Saturday 23rd February 2019 – Howard and Wanda’s Torquay Walk

In beautiful sunshine 28 walkers met at Torquay Town Hall for a walk which was to take in some of the lesser known areas of the area. It was led by Howard B and Wanda H and was planned to be about 5 miles but by the end we had covered a bit more than that. We set off along the Lymington Road towards the coach station passing the bowling green and the tennis courts before cutting through the park to the coach station where we paused for a comfort stop. Moving across the coach station to the steps at the back we entered Parkfield Road and walked along until we reached a turning to the left. This is where the ancient road to Teignmouth climbed up the side of the valley which used to look down upon a quarry. This was the “main” route to Teignmouth but is now a quiet unmade lane leading up to Stantaway Common. Many years ago this was part of the Upton Leys Estate but was left to the Borough for recreational purposes. Continuing down the lane we reached Cricketfield Road which we followed up as far as Barton Road where we turned left before crossing the road and taking a path leading into Chapel Woods. Circling around the woods we did a steady climb until we reached the Chapel itself where we paused for a drinks break and a piece of Wanda’s delicious cake! The views from up here are stunning as hopefully the photos show. After our drinks break we set off down another path and zig-zagged our way down eventually joining the Newton Road at its junction with Shiphay Lane. Crossing the main road at this point and passing over the railway bridge we turned left into a road which is the exit road from Rowcroft Hospice. Proceeding along this road we entered the private grounds of the hospice. I should point out at this point that Wanda (who is on the committee of the hospice) had obtained permission to lead a walk through the grounds otherwise we would have had to take a path to the left before the gates to avoid the private property of the hospice. We exited the grounds in Avenue Road where we turned right and after a short distance right again then left to parallel the railway. After a short distance we entered Sherwell Valley Road which we climbed until we turned left up a path which brought us to a point just above Cockington. Crossing the road we turned right and crossed the fields above and slightly beyond the village before descending a path to another field where we stopped for lunch. After lunch we dropped down the hill and took the high path back towards the village. We then took another path which dropped us down to Cockington Court where the walk ended. It was a lovely walk and nearly everyone said that they had passed through areas that they did not know existed or had not visited for many, many years.

Rod W