Rod & Maggie’s Exmouth – Powderham Walk – Saturday 8th June

The walk started at Starcross railway station for the ferry across the Exe to Exmouth. From the marina  we walked to the railway station to pick up 3 more walkers making a total of 16.
The walk was led by Rod & Maggie W and was about 11 to 12 miles in total. For the most part the weather was dry with sunny periods although we did have a couple of very light showers which did not spoil our day. The first part of our walk should have been alongside the River Exe but this part of the trail was closed presumably for significant repairs. From the station we walked along the road until we reached a path leading to the park where we picked up the the trail once again. Passing through a newish housing estate we joined the cycle path which we followed all the way to Topsham. Here we stopped for a lunch break overlooking the quay. Nowadays it is hard to appreciate that Topsham was once a thriving port, where captains and merchants plied their trade and dealt with their business probably in one of the local watering holes.
After lunch we boarded the Topsham ferry to cross the river to the swing bridge over the canal. The group was too big for one journey as the boat could only accommodate 11 passengers, so we had to wait and admire the scenery and wild life a while.
Walking back along the canal path towards Turf Locks we had to “fight” our way through the overgrown foiliage, which as one of the photos shows, was head-high in places. Personally I have never seen this path so overgrown in my many walks along the canal and this view was echoed by several of the group as we persevered along the path.
From Turf Locks we walked alongside the River Exe until we had to cross the main railway line and joined the road passing Powderham, back to our starting point.
This is a lovely walk and although quite long it is virtually completely level. Where else in Devon can you undertake a 12 mile walk through beautiful scenery which has no climbs to negotiate? A very enjoyable day!
Rod W