St. Marychurch to The Willows – Saturday 30th November



It was a grey day as 19 members turned up at Sainsburys in St Marychurch for a 5 mile linear walk to The Willows.
The walk was led jointly by Sarah D and yours truly who stepped in at short notice to replace Helen U who was unwell. We set off down St Marychurch Road and crossed the Teignmouth Road which we followed for about ½ mile or so. We branched off along a footpath and followed it to the foot of Steps Lane. At the top we turned left, then right into Brunel Woods pausing for a few minutes to look at his totem pole and his carved effigy, now looking somewhat worse for wear.
Taking the lower path with fine views to our left we exited onto a road which we followed downhill before turning right up Great Hill. At the top we stopped for a drinks break and admired the lovely views across to Berry Head to our left and Dartmoor to our right.
Great Hill is the highest point in Torquay and is home to a reservoir which serves much of Torquay. We then continued along the path until we came to a road and after a 100 metres we climbed a style and followed the footpath down hill to another road. Here we turned right through the upper part of Barton until we reached the back road from Torquay to Milber. Turning left and walking in single file for a short distance we reached the junction at which point we crossed over and took the road towards Kingskerswell. There is no footpath on this section so we bore right along a track which parallels the road for about 300 metres before crossing the road and entered a path opposite. This led us downhill into the Willows estate Walking through the estate we eventually accessed Brown Bridge Road which we followed for a short distance before taking the path on our left over the old tip (now green fields). Re-entering Brown Bridge Road we travelled down hill before turning left and taking the steps down to M & S where the walk ended. Some of us then decided to stop for a drink in the M & S cafe which was a perfect end to a good walking day – no rain!!
Rod W