John’s Occombe Circular – Saturday 31st August

On the final Saturday morning in August, which felt rather Autumnal, 18 Torbay Ramblers gathered at Occombe Farm for an 8 mile circular walk, with Leader John Mellor.

The walk incorporated parts of the Torbay Totnes Trail and the John Musgrave Heritage Trail. We began by taking the underpass to the village of Marldon and soon were walking uphill past the Peace Garden and the Church of St John the Baptist. A footpath then over fields, with views across to Dartmoor.

Shortly after a coffee stop, everyone had to don waterproofs, as the rain fell quite steadily, if briefly. Thankfully the grey skies cleared and by the time we reached Berry Pomeroy Castle the sun was shining, and it was pleasantly warm.

We enjoyed lunch just outside the Castle, which is currently the responsibility of English Heritage. Whilst dining Al Fresco there was a discussion about the alleged ghosts that roam the ruins at night.

Uphill again, to take lanes and minor roads, via Hangman’s Cross and the Barton Pines Inn, to  reach an area adjacent to the Marldon Masts. The views from here were quite spectacular;  Berry Head visible to the west, and the coast of Lyme Bay to the east.

A downhill section then a path next to a field where Alpacas and goats were contentedly grazing.

Soon, the days ramble was complete and to round off an enjoyable outing, some of the walkers enjoyed refreshments in the Cafe at Occombe Farm.

Many thanks to Leader John for his efforts, and to back markers Helen and Wanda for keeping an eye on the proceedings.

Barry & Sal H