The first Saturday walk of 2019 and the day dawned grey and chilly but dry, as 39 walkers turned up for Rod & Maggie’s walk from Churston library – Greenway circular, a distance of about 7 miles.
After the usual formalities we set off down the hill towards Broadsands to find the conveniences inconveniently closed!
Proceeding along the farm lane and turning right we followed the path to the golf course entrance and entered the village of Churston. Here we turned right along the road and under the old railway bridge (this used to carry the branch line from Churston into Brixham) before turning left along the Brixham Road as far as Lupton House.
Crossing the road we entered the drive leading to the house at the end of which we stopped for a drinks (and convenience) break. We them climbed the hill along the permissive path, ducking the bullets from a pheasant shoot – amid much banter from the group who insisted that the leader in a yellow jacket was the prime target (just to clarify the shooters stopped and waited for us to pass) and over the field until we reached the road to Kingswear.
Having crossed the road we entered a path to our left which we followed as far as Maypool passing the mobile phone mast as we did so. At this time of year with no leaves on the adjacent trees the “electronics” were clearly visible, though I doubt that many of the walkers noticed them.
Having turned left at the road we passed through the hamlet and reached the edge of the Greenway Estate where we sat on the log for lunch while we gazed down the River Dart to Dartmouth. After lunch we walked across another field and turned right to gain the path which leads down through the woods to the Greenway Road and down to the farm. Walking downhill through a couple of fields with wonderful views of Galmpton Creek.
Once upon the beach it was uphill all the way to the village where some of the walkers left us to visit the pub and the rest of us climbed up Slade Lane to the common which we crossed and returned to our starting point. It was a lovely walk which we all enjoyed and just the thing to start the new year off.