Two walks were arranged before the end of 2018 to test the water. The first of these started from the Coach House restaurant by Escot House and explored the paths and lanes in and around the estate; the second was a shorter walk around Topsham that included an organ recital in St Margaret's Parish Church by one of our members.
Early in the New Year an inaugural meeting was held to lay down a programme of walks that was to start in earnest in February, and which is now in full swing. The first of the walks on the new programme covered that part of the Exeter Green Circle between Lidl at Wonford and Alphington Church, and succeeded in attracting a good number of participants despite a rather dreary day.
The second walk was around the Powderham Estate. Some members took advantage of their bus passes to travel to Kenton. Again there was a good level of support and those attending enjoyed a very pleasant easy walk through the parkland, along by the Estuary, and back to Powderham Castle Cafe for lunch. Well in evidence on the way round were a number of herons, who were collecting material for their nests.
The next walk started from Colaton Raleigh and took a route along paths, lanes and tracks first northwards past Yonder Hill garden, then towards Hawkerland, through Kingston and Stowford, crossing over the ford and back along a long wooded path to the Otter Inn for lunch. Numbers again were encouraging.
The most recent walk started at Newton Poppleford, some members again using their bus passes to travel out from Exeter, This was again a fairly gentle walk but with one or two short steep inclines. It meandered mostly on paths and tracks to Venn Ottery before a length of raod walking to Tipton St John. Here the road was left by the river bridge to follow the River Otter back down to Newton Poppleford and lunch for some at the Cannon Inn. Again pleasant if overcast conditions were enjoyed by those attending.