The forecast for the day was, to say least, not very encouraging. However apart from one shower at Goodrington in the morning, the day turned out to be lovely.
In all 15 members joined the walk at various places along the route, 6 of which did the full loop. We traversed the usual path along the coast to Brixham via Elbury, Churston and Fishcombe Coves and returned via America Lane and Churston golf course to make a balloon shaped walk of approximately 16 miles.
This walk has a personal history for me, which dates back to my early days shortly after I moved to Torquay, in 1966. I had just started a new job at Manor House the RNIB’s Employment Rehabilitation Centre in the Lincombes (now closed). Each bank holiday weekend we used to take those visually impaired clients who had not returned home for the weekend on a walk to Brixham. Some of us walked all the way while less capable people were taken in the minibus to meet the walkers at various points along the route. This was a regular trip for several years but on one occasion yours truly jokingly invited anyone willing, to walk back.
To my surprise 4 clients – my own age then – said they would love to do this so we returned all the way back to Manor House in time for our evening meal. We called ourselves “The Brixham Doublers” and future walks always had the return trip as part of the day. However changing times dictated that these walks had to be cancelled so for many years I did not undertake the “Brixham Double” until earlier this year when a fellow club member offered to do it with me. This was a successful day so I decided to put it into the programme for other members of the club to have a go.
Last Saturdays walk was the outcome and everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed the day, even if they did not complete the full walk. The company was great and the weather turned out to be good. Add to that the scenery along the route is special. What more could anyone want from a day out?