The West Downers Men’s Walking Club

We are a club for reasonably active blokes who enjoy a morning ramble for a few hours followed by a pint or two in an inviting hostelry.
We walk fortnightly during the second and fourth week of each month usually on a Thursday.
Please meet at 09.00 am (unless stated otherwise) in the Parish Hall car park in West Down where we can share transport.
If you would like to join us and for more information please contact Ian Rothwell on 01271 871018 or Tony Stafford on 07866 804788

Please be aware that all walks have been suspended until further notice

 2020 Walks

January –  Pop-up walk Baggy Point – 5 miles .. date to be confirmed subject to weather
Lunch at The Thatch

February – Pop-up walk – Fremington Quay – date to be confirmed subject to weather an easy 3 miles along the Tarka Trail and tranquil Fremington Pill
Lunch at The New Inn

March 12th – Hunter’s Inn to Woody Bay – our usual start to the walking year with a 5 mile walk along the old carriageway and returning by the coast path.
Lunch at The Hunter’s Inn

March 26th – Parkham to Peppercombe – a return to the lovely views along the coast path – 6 miles of heaven.
Lunch at The Bell Inn, Parkham

April 9th – Monkleigh, Tarka Trail and Frithelstock – a 7 mile circular through the countryside west of Torrington and along the River Torridge on a splendid walk
Lunch at The Bell Inn, Monkleigh

April 23rd – Slattenslade – 4 miles from Woody Bay to Crock Point. A stunning springtime walk.
Lunch at The Fox & Goose, Parracombe

May 14th – Dulverton – sparkling rivers, lovely woodlands, open moorlands and memorable views – a short 4 mile ramble as an appetiser for
Lunch at Woods Restaurant and Bar

May 28th – Lee Bay to Caffyn’s Heanton Wood – a 6 mile country walk looking over the spectacular Valley of the Rocks.
Lunch at The Beggar’s Roost

June 11th – Luxborough – a 4 mile tramp in an idyllic area – all that a walker could wish for.
Lunch at The Royal Oak

June 25th – Saunton Sands and Braunton Burrows – a 6 mile ramble through the sand dunes and along the beach
Lunch at The Williams Arms

July 9th – Whistlandpound Reservoir, Twitchen and Hunnacott – a 5 mile stroll around a most pleasantly scenic and unspoiled part of inland North Devon.
Lunch at The Pyne Arms

July 23rd – Pinkery Pond – an easy 3 mile walk up on The Chains of Exmoor
Lunch at The Black Venus

August 13th – Haddon Hill & Wimbleball Lake – a 6 mile circular around the lovely valley and a magnificent woodland walk.
Lunch at The London Inn, Molland

August 27th – North Molton – an easy 3 mile walk through delightful water meadows by the River Mole
Lunch at The Poltimore Inn

Sept 10th – Malsmead and Brendon – 5 miles to enjoy again the views along the East Lyn river and the moorland as we walk the fields and quiet country lanes.
Lunch at The Staghunters

Sept 24th – Bampton and Morebath – a pleasant excursion via fields and green lanes to the little hamlet of Morebath on this nearly 6 mile from the once important wool and market town of Bampton.
Lunch at The Swan

Oct 8th – Trentishoe Down – this inspiring 4 mile walk takes in the tiny church at remote Trentishoe then returns on a glorious gentle path above the woodlands of Heddon Valley
Lunch at The Hunter’s Inn

Oct 22nd – Chittlehampton, Pitt Wood and Umberleigh – a 6 mile ramble in a very rural and unspoilt area of North Devon across easy going fields and pretty woods.
Lunch at The Bell

Nov 12th – Beaford, Great Barlington and Roborough – a fairly level 5 mile stroll along quiet lanes, across open fields, through woodland and across streams.
Lunch at The Globe Inn

Nov 26th – Codden Hill – nearly 6 miles walking from Landkey to the 620 foot summit for a magnificent view of the Taw-Torridge estuary.
Lunch at The Castle Inn

Walking Club Members
David Maidment – 01271 864349 –
Eric Philipson – 01271 865480 –
Ian Rothwell – 01271 871018 –
Roger Parry – 01271 855678 –
Tony Stafford – 07866 804788 –
David Pepper – 01271 372413 –
Ashley Daly – 01271 814988-
Bill Scholes – 01271 865382 –


Photos from past memorable walks

West Down via Little Comfort/ Halsinger/ Heddon Mills/ Foxhunters


Lovely day for the first walk after the latest lockdown….socially distanced  of course (2 metres spacing at arms length).


Fremington Quay to Instow


Weather was good but very breezy….and a visit to the Boatyard in Instow for a pint and some grub  capped a pleasant walk.


Baggy Point


Spot the difference!

First walk of 2020 – circular walk starting at Croyde taking in the fabulous views around Baggy Point.


Greater Hangman and Combe Martin


Great day for walking up the Greater Hangman which is the highest point on the South West Coastal Path at 1043ft above sea level with cliff face of 800ft which is the highest in England. Its a fair old slog to get up there but worth the effort with the spectacular views on hand.




Too early in the season to encounter Countisbury Hill so a leisurely walk from Lynmouth to Ash Bridge was well received on a sunny (but cool) day









Hunters Inn to Woody Bay



After some wet weather the waterfall at Woody Bay was in full flow











Dunkery Beacon



A great walk today – if great means that tortuous final climb up from Horner Water!!

As I said to my Aussie friends ……. UK  6 ….. Australia 0








Chittlehampton, Pitt Wood and Umberleigh



…..into the fairy woods.








Monkleigh, Tarka Trail and Frithelstock





Clifton – East Down – Bugford


North Pole….here we come




David Pepper tying Eric up in knots in the Pyne Arms






Pop-Up Walk – Lee


… and guess who’s Compo !!!







Hawkridge and Anstey Common

“One boot Eric – muddied and bloodied” – “Roger, Eric, Ian and Chris … the long hard road”










Winford Hill

Paul, being an old Briton, holds the Caractacus Stone on the top of Winsford Hill whilst we munch our flapjacks.












Wills Neck and Triscombe Combe

Blue skies made for a spectacular walk on the Quantocks. These Hill ponies were very friendly…possibly because Eric had some tasty morsels to share with them!!



Arlington Court and Loxhore

Roger was torn between his jug of gravy and a pint of Exmoor at the Pyne Arms, East Down….the pint didn’t stand a chance!!









Many thanks to Chris and Mandy for arranging a great day at Lundy….their enthusiasm and guided tours made up for some rather drab cold weather…and we all got to see the Puffins!!!



















Dolton and Cherbeer

Lovely day for a walk … and a special occasion as Eric had TWO pints!!












Hurlstone and Selworthy Beacon

Passing some Exmoor ponies near Selworthy Beacon







Hunters Inn and Cherryford Hill via Woody Bay and Martinhoe Common

Another great walk on a very sunny day. The waterfall at Woody Bay was in full flow due to some pretty poor weather in the days leading up to the walk.








Woolacombe to Putsborough returning via Woolacombe Down

Ian and Eric striding out
















Baggy Point and Saunton Down

……… “smilers” !!       






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Chumleigh and Eggesford Forest

Club members considering whether this mode of transport will get them to the pub sooner…the only problem is the Red Lion doesn’t have a landing pad!!







Dunster Park and Withycombe Hill

Another lovely walk and the Somerset weather didn’t disappoint.

Dunster Castle in the background











Bampton and Morpeth

And our intrepid leader Tony quotes……”Chaps – lovely walk – thank you for the support, criticism, banter and beer!!”













River Barle


Withypool and Tarr Steps

Happy walkers by the River Barle







Woody Bay





Hunters Inn and Woody Bay 

Best of the year so far!! – first walk of the season – after some very poor weather we struck a piece of gold in the sky….this was Devon at it’s best!!






Slade and Borough Valley Walk

“…..walking is Man’s best medicine…..”









Sheepwash Walk – A good 6 mile walk around the village of Sheepwash with David contemplating his next house move!













Lee Abbey


Valley of the Rocks Walk –  Fabulous weather today for our walk along the Valley of the Rocks – here above Lee Abbey.















Exford and Room Hill Walk – Lyncombe HillFlapjack time for Smiler, Truly and Foggy on a lovely Friday morning. Special thanks to Compo for his fine photographic skills.











Lundya lunch break by Gannets’ Rock during a great trip to Lundy Island last Thursday









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Buck Mills Eric looking a little sweaty half way through our circular walk from Parkham via Buck’s Mills









Dave Wellings


DaveWellings – Dave persuading Eric to have a dip













SkinnyDip – Eric and Dave getting very cold













DunkeryBeacon – Mike Lehan (from Australia), Eric, Tony and Ian reaching the heights on a beautiful September day












CountisburyHill – a beautiful 8 mile walk ending on the Coast path looking towards Lynton













Slim v Tubby – David and Tony sporting their physiques!!













Coddenhill – David, Ian and Eric munching Pippa Stafford’s fantastic flapjacks on Codden Hill