Penn Inn to Stover Circular Walk- Saturday 10th November

Today’s  walk was to have been led by John M but he phoned in sick, so Rod & Maggie W volunteered as substitutes. We hope John is making a recovery and will soon be back on the beat.
Despite the awful weather forecast there were 10 of us at the Toby Inn Newton Abbot for a 6 mile walk along the Aller Brook and the Stover canal. It was fine when we set off but a sharp shower  when we reached the Town Dock caused us to pause while we donned our outer rain gear.
After a short intermission under the railway bridge while the rain abated, we set off again through the trading estate and along to the  B & Q roundabout. Crossing the road and turning right for a short distance we took the left path along the canal, walking under the railway bridge which once bore the track to Heathfield and beyond. We stopped for our coffee break along the canal and then took the cycle path as far as the junction with the Haytor Granite Tramway, where we had our lunch. There was one short section of the cycle path that had flooded so we picked our way carefully along the verge to avoid wet feet.  For most of the way it remained fine and we did get glimpses of the sun but true to form as we approached the basin it started with a light drizzle.
Some of us braved the rain, whilst some took refuge under the railway bridge. After lunch we returned to Newton Abbot via the same route but we did investigate the path which runs on the opposite side of the railway but after about ½ mile discovered that this path was deep under water, so we had to return to the road and traverse the path by which we had come.
Again for most of the way it was fine and we did not have any more showers until we got back to the B & Q roundabout by which time we were waiting for the bus back to Torbay. Despite the showers we had a very pleasant walk of around 6 miles, which we all enjoyed.
Rod & Maggie W