Sunday 28 January 2018 – Neil’s Stover Walk

27 Walkers took advantage of the dry and mild January weather for the walk to Stover Park. We set out from Forde House and proceeded to Jetty Marsh after crossing the river Lemon by the footbridge. The route then followed the Templer Way alongside the canal to Teign Bridge. There was a short section of road walking before joining the path that runs along the Eastern side of the river Teign. This path was new to most of the group. The path ended near Sampson’s Farm and we crossed over the footbridge on to the opposite bank where we stopped for coffee. After the break we followed the river for a short distance to Ventiford and then walked along the quiet Brocks Lane. The next landmark was the man made hill at the newly created Teigngrace Meadow nature reserve. The mound has been created from spoil at the nearby clay works. It provides an excellent panoramic view. After re-joining Brocks Lane we entered Stover Park where lunch was taken at the picnic tables by the information centre. After lunch and the group photo we started our return journey around the lake and on to the walkway to view the bird feeder. The species observed included Siskin, Bullfinch, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker. We then followed the Heritage Trail to Teigngrace where we crossed the railway line. The remaining section of the route was alongside the Stover canal back to Newton Abbot. The total distance covered was 11 miles. After walk refreshments were taken in the Toby Carvery at Penn Inn. Two members of the group were observed indulging in a calorie laden dessert. By Neil Thompson.