17 October 2018

The 35th Annual General Meeting of the South Devon Group of the Ramblers will be held on Wednesday 7 November at The Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton starting at 7pm. You are welcome to join us at 6pm when several of us will be there to set up and enjoy the bar.

Our Chairperson, Bernard Parker and members of the committee will present the Annual Report and there will be opportunities to ask questions and make your views known. This year our Footpaths Officer, Bob Ward will present the findings of Survey 2018.

Bernard is stepping down as Chairman this year. Keith Probert also retires as John Musgrave Heritage Trail Officer so come along to the elections to see a new committee put in place. In fact, all committee resign their posts at the AGM and while most are willing to stand for re-election, we may well have some vacancies so if you feel you could step up and lend a hand, you are more than welcome to come along and hear from us the kind of things we do. The committee meets 4 times a year in addition to the AGM.

If you are interested in helping out, ideally approach Bernard or one of the committee in advance but nominations will be accepted on the night too.

This meeting is open to all members of the South Devon Group of Ramblers.

16 October 2018

Details of the ramble covering the 5th section of the Coleridge Way now available here.

13 October 2018

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

10 October 2018

SWCP Challenge on Saturday 20th October 2018

Meet 10.00 am at Beacon Quay, Torquay for 10.30 start.

Walk from Torquay to Brixham or any point in between. Cost £5 per entrant.

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.

10 May 2018

Brochure for May 2019 group holiday now available. Booking form on Holiday section. 

9 May 2018

Two Moors Way - The Big Walk2

Colin Piper has issued an invitation to South Devon Rambler to join them on the second section of the Two Moors Way. Janice and Tessa did the first leg. It was very well organised and there are a number of versions. See poster for more details.

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.

10 March 2018

Socials and day trips updated.

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.

24 January 2018

The closing date for booking a place on our fantastic South Devon Ramblers holiday to the Isle of Man is 31st January. Only a few places remain. To book your place follow this link.

We are going to pack in lots of exciting events, with daily walks, visits to places of interest, you never know, we may even see a Manx cat and then of course there are the evenings spent with friends.

7 January 2017

Details of Coleridge Way event now available here.

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).

4 January 2018

Annual Walking Holiday 2018. 5 nights at the Welbeck Hotel, Isle of Man. Places still available.

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.

22 November 2017

Members are enthusiastically asking about The Coleridge Way: the flyer will be posted early January 2018. For those who need the dates of the two legs already at the planning stage: Sunday 29 April and Sunday 24 June 2018  This gives us time to work out the finer details and to get past the Christmas festivities.

15 November 2017

The Future of Access - take the Rambers survey

11 November 2017

Christmas Lunch is now SOLD OUT.

4 November 2017

Central Office has sent us a draft consultation document relating to the shared use of footpaths. Members are invited to add their comments and these should be submitted by the 27 November 2017.

The consultation document: Shared use of footpaths with cyclists Draft advice note for consultation October 2017


27 October 2017

Dont forget. The clocks go back this weekend. And here is Stephen Fry explaining why the clocks go back

12 October 2017

Our 34th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held at The Redcliffe Hotel, Marine Drive, Paignton TQ3 2NL. On Wednesday 8 November, 6:30pm for 7pm start in the Isadora Duncan Suite.

11 October 2017

New upcoming events

20 September 2017 - Britains favourite walks

ITV will be celebrating Britains Favourite 100 Walks in Spring 2018 and want your say on the nations best loved trails!

Get voting and have your say by midnight on Sunday 23rd September!

Complete the survey here.

8 August 2017 - Devon Area Photographic Competition

All you budding photographers out there, fancy your picture in print then why not enter the Area competition. Closing date is 31 October 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

28 July 2017 - Welcome to our new website

Our new website is clearer with a more up to date look and feel. Pages have been rationalised to make navigation easier and more intuitive.

Our most popular pages remain within easy reach. The most popular is the gallery and is just one click away from our homepage.

Our gallery page is now fed by our Flickr Group.

We hope all visitors find our new website informative and enjoyable.

11 July 2017 - Two Moors Way

There is now a website for the Two Moors Way

The link appears on our LINKS page

INVITATION to attend the  2017 Annual General Meeting of South Devon Ramblers 

All our members are warmly invited to attend this years AGM which is to be held in the Isadora Duncan suite at The Redcliffe Hotel, Marine Drive, Paignton TQ3 2NL at 7pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017. I am assured there is ample parking and there will, of course, be a bar.

All your favourite guest stars will be there! We are working on a  new streamlined version this year to allow more time for some social interaction!

I know the hard working members of your committee are always heartened by a good turn out and we have booked a large room in anticpation of your continued support.

See you there.



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:

 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 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!