During the next two weeks we will be walking along different sections of Drake’s Trail which you are sure to know was named after the famous Elizabethan sea-farer, Sir Francis Drake; this 21 mile cycling and walking route links Tavistock with Plymouth whilst skirting around the western edge of Dartmoor, but this route is just a small part of a
Once at the scattered village of Yelverton just five miles north of Plymouth we wasted no time signing in and after a brief talk we were off on another of my favourite walks. Somewhere hereabouts Yelverton once had a railway station with a line looping around on its way across Dartmoor to Princetown as can be seen on the map
Once again we will be following part of the Discovery Trail but this time as it travels beside the River Tavy, one of the tributaries of the mighty Tamar. Both sides of this river are in Devon with Lopwell Dam linking the Bere Peninsula to the 6,000 acre Maristow Estate, their land rises from the Tavy Estuary to around 600
Gunnislake Railway Station has been at its current site for 25 years, as of the 6th June 2019. On that very day, Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership organised an afternoon of celebrations. They combined the event with the official unveiling of the mosaic of beautiful tiles on the platform walls. Local potter, Rosie Fierck conceived the theme of the tiles
It seems so long since we last did this walk on the Devon side of the River Tamar but with so many in our programme to choose from, they don’t come round very often and the fine weather certainly brought out a good crowd. Thirty two signed in at Bere Alston station and two more caught up with us as
Join in with the 2019 Big Lunch / Street Party in Commercial St, Gunnislake at 12.00 on Sunday 2 June 2019
Friday 24th May at 8.30pm
An evening walk to see and hear the bats living in the Tamar Valley
Book Essential – contact Ross Hanley: 01822 834773
Meet at Car Park at 8.30pm to share lifts to the start of the walk.
Wear appropriate footwear, warm clothing and bring a touch.
Dogs on leads welcome.
No charge but voluntary donations are welcome.
The inky blue water in the River Lynher appeared to be barely moving today as we watched it flow beneath the ancient bridge and then alongside us as we set off through the shadowy interior of Cadsonbury Woods. There is nothing quite like a bit of sunshine to bring out the walkers so of course our numbers were up again
Gusty winds almost blew us off our feet when we stepped from our cars at the little car park at Tokenbury Corner but that was nothing compared with what was to come. The nearest settlement on this south-eastern fringe of Bodmin Moor is St Cleer which has a stone church dedicated to St Clarus. He was born in Kent and
Today is Wednesday 1st May or May Day and is celebrated in many different ways throughout the world so before recounting how our walk turned out, I will just describe how here in Britain some people still dance around a maypole that is draped in ribbons which are then woven into complex patterns by the dancers just as they did in pagan times…. This
Today’s walk was not the one advertised in the current programme, it was changed due to NewBridge at Gunnislake being closed after its recent damage with no precise date for its re-opening, but as we now know, the bridge actually opened several days ago. Our numbers were down to just 18 this week probably due to the fact that it
Once again New Bridge at Gunnislake was closed due to an accident so it meant a long detour for our friends in Devon to reach Cotehele Quay for our weekly walk. However, a few made it and with the usual half a dozen away on their monthly walk, only twenty signed in this week at the exact same time that
It’s taken lots of hard gardening by the community in Gunnislake and now it’s nearly time for planting. A sloping bank on the A-road side of St Anne’s Church has been rescued from disuse, brambles and ivy to a new lease of life. With the help of church members and Gunnislake Community Matters volunteers, a community memorial garden is forming.
Gunnislake New Bridge Road closure The [New Bridge ] at [Gunnislake ] ] has been closed following a road traffic collision. Please use alternative routes. This is likely to be for a number of days as the bridge has suffered significant damage. For further updates follow us on Twitter @DC_Police or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/DevonAndCornwallPolice Message Sent By
Important information, All Tv”s using Freeview/ Youview etc will require a Retune. Gunnislake, Tavistock and Plympton on the 10th April Caradon and Huntshaw cross on the 19th June, I will be doing a retune deal of £25 plus £5 per extra set paid on arrival. This will include the retune of any item connected to that TV for example Humax’s
Unbroken sunshine greeted us this morning, but we soon discovered that it came with a nip in the air as a record number of us gathered in the car park. There were 37 in total so the lady from the Beech café panicked slightly when she saw us all and wandered over to see how many of us would be
The valley around Gunnislake is an important habitat for the endangered UK bat species, the Greater Horseshoe Bat. You can find out about this species, and other bat species in our valley at a free illustrated talk, given by Devon Wildlife Trust, at The Woodland Centre on Thursday 21 March from 7pm.
CHIMNEY ROCK COMMUNITY WALK Saturday 17th February saw a small group of nine people and three dogs set off for the second community walk of 2019. After several days of glorious sunshine, we walked mostly in dull cloudy weather with a few spots of rain. But it didn’t stop the walk and we were all dressed for the conditions. Our
Board Games Night The Woodlands Centre Wednesday 27 February at 1930 Open to everyone. £2 entry to cover Hall Hire fee
In 2017, as a part of the Devon Wildlife Trust Greater Horseshoe Bat Project (“the Bat Project”), and with support from the Tamar Valley AONB Sustainable Development Fund in 2017, Gunnislake Community Matters (“GCM”), put up 14 bat boxes and seeded a wildflower meadow at the bottom of the King George V Playing Field to encourage the insects upon which