Rod & Maggie’s Railway and Coast Path Ramble – Saturday 30th June

It was a hot sunny day as 17 walkers alighted from the train at Exmouth for a 9 mile walk to Sandy Bay via the old railway track bed.
We set off along the river Exe for a short distance before turning inland and crossing the railway line which gives residents of Exmouth a ½ hourly rail service to stations in Exeter and beyond.
Walking first over the recreation ground and crossing the main road,  we made our way to Phear Park and picked up the old railway track bed, which briefly became a cycle track and then the railway track bed again. We travelled along this track bed through open countryside until we reached the railway bridge where we turned into Castle Lane for a short distance then took the footpath West Down Beacon. We then cut across the golf course (watching out for low flying golf balls) to reach the path to Sandy Bay Holiday Park, passing the rifle butts and stopped to have lunch near the pub.
After lunch we continued along the coast path over the High Land of Orcombe until we reached the Exmouth geoneedle where we turned right towards Exmouth sea front. From here it was a brisk walk cutting away from the sea front  and crossing the triangle to reach Exmouth station in time for our train back to Torbay.
It was a lovely walk and the bright sunshine made it a great day out.
Rod and Maggie W