A glorious day promised for the lucky thirteen setting off from Washbrook Lane in Kingsbridge today, a change from the published walk.
As the mists cleared the views down the Kingsbridge estuary were stunning as always, although the tide was out today. We crossed the small wooden bridge over the muddy creek and climbed steadily through field and path until finally reaching our planned tea-stop on the hill overlooking Bowcombe Bridge (also known as New Bridge), the estuary is referred to as the ‘glittering jewel in the South Hams’ in tourist promotion and did not disappoint on this clear October day.
We made our way inland along lanes and through permitted paths across fields, to West Charleton descending to the church there, before following the road through to Frogmore and down to Frogmore Creek. The name Frogmore is derived from the old English ‘Frogga’ and ‘Mere’ meaning pool frequented by frogs!
Unlike last year we were able to walk along the creek – carefully, whoops there goes another Rambler – and enjoy our lunch at the end, before taking the lanes and field paths to Bowcombe. Two considerable climbs that the leader has undersold we thought, but a great day was had and some stunning scenes on this wonderful day, blessed with sunshine to display the autumn colours in this picturesque area of Devon. Just over 8 miles.
Tea and cakes were on order at the Avon Mill Garden Centre near Loddiswell, making a pleasant end to a most enjoyable day. Thank you Mandy.