Helen’s Franklin Trail Walk – Saturday 9th March

There were 18 walkers and 2 dogs joining Helen for the Franklin Trail, which is a circular walk around Totnes.   This walk came to life as part of a legacy from Mr Edward Franklin who was a member of the Totnes Ramblers.  The opening ceremony for the trail took place on the 13th August 2017.
We started the walk at the Seven Stars and then proceeding along the Totnes Plains incorporating Moat Hill, Maudlin Road and Fishchowter’s Lane.  Thereafter we headed uphill  and at the top of the bridleway we saw enjoyed fantastic views over Totnes.
After coffee break we shortly joined the A381, passing the Toll House on the left and carried on until we reached the now closed Kingsbridge Inn at the top of Totnes town.  Two walkers and one dog departed the walk at this point.   We then crossed the A381 proceeding up Harper’s Hill and at the top we turned right onto a minor road.
 We reached the Plymouth Road at Follaton Cross and carried along the road until we got to Lower Copland Lane on the right.  Unfortunately we were not able to have lunch at the intended stop well along Lower Copland Lane due to excessive rain over the past week or so.  Instead we had to wade through some very large, muddy and somewhat unpleasant puddles continuing past the allotments where we reached Copland Meadows.  Lunch was enjoyed on the seats of Totnes Station (possibly a first for the Saturday Group) about half an hour later than planned.
After a lunch a quick stroll back to the Seven Stars followed where a group of 6 or 7 enjoyed some afternoon beverages.
Helen U