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 a.m (unless stated otherwise) in the Parish Hall car park 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 01271 871712


Walks for 2018

January          Pop-up walk around Knowle – 5 miles .. date to be confirmed subject to weather – Lunch at The Ebrington Arms

February         Pop-up walk around Lee – 4 miles .. date to be confirmed subject to weather – Lunch at The Grampus

March 8th       Hunter’s Inn to Woody Bay – our usual start to the walking year with a 5 mile walk along the coast path and returning by the old carriageway. – Lunch at The Hunter’s Inn

March 22nd     Clifton – East Down – Bugford – a 6 mile walk with lovely views, quiet woodlands and picture-postcard villages. – Lunch at The Pyne Arms

April 12th         Monkleigh, Tarka Trail and Frithelstock – an 8 mile circular through the countryside west of Torrington and along the River Torridge on a splendid walk – Lunch at The Bell Inn, Monkleigh 

April 26th         Rockford to Brendon and Dry Bridge – 6 miles along the East Lyn valley to Brendon and then a climb out up to Shilstone Hill. – Lunch at The Rockford Inn

May 10th         Parkham to Peppercombe – a return to the lovely views along the coast path – 6 miles of heaven. – Lunch at The Coach and Horses, Buckland Brewer 

May 31st         Lee Bay to Caffyn’s Heanton Wood – a 6 mile country walk looking over the spectacular Valley of the Rocks. – Lunch at The Cottage Inn, Lynbridge

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June 11th to 17th        Irish Week – we fly to Cork for a 6 day special taking in 4 walks in this wonderful country. Full details to be published separately.

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June 28th        Saunton Sands and Braunton Burrows – a 6 mile ramble through the sand dunes and along the beach. – Lunch at The Williams Arms

July 12th         Dolton, Huish and the River Torridge – 08.30 start for a long walk of nearly 9 miles around the remote and undulating Torridge Valley – steep and muddy in places. – Lunch at The Rams Head

July 26th         Braunton to Georgeham trail – this beautiful 7 mile walk passes through open countryside, farmland and the villages of Nethercott, North Buckland and Lobb. – Lunch at the Aggi

August 16th     Dunkery Beacon – a return to the highest point on Exmoor and the wooded valleys of Horner Water and East Water for a 7 and a bit mile hike to Luccombe village. – Lunch at the Crown Hotel, Exford

August 30th     Chittlehamholt to Warkleigh Circular – a 6 mile walk around the wooded valleys and hills by the River Mole. – Lunch at The Exeter Inn

Sept 13th        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 20th        Crediton to Salmonhutch and Posbury – an early start at 08.30 for this trip to mid Devon to walk for 6 miles plus along the River Yeo and the Devonshire Heartland Way to Posbury. – Lunch at the Lamb Inn, Sandford

Oct 11th          Marwood, Ash Barton and Boode – a fairly local 8 mile walk through very lovely and quiet countryside and passing by two very interesting old manor-houses. – Lunch at The Muddiford Inn

Oct 25th          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 8th           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 22nd        Appledore, Diddywell and Northam Burrows – we start along the quay for this 6 mile circular walk with the familiar views of Clovelly to Baggy Point visible before we join the coastal path around the links golf course. – Lunch at The Beaver Inn

 

Current Walking Club Contacts

Chris Dee                                 01271 870130               chris_w_dee@hotmail.com

David Maidment                    01271 864349               davrondevon@outlook.com

Eric Philipson                         01271 865480               philipson8ra@btinternet.com

Ian Rothwell                           01271 871018               ihrothwell@btinternet.com

John Morley                                                                    moles1983@gmail.com

Paul Robbins                          01271 865712               mrprobbins@yahoo.com

Roger Parry                             01271 855678              randnparry@hotmail.com

Tony Stafford                          01271 871712               toestafford@gmail.com

 


Photos from past memorable walks

Dunkery Beacon

16.8.2018

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

10.5.2018

 

…..into the fairy woods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monkleigh, Tarka Trail and Frithelstock

12.4.2018

 

 

 

Clifton – East Down – Bugford

22.3.2018

North Pole….here we come

 

 

 

David Pepper tying Eric up in knots in the Pyne Arms

 

 

 

 

 

Pop-Up Walk – Lee

22.2.2018


… and guess who’s Compo !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawkridge and Anstey Common

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

27.10.2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winford Hill

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

14.9.2017


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

10.8.2017

 

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!!

27.7.2017


 

 

 

 

 

 

Lundy

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!!!

29.6.2017


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolton and Cherbeer

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

25.5.2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurlstone and Selworthy Beacon

Passing some Exmoor ponies near Selworthy Beacon

13.4.2017


 

 

 

 

 

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.

9.3.2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woolacombe to Putsborough returning via Woolacombe Down

Ian and Eric striding out

12.1.2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baggy Point and Saunton Down

……… “smilers” !!       

   27.10.2016

 

 

 

 

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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!!

13.10.2016

 

 

 

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Dunster Park and Withycombe Hill

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

Dunster Castle in the background

(30.9.2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bampton and Morpeth

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

(25.8.2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River Barle

 

Withypool and Tarr Steps

Happy walkers by the River Barle

(14.7.2106)

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

(10.3.2016)

 

 

 

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Slade and Borough Valley Walk

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

(14.12.2015)

 

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

(30.9.2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Abbey

 

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

(10.9.2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

(4.9.2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

(16.7.2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DaveWellings – Dave persuading Eric to have a dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SkinnyDip – Eric and Dave getting very cold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

CountisburyHill

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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