Saturday 17 February 2018 – Kingskerswell to Cockington

What a lovely day it turned out to be with glorious sunshine right from the off. The walk was to have been led by John M but he was unable to do so but Andrew R and Rod W stepped in at the last moment. In all 29 people turned up at the start of the walk which began opposite The Sloop at Kingskerswell and ended in Cockington, a distance of about 6 miles. Andrew and I decided to alter the original route in order to avoid a lot of mud which involved a bit of road walking albeit on quiet country roads. From the start we dropped down the hill and round the corner before climbing up to the road leading to the railway bridge. Across the bridge we turned right and then left up the hill in order to cross the “new road” now more than two years old. Having crossed over the bridge we turned left and followed the path alongside the fence to the bottom of the hill at which point we turned right and followed the lane as far as North Wilborough. Passing through the village we continued on as far as Windmill Lane on the left which we climbed up to the top with views of the windmill (now alas with no sails). Our route from here was along the road passing Style Park Gardens and on to the main road. Here we turned left walking on the verges before turning right along the path to Cockington. We had lunch by the cricket pavilion (some of us had coffee at Cockington Court in very warm springtime sunshine).  After lunch we walked down past the lakes and returned to the sea front via the water meadows where the walk ended. It was a lovely walk with many fine views in spring type weather and judging by the chat and the laughter it was enjoyed by one and all. By Rod W