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Hello again everyone

As some of you will be aware, things have been very hectic for me lately, so I haven’t had time to reccie any new walks.  I will also be unable to make the 3rd August, as I shall be away with family again.  Instead, I suggest repeats of 2 popular walks that we haven’t done for some time.
On Saturday 27th July, we will walk from Parke along the disused railway line, then carry on along the lanes to Lustleigh, where there is a lovely cafe, – where dogs are welcome, and homemade cakes are served.  We will then retrace our steps back to our cars.  It is around a 4 mile walk, mainly flat, but with a couple of not too steep hills into Lustleigh, which I’m sure everyone can manage and enjoy.  This will be a good chance to have a summer social event.  Please meet at Ivybridge railway station at 9.30 am, letting me know whether you need a lift or have spare seats to offer.  Please also bring your National Trust membership card, if you have one, for free parking at Parke.
Then, on Saturday 10th August, we will have a more challenging walk, along the Avon trail from Aveton Gifford to Bantham, across the river to Bigbury, to return to our cars.  This is a 7-8 mile circular walk, with several hills, but beautiful views.  As the ferry only runs for an hour in the morning, from 10.00 to 11.00, we will have to have an earlier start, and walk at a reasonable (but not racing!) pace to be there in time.  So, for this one, please meet at Ivybridge railway station at 8.15 am prompt.  Again, please let me know whether you need a lift, or have spare seats to offer.  Do wear good walking shoes or boots for this one, and bring a drink and snack for the walk – and the fare for the ferry, which was £3 last year.  We will be able to eat at the Fisherman’s Rest at Aveton Gifford at the end of the walk, if people would like to.
I hope lots of you will want to come along on one or both of the walks.


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