Sunday 11 February 2018 – Adam and Mandy’s Castle Drogo Walk with Mud

This Sundays walk proved to be an interesting and varied walk which was led by both Mandy and Adam. It has to be said that Hilary’s input and contribution towards this walk was much appreciated by all , particularly in all the advice and her time given before today’s walk. There was a good turnout of 21 walkers. The temperature was six degrees Centigrade and the wind chill factor made it feel even colder. Coffee was taken at the Holy Trinity Church Drewsteignton where Adam talked about Castle Drogo which was built for Julius Drew and designed by Edwin Lutyens. Lunch was taken at Hittisleigh Barton which is about a quarter of a mile further on from Hittisleigh Cross. Before lunch there was plenty of field walking and we came across a couple of miniature ponies near West Ford Farm on the Two Moors Way. It was Mandy’s turn to talk and it was  about Hittisleigh Barton, telling us all about the British pirate Samuel Bellamy, who was born in the hamlet. He was an English Pirate who operated in the early 18th Century but died very young at the age of 28. She also referred to Adam’s Daughter’s wedding ( Katie to  Alex )  at The Oak Barn Hittisleigh in Summer 2016. Some road walking followed and on the way down to Hittisleigh Mill it hailed for fifteen minutes There was plenty of mud on the way especially from the A30 underpass to Crockernwell, which certainly made the walk memorable. A brief talk was given by Adam about the Trafalgar Way. Now it was time to complete the final stretch of the walk via Coombe Hall and Burrow Farm to Drewsteignton and finally reaching the National Trust Car Park at  around 5.30 pm. It is certainly hoped that the club would be able to put similar walks on the program in this same area North of Dartmoor National Park. (13 miles)  By  Mandy Lindsay & Adam Smith.