Andrew R’s Teign Circular – Saturday 28th July

Andrew R led this 6½ mile circular walk from what was the Penn Inn to the banks of the River Teign, returning via another route.
17 walkers turned up at the inn and as we negotiated the traffic island were joined by 6 others –  23  in all, of which 2 were new to the club and one a visitor from France.
Leaving the island, we walked up the hill and entered Milber woods. The sun was shining brightly at this point casting lovely green shadows as it penetrated the trees above. Crossing the road at the top, we entered Ben Stedham wood emerging at the end to cross the busy road which links Newton Abbot to Barton. We followed a path up the hill and turning right at the top we passed by the industrial estate and then down the hill, to Netherton, where we had a drinks break.
Turning right at the junction we crossed over the road, took a path to our left and bearing right over a little bridge. We followed this for some distance before entering a field and dropping down to Combe Cellars where we sat on a wall and had our lunch.
Retracing our steps for about 50 metres we joined the path of the River Teign which as you all probably know is only accessible for a short time either side of low tide. Fortunately Andrew had sussed this out long before the programme was created, ensuring the riverside walk was accessible
The arrival of showers between the sunshine was not enough to dampen our spirits as we took the road bridge to join the River Lemon, flowing into the Teign.  We eventually climbed the bank to access the path alongside the A380, crossing over this very busy road via the metal bridge.
A level return walk followed to bring us back to the Penn Inn again. For most of the day it was bright and sunny so the small amount of rain did not spoil. our enjoyment as can be seen in one of the photos of Sue M dancing!!
Rod W