Hello again everyone
It has been a challenge for me to arrange walks where we aren’t knee deep in mud this year. The ground is still saturated, so that is still a consideration for our next walk, but I have found one that works – joining together parts of 2 of our previous walks.
The plan is to drive to Yelverton, and park just beyond the Leg of Mutton area. We will walk along the disused railway line that forms Drake’s Trail, past Horrabridge, and on to Grenofen, over the superb Gem Bridge over the River Walkham and through the impressive tunnel. At Grenofen, we can have a break in Drake’s cafe, before walking back again. I had hoped to link part of Drake’s Trail to part of the West Devon Way, but the ground really is still too muddy to be safe, so I adjusted my plan, and we will have solid ground beneath us all the way, even if it is returning by the same route. (In Yelverton, I have found another great coffee shop, rather small, but with a good selection of home made bread and cakes, – and award-winning hot chocolate too!)
Whichever direction we choose to do the walk, we start off downhill and end uphill, – but it is fairly gently sloping, with just the one steep hill up to Drake’s cafe.
The whole walk is around 6.5 miles – 3.25 miles each way, but it is easy walking along solid ground. If this is too far for anyone there is also the option to walk one way and then catch the bus, which runs very regularly, back from Grenofen to Yelverton, and meet us back at the cars.
I will lead the walk on Saturday 3rd March, we will meet in the car park at Ivybridge railway station at 9.15 am.
I hope lots of you will be able to make it; there are great views and lots to see. (I even caught a glimpse of a woodpecker when I reccied the walk today.)