Hello again everyone
After our last glorious walk, I hope lots of you are keen to walk again! The bluebells are coming out really early this year, as we did have some really warm days before the cold returned! I have had several suggestions of walks we have done in the past, which people would like to repeat; so I have decided to offer 2 walks to enjoy the bluebells while they are with us.
The first walk will be to Lanhydrock, which we have not done for a few years now. Please meet at Ivybridge Railway Station at 8.55 am, to catch the 9.05 train direct to Bodmin on Saturday 27th April, arriving just after 10.00 am, from where we can walk various ways through the woods and paths. (This will avoid crowded trains on the following Bank Holiday weekend.) Going as a group, the fare is £7.60 each. If you are a National Trust member, you will be able to go into the formal grounds and house if you wish; if not, there is a cafe open to all for lunch, snacks or drinks. The woods are usually full of bluebells, and it makes a lovely day out, without lots of hills. We will aim to catch the 14.13 train home, arriving back in Ivybridge at 15.47. (A slightly longer journey home, as we have to change trains in Plymouth.) I have been asked to repeat this walk by several people, as it was enjoyed so much last time. Trainers or walking boots should be fine for this walk; please bring a drink and snack with you, but there is a cafe for lunch if you like.
Then, as the first weekend in May is a Bank Holiday weekend, I will offer a second walk, on Saturday 4th May, closer to home this time. We will meet at Ivybridge Railway Station at 9.30 am to share transport to Meavy. From there, we will walk through fields, paths and woods to Burrator Reservoir, alongside Drake’s Leat. We then walk along by the reservoir, where we will stop tor the drink and snack I suggest you bring along, before walking up to Sheepstor, for glorious views over Dartmoor and the reservoir. We then return through Sheepstor village, fields and tracks, before descending through a wood which is generally full of bluebells, and stunning at this time of year. This is a rather longer (about 4 miles) and more demanding walk, but the views make it so worthwhile. We then emerge along a path to Marchant’s Cross, close to where we parked. If people would like to, we can then walk along to the Royal Oak for lunch; (we did last time, and all enjoyed it!)
Please let me know if you will be coming on either or both of the walks, and whether you will need a lift or can offer spare seats for the Meavy walk.