The forecast for the day was not very encouraging with high winds and heavy showers but in the event we had bright sunshine for most of the way with just a couple of short light showers and for the most part were sheltered from the wind.
In all 21 walkers turned up for Rod and Maggie’s 6½ mile walk from Torquay sea front to Gallows Gate and return. We set off through the Water Meadows and into Cockington and then along the road as far as the pony field. Here we bore left along a path before turning up the steep hill and then along the gravel path which would take us all the way to our lunch break alongside the main road to Paignton.
On the way we paused at the top of the first hill for a drinks break and admired the beautiful rolling Devon countryside. At Gallows Gate we took an early lunch on the benches which, I am sad to say, are in an appalling condition. After lunch we returned along the same route to the point where the path joins another path half way up the hill where some of the group returned to Cockington but the majority of us climbed the hill and followed the path around the back of Cockington as far as Warren Barn where we walked down to the Game Keepers cottage and back into the village.
Some of us then went into Weavers for a much needed coffee. A great walk through some beautiful rolling countryside with distant views across to St Marychurch and beyond. One green field had already been tilled ready for spring sowing and there are signs of the approach of summer.