Sunday 18 February 2018 – David’s Fingle Bridge Favourite

Chagford was looking mysterious in the morning mist as the eleven walkers, led by David, made their way out of the village, to join the Two Moors Way and follow the river. This is a favourite walk, and as usual, we stopped for coffee at the secluded inlet near the weir. The mist was clearing and it looked like the weather was going to be better than forecast. Further on we crossed to the other bank and made our way to Whiddon Park and Forder. The long climb up the hill to Uppacott never gets any easier, but the mist was long gone, and we were rewarded with exhilarating views. The site of Cranbrook Castle , the iron age hill fort, is close by the summit, but we didn’t visit, and descended through Charles Wood. We stopped for a while at the Cavalier’s Cross, which bears witness to the death of a soldier during the English Civil War. Near here we had our lunch in a clearing, where larch trees once stood. There were plenty of logs for everyone to sit on, and a group photograph was taken.  Kay, in the centre of the picture, is wearing an Alzheimer’s Research UK tee shirt because she is undertaking the Jurassic Coast Challenge on 21/22 July to raise money for this cause. This is a 60 mile walk from Poole to Bridport. Please sponsor her if you can- details to follow in due course.  The track here is winding and steep and it is not surprising that it is used by the Exeter Car Club for trials once a year. It leads to Fingle Bridge which was as popular as ever now that the sun was out and all prospects of rain had disappeared. The route back to Chagford was along the glorious Fisherman’s Path, with its constant views of the river, which at this turbulent point was being used by canoeists. We enjoyed the exciting scramble up and down the precipitous steps. As we made our way across the fields at the end of the path it was shirtsleeves and shorts weather. Hurrah. The walk finished at David’s house. As usual we were treated to teacakes and lashings of tea by our generous walk leader and host. Thank you David for another great Fingle Bridge ten mile walk.