” Blustery Bolberry Down ” South Hams 2nd December 2018


There were sixteen walkers who turned up today on Denise and Adam’s circular walk The walk itself was a mixture of coastal and field walking and fortunately there was very little in the way of road walking. Special thanks to Kata for joining them on the second recce about several weeks ago. It is fair to say that this practice walk was in autumn sunshine. Today not so lucky. Adam welcomed his daughter Katie who joined us for the day. She was made very welcome by the club.

During the walk itself we had a couple of squally showers and the sun did appear at a vital moment for fifteen minutes or so at Soar Mill Cove which looked very dramatic in the winter light.

The actual walk itself included a cliff walk to Soar Mill Cove, the Upper Coast Path to Middle Soar Farm, East Soar Farm where we sheltered from the wind and rain for a group photo, following the coast to Overbecks, ( National Trust ) South Sands, where we all had lunch and watched four young people being somewhat brave swimming in the sea. Inland to Malborough and back to the car park virtually at night fall, having completed around ten miles.

The main point of interest during the walk was Overbecks National Trust House and Gardens near Salcombe. The present house was built in 1913 and later on Otto Overbeck acquired the house in 1928 and lived there until his death in 1937 Today there is a museum. Until recently there was a Youth Hostel which shared part of the building. The grounds are very sheltered and are the home to a wide range of sub tropical plants including many palm trees.

Denise very kindly organised and booked the afternoon tea. There were thirteen of us who turned up for afternoon tea. Home Made Scones were on the menu and we were able to sit by a long table with a fire going at the Church House Inn Harberton. The owners made us very welcome. All car drivers did manage to find the way there and back to the main road. Certainly worth the club visiting another time for tea and the detour from the Kingsbridge / Totnes Main Road was definitely worth it.

Denise M and Adam S.