Our thanks go to Phil & Vanessa for leading us on this perfect evening stroll.  If  Phil chooses many more of these sunny days for his walks and dry conditions underfoot, he will lose the mudmeister tag he earned a few years ago!

For the record we covered just short of 4 miles, and our route is on GPSies at:

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