There were eight walkers on todays walk from Averton Gifford, following part of the Avon Estuary Trail to Bigbury-On-Sea, returning along field paths and hedged lanes.
The main highlight of the day was walking the stretch of coast path from Bigbury-on-Sea via Challaborough to Aymers Cove. We had impressive views with the magnificent Autumnal Silver Light. We enjoyed a sunny start when we walked up Drunkards Hill and were fortunate enough to witness the seasonal colours of the trees in the distance along the Avon below.
However it did rain at lunch time as we approached the rather exposed Bigbury Golf Course above Hexdown. Waterproofs hastily donned but it did mean that the view across the other side to Bantham was disappointingly murky today.
The River Avon is certainly one of the prettiest rivers in South hams. It is only 40 kilometres in length with a very varied course. It rises at Ryders Hill above the Avon reservoir, one of our regular walks on the Moors. The Course of the Primrose Line from South Brent to Kingsbridge runs in part along the Avon Valley. It was opened in 1893 and closed for economic reasons in the 1960s. This line used to have stations at Avonwick, Gara Bridge Loddiswell and reached Kingsbridge via the disused Sorley Tunnel.
Having walked up Drunkards Hill near Aveton Gifford we headed to Millburn Orchard close to the tidal stretch of the river. Kata very kindly distributed homemade treats. Having walked by Bigbury Golf Course and Mount Folly we had lunch at the beach café at Bigbury, which is open most days.
We walked the SWCP for about 1.5 miles and turned off for Ringmore. A group photo was taken at Ayrmers Cove overlooking the sea, crashing on the rocks behind and below us. Part of the inland route included a section of sunken lane which was wet and overgrown ~ A challenge for all of us!
Before the drive home afternoon tea at the Fisherman’s Rest. Time for Relaxation. Finally I must thank both Kata and Denise for their help in making this outing possible, particularly the recky last Tuesday which was a far worse day weatherwise!