Wanda’s Wander from Totnes to Dartmouth – Saturday 21st September

This was one of the longer Saturday walks, 13 ramblers met for Wanda’s  Wander from Totnes to Dartmouth, a distance of 12 miles.
We set off along The Plains to pick up the tarmac path to Ashprington, which afforded some lovely views over the River Dart. Walking towards the village we diverted into the community orchard for a drinks break, in the sunshine.
Passing through the village we hoped to cross the river via the stepping stones but unfortunately they were under water today so we dropped down to Bow Bridge and picked up the road towards The Maltsters Inn, before taking a path along the river bank and climbing uphill through a newly planted plantation.
At the top we stopped for our lunch and enjoyed great views across the valley and down the river. Afterwards, we continued along the path to reach a road, which we followed for a while before taking a rough track which descended through the woods and eventually on to another road, which we followed as far as Dittisham.
On the way we passed the old mill with its water wheel, which looked a little neglected. From Dittisham we took a road to our right and climbed up the hill to cross a stile into a field at the top of which are some of the best views over the Dart towards Greenway and beyond.
Traversing several more fields now we eventually took a road on the left, then a marked path down through the woods to Mill Creek.
Another hill  to climb and we finally arrived in Dartmouth. Wanda had timed the walk perfectly as she and several other walkers caught the bus here, back to Totnes. The rest made their way down to the ferry for Kingswear and the bus back to Torbay.
It had been a lovely walk – well worth the effort and with the exception of a short shower, we had fine weather.
Rod W