Our walk this week was the very first Sunday Walk for around six months due the COVID 19 Spring and Summer Lockdown. It was good for people to get together again and ‘catch up’.
Fourteen people took part. Denise was co-leader and managed the admin as well as helping to lead the walk. There is now a requirement to take a register at the start with names and contact numbers and a risk assessment form to be completed. Thank you Denise!
The walk was postponed from February due to storms at that time. A few showers initially but as the day progressed, decent sunshine.
Today we experienced some of the rolling Devon countryside between Dartmoor and Exmoor for just over eleven miles. The walk along the Hunters Path above the River Teign is probably one of the most beautiful footpaths in the Dartmoor National Park.
Our route covered Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, White Thorn Farm, Ford Farm, Crockernwell, Combe Hall, and a return route to Drewsteignton via the Hunters Path.
Afterwards some of us stopped at the Globe Hotel Chagford for refreshments, suitably distanced in compliance with regulations.
Both Denise and I would like to say a big thank-you to all those who took part.
Finally some local information: Castle Drogo is a country house and castle near Drewsteignton. It was built for Julius Drew the hugely successful founder of the Home and Colonial Stores. The architect was Edwin Lutyens. The castle is said to be one of Lutyens finest buildings. It was built at the same time as Lutyens Work in New Delhi and reflects many similarities in design.
The village of Drewsteignton used to be a stopping place on the Old Road from Exeter to Okehampton ~ It was important as a wool producing area in Medieval Times. There are also some limestone quarries and a small tin mine in the vicinity.