Mandy’s Moretonhampstead Meander – Sunday 27th May

Mandy’s walk today saw 16 ramblers out from Moretonhamptstead on a day that initially threatened rain, however, before long the sun came out and it became very humid.  We left Moreton, walking through the town towards the Alms Houses and the church, taking a left turn here as the upward treck to Mardon Down began.

A very hot and sticky band eventually took tea on Mardon Down (and birthday chocolate cake !), before passing the stone circle, oddly in the mist today, and then down to the headless cross beside the road.

An easier walk now towards Doccombe as the temperature rose and we marvelled at the beauty of the wild flowers in the Devon lanes- a lovely time of year for walking without doubt.  Eventually we met the road and after walking with care took a left turn into Fingle Woods where we took the less familiar left hand bank of the Teign towards Clifford Bridge, where lunch was enjoyed in bright and very warm sunshine.

What can we say about the climb that ensued? It lived up to promises, hard, steep, hot and long!  Finally at the top we gathered breath and began the long road walk back down to Moreton once again. A great 11.5 miles and a really lovely ‘english’ tea in the Gateway Tearooms with a variety of home made cakes to ensure that one particular birthday ended on a high note!