The group was formed in 1970, and its inaugural walk took place in July. The 7 mile walk from Lime Kiln car park at Budleigh Salterton was described as 'A cliff and river walk', and included part of the coast path, White Bridge, Clamour Bridge and the River Otter. The founding was marked in March 2003, on the 2500th walk, by a repeat of the first walk. In June 2010 we celebrated our 40th year, and as well as walking the route again we invited members from the original walk to join us at the start for some delicious celebratory cake. Some joined us on the walk afterwards as well. We now look forward to celebrating our 50th year in 2020.
Our Friday morning walk on 21st December 2018 from Otterton, was one to remember, not only did it take in the beautiful views of Ladram Bay in the glorious winter sunshine but also as we were joined by Sophia and Tom from Ramblers Central Office, and the BBC Breakfast TV crew with presenter John McGuire. Three short sessions of interviews were broadcast live about the Festival of Winter Walks and the benefits of walking with the Ramblers. The festive season can be a difficult time for those on their own which is why the 2018/19 Festival focused on helping people connect with each other. Thanks to the brave souls who turned up at 6.30am in festive gear, and to Otterton Mill for opening early and providing coffee and breakfast. We hoped we made more people aware of what we do and the many benefits of walking. A very enjoyable morning.
Devon County Council recently completed the first bridge of a river-valley path, which crosses the River Coly. This is thanks to local volunteers, Rosemary and Alan Kimbell of the Ramblers, who two years ago worked tirelessly to ensure that a footpath in Devon was officially confirmed to be a public right of way.
The river-valley path winds its way through the Devon parishes of Northleigh, Farway, Colyton, and Southleigh and needs bridges installing over the river. Devon County Council have now completed the first of these, pictured above.
The Ramblers have proposed a diversion of the path to save the need for two additional bridges being built.
A great place to walk and great work by Devon County Council.
The annual 'Devon Area Impact Report' now has a new name Devon Ramblers Highlights.
The 'Devon Highlights 2018' contains information from Devon Area and Groups and you can view online or download here. A hard-copy version is available for all current members and new members, and as a hand-out brochure at displays and Road-shows.
East Devon Ramblers and visitors are always welcome to add photos and walk snippets to our Facebook visitors page, however we would welcome some more regular contributors to the main web page. If you are interested in helping out with photos, group holiday, social or walk reports, please contact FB admin Janette or Jennifer.
Wednesday 18 September 2019Starting at 10:30A moderate 9.5 mile / 15.3 km walk
Wednesday 18 September 2019Starting at 10:30A moderate 8 mile / 12.9 km walk
Friday 20 September 2019Starting at 10:00A leisurely 5 mile / 8 km walk
Friday 20 September 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Sunday 22 September 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 10 mile / 16.1 km walk
Sunday 22 September 2019Starting at 10:30A leisurely 7 mile / 11.3 km walk