Wayward Wanderers Walking Group

Spring-Summer 2015 Programme


April 12th                           

Ref ST 162 0275. A 1.30pm start for a 5 mile walk.  Meet at the bottom of the car park in the grounds of Abbeyfield Care Home. (permission given by the manager) Just 200 mtrs. after the Combe Raleigh crossroads up on the right. Combe Raleigh is 1.5 miles north of Honiton.  A delightful varied walk through woods, heathland and ancient lanes. Over streams and old Iron Age fort with stunning views all around. Optional coffee, cake at the Boston Tea Party cafe in Honiton after.


April 26th             

Meet at 1.30pm for a 5.5 mile walk starting in Newton St Cyres near      the Beer Engine. Park where you can, but we suggest on the unmade lay-by area outside the village sports field just south of the railway line. Its OSGR is SX881988. It may be possible to park at the roadside by the pub, but the availability of space will depend on how busy the pub is. The walk will take us north from there to Shute and Efford and close to Shobrooke.   Its mostly fairly gentle but is likely to be muddy in places and possibly marshy, so good footwear is advised.


May 10th                             

SY 188923. Meet at Blackberry Castle (SY187924) for a 1.30pm start. 

6 miles South towards Branscombe and return via Borcombe Wood (where a legendary white stag is believed to hang out). No refreshments at Blackberry Castle, but a couple of cafes within about 5 minutes drive, if anybody is interested.


May 20th (Wed)      

7 pm start. Meet at the public car park in Thorverton village GR 923020. A three and a half mile walk around lanes and footpaths. A possibility of a drink afterwards at one of the village hostelries.


May 24th

Meet at 1.00pm for a 6 1/2 mile walk starting at the Fishermans Cot Pub at Bickleigh. Grid ref. SS937076 on the A396 between Exeter and Tiverton. Parking has been agreed with the landlord but could be busy as its Bank Holiday.The walk will take us from Bickleigh to Cadeleigh passing Little Silver and Kingdoms Corner.  Some stiles and steady climbs but many rewarding views. Could be muddy in places so good footwear is advised.


June 7th

Meet at 1.30pm for a 4 mile (approx.) walk with stunning views over three counties. Meet at the bottom (entrance to Hornbeam Gardens) of the free car park (47 spaces) in Bradninch off Parsonage Lane. Grid ref. ST002042. Walking through historic Bradninch, but mostly through grass fields and country lanes. There are steep sections (hence the views) and the grasses and nettles are in their prime! Could be muddy in places after rain. Bradninch has a ‘Musical Gardens’ festival on the day (£10 for a pair of tickets, £6 single). The Guildhall will be selling cream teas (so we’re told).


June 21st

Meet at the seats by the post box at the end of Kennaway Road, Ottery St Mary, for a 1.30pm circular walk in the area and back to the leader's home afterwards for the Summer BBQ.  Bring your own food and drink.


July 5th                               

GR SY 445 936. Meet at the church of St John the Baptist in Symondsbury (plenty of on - road parking ) for 1.30 start. Five miles with some gentle inclines, Wonderful views of the sea and surrounding area, from mainly open countryside. Refreshment opportunity at Symondsbury Kitchen cafe , in the village at the end of walk , they also do lunches.


July 19th

GR  SY 082 853.  Meet at 1.30 p.m. on Otterton Green for a 5 mile circular walk taking in a bit of the coast path to  Ladram Bay and walking on quiet lanes and paths back to Otterton for tea.


July 22nd (Wed)       

GR SY 012892. Meet at the centre of Woodbury Salterton (plenty of on-road parking) for a 7.00pm start. A gentle, relaxing stroll of 3 miles, on quiet country lanes and footpaths, keeping an eye on the time, so that we get back to the Diggers Rest in time for refreshments, for those that are interested.


August 2nd                          

Meet at Sowton Park and Ride at 12.00 to drive to Okehampton for the start of an 8.5 mile walk. If travelling independently meet outside of ‘The Museum of Dartmoor Life’, 3 West Street. SX 58721 95161 for a 1pm start. The walk follows green lanes and farm paths to Sticklepath returning along the East Oakment and Taw rivers through some of the most beautiful woodland in Devon.


August 12th (Wed)


August 16th

A 5.5 mile recce walk from South Brent to Lydia Bridge and Aish Ridge.  Meet at the railway station car park off Station Road, South Brent. Map Ref: SX 69818 60262. Leisure map 28, It’s walk 20 in Classic Walks of Devon. Enjoy riverside track, quiet country lanes and open moorland. Toilets at Shipley Bridge which is half way round. Meet at Sowton  for car share, at 12.45p.pm


August 24th

Planning Meeting


August 30th

Meet at Sandford Parish Hall car park (OSGR SS 83038 02515) for a 6 mile walk around Sandford and its rolling and peaceful hinterland.  It's a mix of field paths, tracks and lanes.


September 13th


September 27th

To meet: From the A3022 turn left into Churston Road shortly past the P&R and Pitch & putt site, I suggest we park and meet at the layby approx 400yds down on the right  SX 90300 56110 just before the railway bridge. 

The walk is approx 5.5 miles (some options to lengthen or shorten on the day !)  starting at Churston Ferrers and heading for Greenaway with a short section on the foreshore followed by a steep climb to a fabulous viewpoint down the Dart to Kingswear, the climb is definitely worth it. From Greenaway we head back using both the Greenaway Walk and the John Musgrove Heritage trail.  A mixture of lanes and good footpaths, the only place you might get wet feet is on the foreshore !   

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