Sunday 19 November 2017 – Jacqui and Ken’s Marldon Circular

16 walkers met at Occombe for the 9.00am start of the Marldon circular walk led by Jacqui, back marked by Ken (vital job). The weather looked very promising as we walked out of Marldon via Westerland and up Beacon Hill. The temperature was rising and the views from here were exceptional. We made our way to Berry Pomeroy Castle, along Higher Blagdon Lane, passing Buttshill Cross, Blagdon Cross, Glazegate Cross, and Hangman’s Cross. The lane from here took us to the Castle where we leaned against the walls of the haunted ruin and had coffee. None of the four ghosts, all members of the Pomeroy family, bothered us, – well not much. A woodland path and field track took us to the crisp leaf strewn path through Summer Hill Wood, and East Hill Wood, alongside the Gatcombe Brook. We arrived at Littlehempston via Netherton, Gatcombe Mill and the Pig and Whistle. Lunch was taken in Littlehempston church yard where there are picnic tables and benches. The vicar arrived and gave us his personal blessing. The return to Marldon was on the Torbay Totnes Trail, and the John Musgrave Heritage Trail through Afton, Chapel Barn, and the perfectly named Strainytor Copse. It was well led by Jacqui who kept us to a good pace over the twelve  and a half miles,  inspired by the fact that the Occombe Farm café closed at 4pm. We made it with an hour to spare. Well done all and thanks for coming.