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Walking with a Ramblers Group

January 24, 2011

Walking with a Ramblers Group

A good outing on Sunday, leading fourteen walkers from the Teignmouth and Dawlish group of the Ramblers on a seven mile ramble in East Devon.

We started out from Joney’s Cross in very cold but dry weather, making a long descent over Harpford Common and into the Vale of the River Otter, and then through the sprawling village of Newton Poppleford, named for the “pobbles” or large round stones found everywhere in the vicinity.

Teignmouth and Dawlish Ramblers in Naps Lane


The Teignmouth and Dawlish group of the Ramblers has now been running walks for almost 25 years – next year is their silver anniversary. They do two walks – a long and a short – every Sunday, and evening walks in the summer. Not to mention a hectic social programme. They are a most friendly bunch of people, very welcoming to new members. Membership is free to paid-up subscribers of the Ramblers – and you can then walk with any other Ramblers group as a guest walker. A great way to make new friends and explore the countryside!

From Newton Poppleford we walked down the River Otter, where we stopped for lunch in bright sunshine, looking across the valley to Mutters Moor and High Peak. Then a gentle ascent up Naps Lane, a quiet and unspoiled green track through pastoral scenery to the open heathland of the Hawkerland Valley, from where there were excellent views across much of the east Devon countryside. Not a long ramble but very pleasant, through a good mixture of landscapes.

If you are interested in the Teignmouth and Dawlish group’s rambles – and they walk in most parts of Devon – do look at their website If you live elsewhere in Britain you can look at the Ramblers website to find your nearest rambling group.

You might also like to try walking the Teignmouth and Dawlish Way, devised by the group, a 14 mile country ramble through some very peaceful parts of South Devon. Details on their website.

A great way to meet people and enjoy walks through beautiful scenery. Join a Ramblers group today!

I shall be leading another short walk for this group on Sunday 13th February, at 10.30 from Woodbury Castle in east Devon. Why not come along?

You can find a route for this ramble and many others on the “Walks in Britain” page on my website: Join as a member today for all the latest updates.


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