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Saturday 12 October SWCP Challenge Torquay to Brixham; Dip in, dip out. £5 registration fee.

Contact Bernard:- bparker.rambling@hotmail.com   Tel:-01803 529052   Mob 07868 353159


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.

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.

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


South West Coast Path 2 - See Events tab/Social & day trips for details.

Contacts Arthur:- a.w.g.cole@icloud.com Tel:- 01392 876376 Mob:- 07779 286707 or

             Tessa:- ts841739@gmail.com Tel:- 01803 203564 Mob:- 07772 068689


Road Closures on Dartmoor

Sept 2nd - 6th 

B3357 from Two Bridges to Dartmeet.

Sept 11th - 25th

B3357 from Dartmeet to Poundsgate.

Sept 30th - Oct 11th

B3212 from Warren House to Challacombe Cross

Oct 7th - 9th

B3387 closed at Hemsworthy Gate.


August 2019

Devon Countryside Access Forum

We are advised by Area that there is an interesting opportunity for members to become involved in representating the interests of walkers by taking a role in the Devon Countryside Access Forum. In the past we have had Ramblers members on the Forum but not at present and we would certainly like to have a voice there in future. Applications are invited for the next cycle. 

If you are interested please look at the Devon Area Countryside Access Forum website and get in touch with either Eric or Tessa. We have the role description and the person specification details but would like to know of any interest, ideally before the Area Council meeting in November 2019 so that we can flag and take the necessary actions.


South West Coast Path

Thirteen members set off on Wednesday 21 August from Minehead to walk the very first leg of the South West Coast Path. We had a glorious day, perfect weather and reasonably easy going along the 10 miles to Porlock Weir. The scenery is truly spectacular, the terrain quite varied but we all agreed it had been a fantastic start to an awesome challenge. Only 620 miles to go.

If you are interested in joining us for parts or even the whole, or if you would like to offer to lead a section (no recce required!), do get in touch as dates in October are being set for the next sections.  

Please note: for logistical reasons members are asked to book in rather than simply turn up on the day. 

More information from Arthur Cole who has jumpstarted the project. Tessa can also advise. There is a mailing list circulating to those who have either participated already or who have expressed interest in joining in at some point and if you wish to be included let us know. You do not need to be an Amazonian walker but the sections are of the longer walk type, often hilly of course, but truly exhilarating!


Update to Privacy Policy


Dartmoor National Park Authority strategy

We have been asked to share this news with members in the hope there may be interested parties there who want to have a say in the shaping of the future strtagey for the Dartmoor National Park.  Please click on the link to read more about this.

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July 2019-

Advanced Notice.

SDR have been asked for volunteers to help with a guided walk for a group of partially sighted people and their guide dogs during a walking week beginning September 16th 2019. 

If you would like to help out please contact Eric.


May 2019

The following link will give you access to the new Ramblers app where you can see Walksfinder, latest members offers,

features and articles amongst other features.

Ramblers App

26 April 2019

Advance notice of holiday to the Lake District 2020

We have booked via Grey Cars a six night stay at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal.

We travel on Sunday 6th September 2020 and return on Saturday 12th September.

It is planned to offer long and short walks on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with a day off to do something different on Wednesday.

Eric Evans


19 April 2019

I attended an excellent General Council in Manchester last weekend.

A moving and rousing rendition of the Manchester Rambler, based on the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932, opened the conference.

The future is in safe hands with our CEO Vanessa Griffiths and her senior management team.

There were encouraging and inspiring closing remarks by the CEO and the Chair of the Trustees Kate Ashbrook who confirmed the theme of the conference which is to transform the Ramblers to be more relevant in the modern world.

Eric Evans. 

4 February 2019

The Greenway to Dittisham ferry is temporarily suspended due to essential maintenance work of the slipway at Greenway.

See www.greenwayferry.co.uk for updates.


19 December 2018

We are advised that the Dartmoor Way project which is nearing competion is in need of volunteers. More information of the roles can be found on the website http://www.dartmoorway.co.uk


13 December 2018

Dartmoor National Parks Authority news item on the new clapper bridge.


7 December 2018

The long awaited clapper bridge over the Western Wella Brook has now been installed.
It is funded by Totnes and South Devon Ramblers in collaboration with Dartmoor National Park Authority.
A brass plaque has been made and it is planned to fix it in place on Monday December 10th at 11.00 am.
If you can make it then you are welcome to join us. We plan to meet at Shipley Bridge at 10.00 am.
If either the date or time change then an update will be posted on the website and Facebook!

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12 November 2018

Minutes of 2018 AGM and presentation of survey results now available.


13 October 2018

Dartmoor National Parks Authority public consultation period for the draft Local Plan.


30 June 2018

Bobs Viewranger starter guide now available to download.


4 June 2018

Charges for parking at four of Dartmoor National Parks car parks starts today. More information here


30 April 2018

View the Ramblers privacy policy.


13 April 2018

Representatives from Brixham Bay Walks (part of Walking for Health which helps people to lead more active lifestyles), addressed this weeks committee meeting. Their flyer can be downloaded here


11 March 2018

Devon Area leaflet available to download here..


11 February 2018

Link to national Ramblers Walk Leader Checklist added to our How to lead a walk page.


25 January 2018

New detailed route descriptions added to our John Musgrave Heritage Trail page.

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5 January 2018

Problems getting to the start of a walk? Using a postcode? Beware of its limitations. See our advice on our Guidance for Walkers page (point 10). 


20 December 2017

2017 Impact Report now available


30 November 2017

Seventeen years ago today an Act was passed that revolutionised access to the countryside in England and Wales – the Countryside and Rights of Way Act. Now we can walk on much of our mountains, moors, down, heath and common land. But few people know about their access rights and knowing where they can and can’t walk. The Ramblers have produced a guide to open access land.


15 November 2017

The Future of Access - take the Rambers survey 


11 July 2017 - Two Moors Way

There is now a website for the Two Moors Way www.twomoorsway.org

The link appears on our LINKS page


HEALTH and SAFETY ISSUE

The committee have responded to suggestions that it is deemed advisable for members to carry essential information when walking. Fortunately instances of a rambler having an accident or falling ill are very rare and we are well versed in how to contact emergency services. However, essential medical information would also be helpful in these cases and it would also be good to know who to call and have this information readily to hand.

A simple information sheet is now available and being given out by Val. We have also sourced an A6 size clear plastic pocket to hold the sheet and keep it dry. The information you provide is seen only in an emergency by those who are at the scene.

There is no cost to members, nor is it in any way compulsory but we all feel this is a very sensible precaution to take.

Any further info from any member of the committee.


Walks Partnership:  www.thewalkingpartnership.org.uk.

 South Devon Ramblers has recently joined The Walking Partnership. This new partnership, supported by Ramblers Walking Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to our group  to help with organising group walks, encouraging people to get out walking, helping to clear and improve footpaths, providing equipment to help walkers etc. Over the past  65 years, Ramblers Walking Holidays has given many millions of pounds to assist walking charities and conservation projects in Britain and the countries they visit on their worldwide holidays. Now our group can benefit directly.

Ramblers Walking Holidays operate group walking holidays in the UK and all around the world. Each holiday is accompanied by a qualified walks leader, so you can leave all the organising to them and just enjoy meeting like minded people and of course, some fantastic walking. Holidays are graded in terms of difficulty, and there is a full range from sightseeing right up to hut-to-hut mountain treks. Take a look at their website on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or give them a call on 01707 33113 

Remember when you book to quote the name of our group, and we will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding could really make a difference to us!