Sunday 10 February 2019- David’s Chagford Circular

Seven walkers met David at the Market House clock in Chagford, on this Sunday morning in the sunshine. The walk in store was one of David’s specials: along the Two Moors Way to Teigncombe, Kestor Rocks, the Longstone, Fernworthy, Yardworthy, Hurston, Higher and Lower Corndon, Meldon Hill, and back to the start. The weather that awaited us included scattered showers and hailstones, a strong Dartmoor wind at the highest point on Kestor, but also plenty of winter sun. David led the way out of this lovely little town, on a route past the kennels, and the desirable Holystreet Manor. After a steady pull up to Teigncombe we had coffee in the lea of the hedged path before tackling Kestor Rocks in a biting shower of hail. If you look closely at the trail sign at Teigncombe it indicates the footpath is part of the Two Moors Way, the Coast to Coast Mariners Way, and the intriguingly titled Mary Michael Pilgrim’s Way. The latter is a walking pilgrimage route across England from Cornwall to Norfolk, still being developed. See http://marymichaelpilgrimsway.org . After looking at the ancient settlement the Longstone was the ideal backdrop for our group photo. Luckily at Fernworthy our lunch was a sunny affair, and the reservoir and the overflowing dam looked dramatic. There were no more stops apart from the usual admiration of wayside post boxes, and wildlife, and after struggling up the side of Meldon Hill and on to Meldon Common, it was downhill all the way to Chagford and tea and hot cross buns at David’s. From the lucky seven thank you David for another wonderful ten mile Chagford walk, followed by your ever generous hospitality. A special day.

Ken B