Stephen’s Shaldon to Brunel Manor Walk – Saturday 7th September

A warm day with a mixture of sun and cloud for Stephen’s first led walk, where 22 metat Shaldon Primary school for a 5 mile stroll to Brunel Manor.

As most of you will know this section of the coastpath is undulating (to say the least).and by lunch time quite a few  felt they had done enough at the 3.5 miles mark, the pub in Maidencombe. The pub however was closed following a recent fire so no refreshments available. Nevertheless we had  a drinks break at the top of  “cardiac” hill (just beyond Shaldon) before taking the road for a short distance.

A steep path followed then yet another path below Labrador car park. The higher path afforded glorious views across the bay and a liner was espied on the sea horizon. I could not resist zooming for a closer look (see photo). This vessel had been moored here for several days for who knows what reason.

Having reached the green at Maidencombe we had our lunch before continuing down to the coastal path for a while before taking the higher route, eventually to Watcombe Beach car park.

For the whole duration of our walk we had to give way to runners who were taking part in the annual Exeter to Babbacombe run along the coast path – a gruelling route to walk, let alone run. At this point several of the group decided to leave, while 8 of us continued on to Brunel Manor.

This took us through Brunel Woods past the carving of the great man himself and into the Manor. We enjoyed refreshments on the terrace, in warm sunshine with lovely views down the garden and to the sea. A fitting end to a lovely walk.

Rod W