Hello again everyone
Our next walk will be on Saturday 5th August. I’ve been a bit slow with the details, as the train times have changed and are now less frequent, than when I mentioned the walk to people.
The plan is to take the train into Plymouth and up the Tamar Valley line (a very scenic journey) to Bere Alston. The walk goes from the station down to the river, then a fairly level walk along the bank, under the viaduct and on till we see Cotehele on the far side of the river. We then have an uphill walk back to Bere Alston.
We will catch the 10.37 train into Plymouth and the conveniently connecting 10.59 train to Bere Alston, so a rather later start, but a swift 46 minute journey there. Coming home, the trains are not as convenient. There is one at 14.05, or if we miss that, there is a 2 hour wait for the next one at 16.05. This would mean that, if we waited for the next train back from Plymouth, we should arrive back in Ivybridge at 15.47 or 17.53, as both trains also involve a wait of more than an hour in Plymouth; so I would suggest we leave the station and catch a bus home from there. As the train times are so user-unfriendly, please let me know if you would prefer to meet us at Bere Alston station, (where there is parking, but not free), – the train should arrive at 11.23. The views on the walk do make the journey very worthwhile – I even saw a deer on the path down to the river when I reccied it. The whole walk is 4.5 to 5 miles, and does include uneven walking and hills, but I’m sure you will all enjoy it.
Please bring a packed lunch and drink with you – we can have lunch by the river. (As it is a later start, we can always have our coffee break on the train journey.)
So to recap, please meet at Ivybridge railway station at 10.25 on Saturday 5th August, wearing suitable boots and clothing, with a packed lunch and drink. The walk really is worth it, – the views are wonderful.
Best wishes to all,