February 2023

Devon Ramblers AGM 2023. Meeting 16/02/23 at 7.00 pm by ZOOM.

To Join the Zoom Meeting, Click Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 834 1404 0076 Passcode: 388272

January 2023  

There is a proposal to create a short walking route at Berry Head, giving Access for All, i.e. wheelchairs, pushchairs, mobility scooters etc.

This does mean some modifications, re-routing around stiles,creating ramps providing signage etc. 

George Coles is hoping to start a formal feasibility study but getting the funding for this will depend on local support.  Please read the proposal and if you can, write an email to George supporting the route. Details are in the proposal here BERRY HEAD - ACCESS FOR ALL PROPOSAL

The more support from individuals and groups, the greater the chance of the funding being awarded for this worthwhile project.

January 2023 

Leaders. Please see the new Risk Assessment Form. Designed for OSE walks, it may be used for any walk. It is a simpler form than the one provided by the RA and we would like all leaders to complete and retain, or pass to Nicky to retain. If an incident should occur it is necessary to provide this and it may be asked for by the RA when reporting the incident - please bear this in mind. 

SDR Risk Assessment Form 

20th January 2023  - The Torbay Rambling Club have extended an invitation to all SD Ramblers Members. They have a Drumming Evening planned to brighten a dark January evening!  See details here Drumming Evening Flyer and please make direct contact with Anne-Marie Cochrane to book your place. The event starts at 7pm, but they are offering drinks from 6.30pm at St. Georges Church, Goodrington.

26th November 2022

Minutes of our 40th AGM, held in November 2022 are now available to download here   SDR - 40th AGM Minutes

6th November 2022 - Our 40th AGM will be held, 6.30 for 7pm at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay Seafront TQ2 6QJ. Full Agenda, Accounts and Officer Reports can be downloaded here 40th AGM Agenda & Reports

Minutes of the 39th AGM, 2021 are here for information Minutes of 39th AGM 2021

21st September 2022

Please note that the planned SWCP Challenge on Saturday 8th October has been postponed until 2023.

1st April 2022 - The Dartmoor Way Festival  Launch Announced - Weekend 30th Apr - 2nd May

The SDR will be supporting the launch of the Dartmoor Way Festival this year by leading some walks. Please do come along and support George, Richard and Eric on their walks or any others. The Festival runs from 30th April - 2nd May

The Launch of the Dartmoor Way Festival!

Walks Programme 1    Walks Programme 2

1 December 2021

Minutes of the AGM 2021

Please click to open the link to the Minutes of our AGM, held at the Carlton Hotel on 10th November 2021

 1 November 2021

Agenda for the AGM 2021

Click on the link to open 

Nominations to Committee

In accordance with our policy on nominations to committee (see downloads) the post of Secretary of South Devon Ramblers is advertised as open for nominations. We are delighted to announce we have received one nomination. Any further expressions of interest are welcome but please refer to the policy regarding the way we have agreed to move forward when a vacancy arises.

30 August 2021

Devon Area Ramblers are looking for volunteers.

Details here.

The 39th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING is to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 10 November 2021. Venue is the Riviera Room at the Carlton Hotel on Falkland Road, Torquay. Many members will know this as the Aztec, part of the TLH resort.

The meeting is open to all members of South Devon Ramblers. If you are not already a member, do please join us. Simply check out to find out how easy it is. Or speak to our Membership Secretary Dorothy.

Parking is available from Falkland Road on a first come, first served basis, no pass is necessary. 

Members can see the Agenda in the Downloads section.

Any member interested in volunteering to serve on the committee is advised to consult the Nominations Policy, also available in the Downloads section. 

We have purposely booked a large room (with a bar, naturally) and asked for the seating to be set up to allow for social distancing, plus, the room is well ventilated. I sincerely hope this will allay fears and encourage members to support their committee. Come and hear about the crazy year we have both endured and enjoyed, its highlights and its lowlights!

18 December 2020

Devon Highlights - (annual reports from Devons rambler groups) now available online

30 October 2020

Dartmoor Way walking route launched.

11 years in the making this Ramblers/Dartmoor National Parks Authority initiative is now live. Follow this link to the website.

11 October 2020

37th AGM of the South Devon Ramblers Group is coming up. If any members of South Devon Ramblers havent received the initial notification please contact the Secretary or Chair. Please check your junk mail filters before calling.

 5 September 2020

Dartmoor Way Virtual Launch

Subject: Fw: Dartmoor Way plans for Virtual Launch - message to Devon Ramblers Groups

Dear Devon area Ramblers and walking groups,

I am sending this email to update you on the status of the Dartmoor Way. I hope you will share this information with your walking group.

As you know, as a result of lock down, we had to cancel the planned opening event and walks festival in May 2020. Much of our work preparing walking maps, route descriptions and updates to web pages was also put on hold. However, as restrictions were relaxed we were able to complete the development of our our plans to maintain the route. We have provided maintenance packs to the 8 walking groups who are each looking after a section of the route. In recent weeks these groups have been sending out teams to check on the condition of the route and in general things are looking good. We hope to have completed a full survey of the route later this month – in time for our planned ‘virtual launch’ on 26/27 September.

I imagine you are wondering what is a ‘virtual launch’. Well you may have heard that there have been some problems in and around Dartmoor caused by inconsiderate members of the public not following the countryside code when out walking. As a result of this we have agreed with the National Park that our launch will be low key – so no TV or radio coverage. Instead you may have seen the ‘big walk’ article in the latest issue of the Ramblers Walk magazine, which features the route. We are also planning to launch a new website, which will include a downloadable brochure, route descriptions, maps and GPX files (some drafts are attached to this email for you to see what is planned). There will be a video entitled ‘A day on Dartmoor’ and further videos over following days. Web pages released as part of the virtual launch to cover such subjects as: about us, history, countryside code and transport info.

We expect a future release of web pages to cover such subjects as: accommodation providers, where to go for food and drink, other useful business links, information on disabled access and links to volunteer’s videos. You will appreciate that we deferred including information on business providers since many of them are presently looking at an uncertain future.

We are also still hoping to hold the previously planned launch event and walking festival and have pencilled in the first bank holiday weekend in May. However, this is of course subject to Covid developments and we will take decisions and keep you informed nearer the time.

If you have any question please revert to Michael Owen or myself.

Best wishes, Trevor Walker

18 August 2020

The Planning of Walks

Members will be aware that a new programme of walks is under construction for Winter 20/21 and this will run from November through to the end of April 2021. Our Walks Coordinator, Nicky Ward, has already put out an appeal for offers to lead walks. In the interim, there is a programme of walks listed on the website. The list can be printed off but we have not done a print run of these though Eric does have a few that Nicky printed off to pass around. 

Members may not be aware that for many years the Oh So Easy (OSE) walks, targeting those who prefer to take a more gentle approach to rambling, usually involving a three mile route without steep hills, have been compiled by Verity Vass. In her lovely gentle manner, she has coaxed walks out of leaders and taken this segment off the Walks Coordinator making life a little easier. It was very appropriate that Verity take this on as it was her husband Stans idea to offer this type of walk and we all feel the OSEs constitute a hugely successful strand of our operations.

Verity would now like to hand over this role and before you all switch off thinking we are asking for a volunteer, I can announce that Janet Evans has offered to do the job!

Eric: " Soon after joining South Devon Ramblers I heard of Verity and her late husband, Stan, who was a former Chairman of the group and instrumental in the creation of the John Musgrave Heritage Trail. I quickly understood the high esteem  in which Verity is held and why she is much loved by all of us in our group and Devon Area in general. 

Having organised the OSE walks for more years than she cares to remember, Verity has understandably decided to pass on the baton. I am sure you will join me in thanking Verity for her major contribution to SDR and wish her many more years of walking with us.

I would also like to thank my wife Janet for taking on this role and wish her well."

And now an appeal for support from Janet:

"I will do my best to carry on Veritys successful format of offering a varied programe of OSE walks on the first Tuesday of every month. These will continue to be easy-paced 3 milers, over level terrain ( no Jaw Bones Hills) and once COVID restrictions permit, finishing with the opportunity for refreshments. 

I am now looking for leaders old and new to carry on the tradition of this much loved element of the SDR walks programme. Please get in touch with me if you can help."


20 April 2020

The South West Coast Path Association will miss out on funding from the London Marathon this year but have come up with a way to help us support them. It is within the permitted guidelines, a local walk of 2.6 miles, or thereabouts, along your local part of the coast path. If you are not close by the SWCP they suggest you can walk a similar stretch in another way, even around your garden!
For full details check out the SWCP website and look for the 2.6 challenge. A few of us are supporting in an individual way, obviously we are not allowed to walk en groupe. They are looking for donations of £2.60 or even £26 and hope some sponsorship will swell the fundraising.

3 December 2019

Ramblers manifesto now available.

21 November 2019

South Devon Ramblers make headlines on the Ramblers national website.

 Wednesday 6 November 2019

The 36th Annual General Meeting of South Devon Ramblers will be held again this year in the Isadora Duncan Suite at The Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton commencing at 7pm. There is good parking and a bar.

The minutes of the previous meeting, held in November 2018, are availbale to read under About Us/Committee Minutes

Chairman Eric will review his very full first year in post as well as opening the booking for the 2020 holiday in the Lake District.

Any nominations to work on the committee please in advance to the Chairman or the Secretary.

Please support if you can - it means a lot to the hard working committee!