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Templer Way, Teign Estuary Walk, June 2017

5 Jun 2017 | Devon Group
Templer Way, Teign Estuary Walk, 4th June 2017

A big thank you to David and Terry for leading this great walk.

At the end we took a few minutes for a very fruitful discussion about the GOC, a club we all love but that we recognise is aging and fragile, and important changes that have been proposed to help make it more viable for the future.

Ably led by Terry and David, we left Newton Abbot behind and in pouring rain set off East along the Templer Way down the Teign estuary.

Ably led by Terry and David, we left Newton Abbot behind and in pouring rain set off East along the Templer Way down the Teign estuary.

Skirting the muddy shores ...

Skirting the muddy shores ...

... were around 20 of us, including three dogs ...

... were around 20 of us, including three dogs ...

... two of whom frolicked in the waters.

... two of whom frolicked in the waters.

We reached Coombe Cellars pub around lunchtime, where some sat outside in the rain eating their sandwiches, and some a roast lunch. However, while we ate, the rain cleared and the sun came out ...

We reached Coombe Cellars pub around lunchtime, where some sat outside in the rain eating their sandwiches, and some a roast lunch. However, while we ate, the rain cleared and the sun came out ...

... drying us, and providing better views up the estuary ...

... drying us, and providing better views up the estuary ...

... and down towards Teignmouth and Shaldon.

... and down towards Teignmouth and Shaldon.

Replete, we set off inland, avoiding the estuary path which was now covered by the incoming tide, and toiled up through wheat (?) fields ...

Replete, we set off inland, avoiding the estuary path which was now covered by the incoming tide, and toiled up through wheat (?) fields ...

... towards great views back to the pub and the surrounding countryside.

... towards great views back to the pub and the surrounding countryside.

The start of June in Devon is a time of beauty and abundance, with wheat (surprisingly, as I thought Devon was too wet for wheat) ...

The start of June in Devon is a time of beauty and abundance, with wheat (surprisingly, as I thought Devon was too wet for wheat) ...

... trees blooming ...

... trees blooming ...

... and bees busy among the hedgerow flowers.

... and bees busy among the hedgerow flowers.

Despite more rain looming ...

Despite more rain looming ...

... we continued past a distant Haccombe House ...

... we continued past a distant Haccombe House ...

... climbing strongly up the slopes ...

... climbing strongly up the slopes ...

... and led by Wolfie (named after Mozart, apparently, not the wild creatures of the north).

... and led by Wolfie (named after Mozart, apparently, not the wild creatures of the north).

Before we returned to Newton Abbot, there were other delightful surprises, such as this instalation of old Fords.

Before we returned to Newton Abbot, there were other delightful surprises, such as this instalation of old Fords.

 
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