A thick blanket of grey hovered overhead as Ray and I headed towards Callington free car park this morning while mizzle hung about in the air; how many would venture out today we wondered? The plan was to car share from there as we knew from experience that there is very little room at Cadsonbury car park itself as this
Yelverton is a scattered hamlet on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park with an assortment of homes, a parade of shops and two or three pubs plus some excellent walking trails. Two different routes from here have appeared on our Walk & Talk programme and are always popular but as I left home on this grey, misty August morning,
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
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
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
Driving down Luckett Hill on this bright morning, another of my favourite walks lie ahead, but I missed it last year due to a holiday so I was keen to re-acquaint myself with all there is to see. This is not one of our usual walks led by a trained Walk & Talk leader, but a walk that only occurs
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
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
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
Our walk today takes place on land owned by the National Trust, a charity devoted to preserving and protecting historic places and spaces. The National Trust bought their very first house, Alfriston Clergy House in Sussex in 1896 for £10 (about £600 in today’s money). It is believed that a decorative cornice in one of the rooms there may have given the trust
I offered to lead our group this morning with the help of Rosy as I am familiar with all the paths at Calstock and Danescombe and although this was described as a ‘new walk’ it was mostly just a new configuration of well-trodden paths. The programme said we would make our way along Higher Kelly but it didn’t stipulate how to