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

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

16.9.2021 – 


1.4.2021 – 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).


4.1.2020 – 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.


23.1.2020 – Baggy Point

Spot the difference!

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


20.6.2019 – 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.  It’s a fair old slog to get up there but worth the effort with the spectacular views on hand.


28.3.2019 – Watersmeet

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








14.3.2019 – 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