Saturday 7 March 2020 – Wanda’s Torquay to Cockington Walk

At Torquay Town Hall, 28 people (including two potential new members) turned up for Wanda’s 6 mile walk to Cockington. Our route took us along the Lymington Road as far as the coach station and then along Park Hill Road to the foot of a lane on our left. Climbing up this lane through the woods we arrived at Stantaway Common which used to be part of the Upton Leyes Estate. Many, many, years ago this lane was the main route to Teignmouth long before the Lymington Road area was built and looking at the area nowadays it is hard to believe that this was the case. From here we made our way up Cricketfield Road, and then left into Barton Road before taking a path on our right into Chapel Woods. At the derelict chapel we paused for a drinks break and enjoyed fine views across the valley. Making our way down through the woods we crossed the Newton Road, walked over the railway bridge in Shiphay Lane and entered the private road leading to Rowcroft Hospice. Passing through the grounds (Wanda had obtained permission for us to do this) we dropped down into Avenue Road where we turned right and made our way to Sherwell Valley where we walked through the park and up the hill before taking a path to our left which led us up the hill and then down into Cockington. We had lunch in the cricket pavilion after which we made our way past the lakes to the seafront. This was a nice 6 mile walk taking in some of Torquay’s past, and to top it all the weather was kind to us with no rain.

Rod W