There were nine walkers out today. We assembled outside Dawlish Railway Station. We crossed the main road in the town centre and Adam did his briefing in the main park where we could see the famous black swans It was also a good opportunity for Adam to tell the group about the town of Dawlish and how it became a seaside holiday destination. I would like to thank Jenny for being the backmarker and in addition Helen for taking some photographs. Two new members joined us today : John and Roger. They were made welcome by everybody and we certainly hope that they will be able to join us before too long.
The walk itself was a mixture of field paths, quiet lanes, and green lanes. we headed out of Dawlish up Stockton Hill which enabled us to gain considerable height rather quickly . With the main ascent behind us, some field walking followed and a set of benches offered an ideal place to stop for coffee This proved to be an excellent view point with views of Dawlish and over the estuary to Exmouth.
Our walk then took us along Long Lane which was rather muddy, as can be expected in the winter. Then to Kenwood Farm, Basket Lodge Cross, and back to Dawlish via a bridleway towards the Sainsbury’s supermarket on Exeter Road . The final part of the walk was through a housing estate via Secmaton Lane, Little Week Road, Dawlish Leisure Centre and Sandy Lane. In the end we all decided to turn right at the bottom of Sandy Lane and arrived near the railway station, 15 minutes or so later.
Shortly afterwards, everyone stopped for tea and coffee at the Sea Breeze Cafe which is very close to both the Stage Coach bus stop and the railway station
By Adam S