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Dartmoor Way walking route launch 30 April - 2 May 2022

If you have walked on or around Dartmoor over the past year, you may have noticed new waymarks showing the Dartmoor Way.   This is a new 110-mile long-distance circular trail around Dartmoor, passing through many of the towns and villages on the edge of the moor.  It also includes a 23-mile east-west High Moor Link between Tavistock and Buckfast.  The path route been developed jointly by Ramblers in Devon and Dartmoor National Park and is now marked on the latest OS maps of the area with the usual green diamonds denoting recreational routes.  Members of various Ramblers Groups in Devon have been involved in developing and waymarking the route, not least our very own James Baldwin, my predecessor as East Devon Chair and subsequently Treasurer of Devon Area Ramblers, who is a member of the Dartmoor Way Steering Committee, has been involved in this project since 2009, latterly particularly in securing funding for the project.

The launch of the Dartmoor Way, originally planned for May last year, had to be postponed owing to the covid-19 restrictions, but is now being held as a long weekend of guided walks from Saturday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2022.  There will be 18 walks of various lengths, plus 2 special family-friendly walks, a family cycle ride and a walk led by the wheelchair access group.  Details of the walks are set out in the attached pdf. There will be a booking system for all events, and details have been placed on the Dartmoor Way website at click to go to the walking site, click again to view the information page and then again for each day's events. The Dartmoor Way Steering Committee very much hope you will be able to join one or more of these events and enjoy the magnificent scenery along this new trail.  James is planning to meet, greet and answer questions at the Bovey Tracey start point on the Saturday and Monday (walk numbers 1,2,14,15 and 21) and would be particularly pleased to see some East Devon members there.

Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP)

The LORP is now well underway and will continue until 2023.  This will cause considerable disruption to car parking and footpaths along the river Otter from South Farm Road (White Bridge) to Lime Kiln car park at Budleigh Salterton.  Leaders are advised of possible disruption in this area while the project is in progress.

Further information can be found on the website

East Devon Ramblers Annual General Meeting

The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 22nd November at 2pm by zoom. Many thanks to all who joined in.  We welcome to our committee Julie Croskery, who was voted in as our new treasurer, and our thanks go to Roy Crowther who retired from the post after nine years of sterling service.  The AGM marked our 50th year as a Ramblers walking group.  To view a copy of the draft minutes of the meeting, please follow link here.