Well we are back, walking from home. With all the faff about driving 5 miles and getting a fine I decided that I would stay from the door at least for a bit and allow things to calm down a bit. The over zealous police have got things wrong, clearly but lets leave that there and get on with what was a fantastic walk. Sometimes when the weather is great then it really doesn’t matter where you walk, the conditions will elevate the walk to a higher level. This walk is already in a good area, but the weather helped make it very special. The section down by the River Yealm is glorious and I got it right this time. I’d tried to walk this way one evening in Lockdown 1 and made a right hash of it and ended up on private lanes and the Kitley estate. This walk is the right way around. I only wished I’d gone out an hour earlier and took longer!
Start – Home
Route – Hollacombe – Spriddlestone – Cofflete Creek – Steer Point – Winston – Brixton – Cherry Tree Drive – West Sherford – Elburton – Home
Distance – 10 miles Start time – 10am Time taken – 5hrs Highest Point – Hollacombe Hill 112 metres
Weather – Misty, sunny, and not a breath of wind. Cold and perfect
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A hard frost again overnight as I set out, It didn’t take me long to wish I’d started out earlier than my leisurely 10am
The fields and mud were hard and frozen as I walk across the fields out of Staddiscombe and towards Hollacombe, it was glorious out here
In the slight dip over there I could see that there was a bit of a temperature inversion in Plymouth Sound. I missed that coming this way
Now in April and May, as per Lockdown 1, this field was full of the yellow rape seed, looking fantastic. Today it was just those two jolly runners who moaned pretty much from where I’m standing to where they are here, mainly about the number of people walking across this field. Well unfortunately for them, they’d better get used to it. If you stop people from walking the hills and remote places then they congregate along the paths around the towns and villages instead.
At Hollacombe now, and I’m heading that way
Now the camera hasn’t done this view justice really, the frosty ground was glistening and the distance wasn’t as hazy as this. It was a fine start to one of my favourite paths around where I live. The path in question is the one to Spriddlestone from Hollacombe.
Here is the path. Its a bit muddier than normal as a fair bit of tree cutting has gone on here to clear trees from around overhead wires. thankfully the mud was crisp and frozen
Spriddlestone and a sign that needs a clean
Today was robin day, I’d seen about 10 to this point without getting the camera out.
This one on a house in Spriddlestone wins the prestigious robin of the day. He looks like he’s still carrying a little holiday weight from all the chocolate he’s had
Into the sun as I head towards Cofflete Creek
Cofflete Creek, the dew looked like it was rising here
One of the many bridges which would have carried the old railway line around these parts
Another robin, this one was Mr Timid. He sat there eating a bit of my peanut that I’d broken up and put on the post
Down the lovely lanes towards Steer Point
Now this is part of the old Cofflete Estate, part of a farmstead. I learned this from a fine guy who I got chatting to near to the cylinder bridge on the River Yealm
The sheep have been put out into the arable fields to munch what it left of the veg grown last summer. In the distance is Hollacombe, where I was near the start of this walk
A clear row of railway houses near to the quarry at Steer Point
Now then this is a bit special. All the way through this walk there had been no wind (which is rare by midday in these parts). The Yealm estuary was sublime in calmness. There were a few people about but the population of London being here wouldn’t have ruined this view.
I had a walk to the waters edge and sat on a rock, the reflections were very good, the quiet. Shhhhhhhhh
Spinning around the area were the Yealm narrows and heads up towards Yealmpton, before which, it stops becoming tidal
And further around is the old railway cylinder bridge across to Warren Point. I’m heading there next
Out in the estuary, cormorants made loud noises on the branches sitting out of the water
I love the colours on this photo. Cylinder Bridge, the estuary on the left is full of birds, gulls and ducks mainly
Just one more
Heading towards Winston on a good path that I hadn’t walked before I spotted this buzzard. I’m guessing its a buzzard anyway
That is Kitley House over there. A fancy hotel in these parts. Before reaching here I had a fine chat with a local artist from Brixton, Glyn White. He has been exploring all parts around his local area everyday since the first lockdown, showing the power of staying local. He has found all types of wildlife and was spotting more (kingfishers) as we stood and talked. It was lovely to meet both him and his dog Deacon
Under the bridge at Winston and up towards Brixton
Well with the snow up on Dartmoor and the cold weather this last 2 weeks I was surprised to see these!
Brixton Church, after this I joined Cherry Tree Drive to head out the back of Brixton and across the fields
On the lanes again now heading towards West Sherford
Another long distance bird. A heron
West Sherford, normally you would follow the lane but there’s a sign down there pointing right which looks like they have redirected the path. Those that know the area will know why
This is the construction traffic for Sherford. The path leads you around the worst of it. I walked through the middle, being a Sunday to see what they were ruining, sorry doing
All in the name of progress. The 5000 house town of Sherford, which will come through here and out for another couple of miles, obliterating miles of fields, farmland and habitat
The fuzz are out checking for people more than 6 feet from their front door
I’m back in habotation proper now, the stone sign to the right tells you I’m in Elburton and not far from the Co-op where I pick up beer to celebrate a fine walk. I’ve earned it.
Climbing the final short hill I realise that I haven’t mentioned Dartmoor on this walk. It shows the quality of the local area and views. However Dartmoor looked to be in slightly thicker cloud in the main, but the snow has gone from its southern tors and hills but hopefully it will be back