Walking


Contact: Chris & Janet Dimond
Telephone: 01208 871784

Email: chris.dimond(at)btinternet(dot)com or CLICK HERE




Main Walks (Normally 4-6 miles)
1 per month, on the second Tuesday of every month. Meeting point (for car sharing etc) at Lostwithiel Community Centre



Short Walks (Normally 3-4 miles)
1 per month, on the last Tuesday of every month. Meeting point at Lostwithiel Community Centre


For both Long and Short Walks please meet at the Community Centre  from 10.15a.m to leave at 10.30a.m.

Looking forward to seeing you all, plus volunteers as Walk Coordinators and any suggestions/ideas for our programme.

Future walk dates. Please let Chris or Janet ( 01208 871784) know if you would like to organise a walk.


REPORTS FROM THE FIRST  HALF OF 2017 AVAILABLE HERE



UPDATE 19 AUGUST 2017


REPORT OF WALK ON 15TH AUGUST  - AROUND ST. AGNES BEACON

On one of the best days in August with bright blue skies and constant sunshine twelve lucky walkers enjoyed a typical Cornish walk with stunning coastal views and inland woods and fields.

Although having to cope with a slight traffic hold up on the A30 we were soon nearing the village of St Agnes a prehistoric and modern centre for the mining of copper, tin and arsenic until the 1920's. Local industry has also included farming and fishing and more recently tourism.

We parked on the cliffs at Carn Gowla near the National Coastwatch Institution Lookout. These 300ft cliffs run south from the headland of St Agnes Head. Walking along the South West Coast Path we pass the little promontory of Tubby's Head, once an Iron Age settlement fortified by an earth embankment across its neck. From here we passed through what once was an industrial landscape, where the ruins of mine buildings stand as dramatic memorials to Cornwall's great era of mining.


One such building is the Towanroath engine house, the former pumping house for the Wheal Coates Mine, an ideal place for our first pictorial record.


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Descending into the popular Chapel Porth Beach with many people in the surf we stop at the seasonal café for some birthday cake to celebrate Sue's recent birthday-the cake very kindly made by Anne.


After a suitable break we head up Chapel Coombe are are soon in delightful woodland with the odd property hidden in the trees. Out into the open again we walk for a short distance on a minor road before turning upwards alongside the entrance to

the Beacon Country House Hotel towards the Beacon. From its 630ft height we had great views around 360 degrees including St Ives along the coast. With such a view it was decided this was an ideal place for our lunch sheltered on the north side from the breeze .


Walking down again towards coast we noticed the burnt marks of an earlier gorse and heather fire. A fire which affected 5 hectares, an area equivalent to eight football pitches.

Back down to the coast path again and turning left towards the car park and our journey home



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UPDATE 4 AUGUST 2017

NOTICE OF WALK ON THE 15TH AUGUST

AROUND ST AGNES BEACON



1) 5 MILE WALK TAKING IN COASTAL PATH AND INLAND WOODS AND FIELDS

2) GREAT VIEW FROM ST AGNES BEACON-SEE PHOTO LOOKING TOWARDS ST IVES

3) BRING PICNIC IF  REQUIRED- CAFE AND TOILETS AVAILABLE AT CHAPEL PORTH BEACH

4) ONE MAJOR CLIMB UP TO BEACON

5) WE WILL PROBABLY PARK ON COAST PATH NEAR COAST WATCH STATION

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9.45AM FOR 9.50AM DEPARTURE.

IF YOU COULD LET US KNOW BY SUNDAY AUGUST 13TH IF YOU WANT TO GO AND IF YOU ARE ABLE TO OFFER TRANSPORT.

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET



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UPDATE 31 JULY 2017

 ANNUAL WALK -ST WINNOW WAY MONDAY 28TH AUGUST

This walk, organised by our members Rob and Sue Wheeler and friends of Bradoc and St Winnow Church is a regular event and helps to raise money for both Bradoc and St Winnow Church Funds.

We start at Bradoc Church at 12.00 noon for everyone to enjoy their own picnic with tea, coffee or a cold drink being provided.

The walk starts at 1.00pm through the Boconnoc Estate and on to St Nectans Chapel where a splendid afternoon tea will be available to purchase-the funds going to the church funds.





St Winnow Photo by  U3A Member Robert Pittman (CC BY-ND 2.0)

After time to enjoy the refreshments we will carry on to St Winnow where the famous Angies' tea room will be open and we will be able to rest and await the shuttle service of cars to take us back to Bradoc.

We hope that you can make it on this lovely walk with the additional benefit of the excellent refreshments, good company and the charitable cause.

If there is sufficient interest I can organise transport from Lostwithiel.

Please let me know by 23rd August if you would like to go on the walk and if you want to share transport.

Regards,

Chris and Janet


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UPDATE 27 JULY 2017


REPORT OF WALK OF 25 JULY 2017 – TOTNES AND THE MIDDLE DART

Boarding Cross Country Rail’s Manchester train from a sun-bathed Lostwithiel Station augured well for our first walk abroad that was to begin with a train journey through East Cornwall and into South Devon – a welcome reminder of the South West’s beautiful scenery, not often viewed from the tranquility of a modern train. Following a brief stop in Plymouth to load the restaurant car, the train arrived on schedule and our fifteen would–be walkers alighted and walked up the steep hill to the top of Totnes Fore Street, passing the castle on the way; one of the best preserved examples of a Norman Motte & Bailey Castle in England (The subject of a second trip, perhaps?). Agreeing to meet at the bottom of the Fore Street, the group dispersed to reconvene an hour later having fed and watered themselves and created the desire to return at a later date to view the many individual shops in more detail.

The walk proper started from the lowest bridging point on the River Dart where the gravel path followed the river to arrive at a weir defining the highest navigable point, adjacent to a disused Dairy Crest Creamery; originally the site of one of Brunel’s pumping stations for the Atmospheric South Devon Railway built in 1857. A wooden footbridge crossing a drainage ditch over a leat, which once supplied water to power a number of waterside industries and at the same time drained the marshes, afforded our first photo opportunity.




A short distance later we arrived at the gates of The Dartington Hall Estate, headquarters of the Dartington Hall Trust, a charity specializing in the arts, social justice and sustainability. Purchased in 1925 by Dorothy & Leonard Elmhirst they set about refurbishing and redeveloping the whole estate using Dorothy’s not inconsiderable inheritance and established a number of commercial enterprises to support it, many of which survive today. The trust runs 16 charitable programmes , including Schumacher College and The Dartington International Summer School, in addition to developing and promoting  arts and educational programmes, acting as hosts to other groups and as a venue for retreats. The hall itself is a grade 1 listed building and the gardens a Grade II* listed in the National Register of Historic Parks & Gardens.

At least one of our number could have made a home here!



Our purpose, however, was to enjoy a walk round the estate and so, after a walk through the courtyard, a brief look in the main hall and a stroll through the formal gardens we left by a gate at the top, glimpsing the Tors of Dartmoor on the horizon, before descending the hill, passing the Dartington sports grounds on the way to arrive at the Cider Press Centre for a look at the shops and a cup of tea.

Our route continued along a gravel path beside the river and on the fringe of rising woodland, passing the site of the original 1938 Tweed Mill with its working water wheel, to return to the lodge gate by which we entered the estate.

Retracing our steps along the river bank took us to Totnes railway station and the IT training that ensued. As Lostwithiel station has neither a ticket office nor ticket machine and the morning train had apparently been ticket-collector-less we had been unable to obtain tickets on the outward journey. Honest citizens that we are, since Totnes ticket office was also closed, we set about obtaining 15 independently funded tickets from the single machine on Totnes platform. This took more than half an hour, the last of us obtaining a ticket just as our train pulled into the station! As this train was also ticket-collector-less apparently, we were left wondering whether honesty really was the best policy!

On the whole a most enjoyable day out with excellent weather and a most interesting venue. The only thing missing? Chris, our regular leader who was unavoidably detained on the day, but is to be congratulated on his careful planning and detailed instructions!


Our time on the platform at Totnes did permit one member of the group to explore any blood relationship that may have existed with his double.






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UPDATE 11 JULY 2017

  WALK ON 25TH JULY

 

  DUE TO BAD WEATHER FORECAST THE WALK SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON THE 11TH   JULY WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON THE 25TH JULY.

  DETAILS OF THE WALK WILL BE AS SHOWN PREVIOUSLY.

  FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO COME WE WILL SEE YOU AT LOSTWITHIEL STATION TO  CATCH THE 10.45AM TRAIN TO TOTNES.

  IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US CAN YOU LET US KNOW BY SUNDAY 23RD JULY.

  REGARDS,

  CHRIS AND JANET


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UPDATE 5 JULY 2017

 NOTICE  OF WALK ON 11TH JULY

             THE MIDDLE DART AND A DAY OUT

 THIS WILL BE THE ONLY FORMAL WALK IN JULY AND WE SHALL ALSO BE DOING ONE ON 15TH AUGUST AND THEN REVERTING TO 2 PER MONTH IN SEPTEMBER.

 

1) A 5 MILE CIRCULAR WALK STARTING AND FINISHING IN TOTNES

2) WALKING ON SURFACED PATHS AND LANES BETWEEN TOTNES AND DARTINGTON

3) IT FEATURES ONE OF DEVON'S HISTORIC TOWNS, A REBUILT MEDIEVAL HALL, CLASSIC 20TH ARCHITECTURE AND A CRAFT CENTRE

4) WE WILL BE TRAVELING BY TRAIN FROM LOSTWITHIEL WITH TRAIN TIMES AS BELOW:-

       LOSTWITHIEL   DEPART    10.45AM     ARRIVE TOTNES    12.14PM

       TOTNES            DEPART    16.54         ARRIVE LOSTWITHIEL   18.13

          OR                 DEPART    17.17         ARRIVE       "               18.37PM

COST OF DISCOUNTED FARE   £9.20-(GROUP DISCOUNT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE)

6) TIME TO BROWSE IN TOTNES AND PLENTY OF CAFES, EATING PLACES OR BRING YOUR OWN.

5) PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE THIS WALK AND SO ROUTE MAY BE FLEXIBLE!

 

WE WILL MEET ON UPLINE PLATFORM FOR 10.45AM TRAIN. IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW BY SUNDAY 9TH IF YOU ARE COMING.

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET

 

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UPDATE 5 JULY 2017


REPORT OF WALK ON THE 27TH JUNE - AROUND ST. MAWGAN


After a few last minute enforced changes only 10 of us set off for the short drive to

St. Mawgan, an attractive village with an imposing 13th century church, a craft shop, a village store and tea room, a pretty school and The Falcon Inn all clustered together in the delightful wooded Vale of Mawgan.

The village is today home to Newquay Airport the long runway being built for RAF St Mawgan.

As expected we arrived at the tea room at 10.58 and with only 2 minutes to opening we all decided to have a drink or cake before starting our 4.5 mile circular walk.

Passing the lych-gate of St Mawgan-in-Pydar church we start our walk. Set in the Vale of Lanherne( the alternative name for the valley) the church was endowed by the Arundells who lived there from 13th to 18th century. 

In 1794 the Arundells gave their Manor House, the imposing building behind the church, to the Camelite nuns to use as a convent. Today an enclosed community of Franciscan Sisters live there still guarding the relics of St Cuthbert.



The route then takes us westerly along side the River Menalhyl, past a grand stone farm buildings and over the river, where we stopped for our posed photograph, and back on the northern side towards St Mawgan again and passed some imposing newer properties all with balconies looking over the valley.


Stopping some people returning to the café or pub we then started on our second loop and climbed above the village looking for our turning right - at this point our two leaders where in some doubt that they were going the right way despite some frantic map reading - we did indeed find the turn towards Lawrey's Mill and past some refurbished old building towards the river again and to a patch of ground that we could all sit and have our packed lunch.



The photograph taken during the meal shows that we had to put our rain coats on as we had the first real rain of the day. It didn't last long and we were soon on our way back to the car park and home before it did really rain.



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UPDATE 22 JUNE 2017

NOTICE OF WALK ON 27TH JUNE
      CIRCULAR WALK AROUND ST MAWGAN


1) 4.5 MILE CIRCULAR ROUTE ON FOOTPATHS AND MINOR ROADS

2) TWO FAIRLY STIFF CLIMBS AND A FEW STILES BUT OTHERWISE RELATIVELY EASY

3) NICE TEA ROOMS WITH GARDEN OPENS 11.00AM-3.00PM

4) WALK TAKES ABOUT 2.5 HOURS SO BRING PICNIC IF REQUIRED/DESIRED

5) WALK STARTS AT FREE CAR PARK BEHIND FALCON INN.

WE WILL MEET AT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 10.10AM FOR 10.15AM DEPARTURE

IF YOU COULD PLEASE LET US KNOW BY FRIDAY 23RD JUNE IF YOU WISH TO COME ON WALK AND IF YOU CAN OFFER TRANSPORT.

REGARDS,

CHRIS AND JANET




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REPORTS FROM THE FIRST  HALF OF 2017 AVAILABLE HERE




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