Wednesday 2 May 2018 – Derek’s Tipton, and Venn Ottery Walk

On a fine day,  twelve walkers went to the East Devon village of Tipton St John, for a walk led by Derek who took us out of the village to Venn Ottery, and Ottery Common. There were great views from here. Coffee was taken before the descent to Broad Oak, and the comfortable soft stoned houses and bungalows of select West Hill. We enjoyed the ambience here, having lunch on a lush roadside grass verge, like poor South Devonians. From there we headed to the River Otter, via Mount Stephens Farm and Fluxton, joining the river at the weir – using a very handy log for a group photograph. The old redbrick mill  looked spendidly French and rustic today. Logging off we crossed the Otter by the bridge that carried the Sidmouth branch of the old Southern Railway. Tipton station’s name was changed in 1881 to Tipton St Johns to avoid confusion with Tipton in the West Midlands, presumably after some unfortunate mix ups. We entered the village with St Johns Church on the hill to our right. The village is Tipton St John, the station was named Tipton St Johns, probably just to be awkward. Passing the school yard we noticed a new fashion for boots. Afterwards we went to the Southern Cross at Newton Poppleford. Need I say more – it is still leading the way in the scones and clotted cream stakes. Well done Derek, and Matt. A lovely walk, perfectly timed to ensure a five star tea.