24 March 2020
Coronavirus - the latest Ramblers advice
21 March 2020
Independent walking – how to find a route that suits you
It’s important we act responsibly at the moment and follow government advice on social distancing – while this sadly means no group walks, we’re still being encouraged to stay active and spend time in nature.
You can find over 3,000 brilliant walking routes on our app and website.
Independent walks are a distinct experience to walking in a group – they’re a chance to connect with the outdoors in a different way and you’ll probably see more wildlife along the way too! We hope you enjoy them until we can get back to led group walking.
Please check the FAQS for our current advice about independent walks. We would love to hear about your experience of independent walks and see pictures you’ve taken while you’re out there – send them to email@example.com.
17 March 2020
Ramblers GB is suspending all volunteer activities from Wednesday 18 March 2020. This includes group led walks, Walking for Health schemes, all training including walk leadership training, path maintenance working groups, coach trips and holidays, meetings, group and social events. All Ramblers activities must stop until further notice. This applies from Wednesday 18 March, to at least until 31 May, subject to further developments.
16 March 2020
With the spread of coronavirus the Ramblers are following government updates and latest NHS advice closely. For now, our group walks and events are continuing as planned. Please visit the coronavirus page on the Ramblers website for the latest updates.
4 March 2020
Fish Supper at Rockfish NOW CANCELLED.
16 February 2020
Ramblers - Devon Area Council Vacancies
Devon Area needs volunteers who can offer the skills and energy to carry out the following rewarding roles. We will provide all the training and support that may be needed.
Area Secretary/Assistant Area Secretary
Area Footpath Secretary
Full details of all vacancies are available on the Devon Ramblers website at:- Devon Area Vacancies
South West Coast Path - April 2020
Dates for your diary: Jenny B and Tessa S will lead the sections from Combe Martin to Woolacombe om two dates: Mon 20 and Wed 22 April. On the Tuesday 21 April the proposal is to enjoy a day trip to Lundy island.
A group rate allows us a slight reduction in the price of £42pp (£39 per person seniors) but names are needed in advance. As I have already 10 names I can make a group booking and will do this before the end of February. Please let Tessa know if you wish to join us on the trip to Lundy, a full day from 10.00 to 18.00, subject to availability. More information from Tessa on 07961 355059
The price will depend on numbers but will be less than the standard £42pp if on the group booking. The ticket is non refundable unless the captain cancels due to bad weather. Individuals wishing to book independently - £39 pp for seniors.
The two sections of the coast path are a mangeable 5.5.and 7.5 miles respectively but the route is yet to be recced!
7 February 2020
Ramblers Campaign - Dont Lose Your Way.
We have until January 2026 to save our historic rights of way.
Well over 140,000 miles of public paths criss-cross England and Wales. This network has evolved over centuries with many paths dating back to medieval times - or earlier! These paths link villages, hamlets, roads and towns – they describe how generations before us travelled to the pub, field or shops and reflect the changing patterns of human interaction with the landscape.
To this day, millions of people across our towns, cities and countryside, use this fantastic network. However, miles and miles of our public paths are unrecorded and if they are not put on the map by 1 January 2026, they will be lost for ever.
20 January 2020
Walk Leadership Training
I have been contacted by James Austin, who is really looking forward to travelling down to Devon from Central Office this week to deliver walk leader training sessions in Barnstaple and Exeter . Unfortunately, there have been a number of late drop-outs, which means that there are a few places free on the Exeter roadshow which haven’t been filled by the waiting list.
If you know anyone who would like to attend but may not have got a place when the sessions sold out originally, they can sign up here: https://ramblers.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=047a740bc05a3ab9ab3ac3ac5&id=61e0401217&e=827b35dfc4
16 January 2020
Devon Area AGM Lunch 8 February 2020
Please be advised that the Heathcoat Centre require notification of lunch numbers 3 weeks before the date of the AGM, so if you havent already sent your payment through, please do so as quickly as possible, these are the arrangements:
Lunch - to be booked in advance. Buffet plus tea/coffee, £7.30. Payment by BACS transfer please: The Ramblers Association (DN11). Account no 20162119
Sort code 60 83 01. Reference Surname of payer
If for any reason a BACS payment is not possible, cheques, made payable to: The Ramblers, Tiverton group, may be sent to: Ann Salusbury,Laurel Cottage, Culmhead Taunton TA3 7DX
9 January 2020
Castle Drogo Flyer
Now available in Downloads. Click on Info then Downloads,
8 January 2020
Devon Highlights 2019
3 January 2020
Lake District holiday flyer now available under Holidays
3 December 2019
21 November 2019
South Devon Ramblers make headlines on the Ramblers national website.
We have been advised by the North Devon group for dog owners to avoid the Eggesford Forest area due to a possible outbreak of Alabama Rot. If you and yor dog have been in the area please consult your vet for advice.
Christmas Dinner Dance Friday December 13th 2019
Venue:- Churston Golf Club, Dartmouth Road, Brixham. Contact Jackie or Janet. See Info/Downloads for Flyer and Menu.
31 October 2019
Todays walk around Broadhembury has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
Walk 31 October
If you are thinking of joining us for this walk, a few directions here: best route is to go as far as Cullompton junction, J28 off the M5. Take the A373 towards Honiton but only for a couple of miles. Drive past Horn Cross and Post Cross but take next left as road bends right. Keep stright on this minor road for 2.5 km (approx). Look for sign saying Forest Glade. The car park is actually called Rhodedendron car park (depsite the lack thereof) and if it is full there are a couple more close by on the same road.
The walk takes us to a lovely village -Broadhembury - but it is basically only 6 miles. The ascent after lunch stop is steady, nothing too arduous. 5 or 6 stiles. If you have had enough after 6 miles we arrive back at the carpark but have extended the walk for a further 2 miles for those who want their full quota.
21 October 2019
Agenda for the 36th Annual General Meeting is now available here. All members are invited to attend.
Congratulations to Tessa and Bev on the birth of their gorgeous granddaughter Violet Rose Love and best wishes from us all at South Devon Ramblers.
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!
South West Coast Path 2 - See Events tab/Social & day trips for details.
Contacts Arthur:- firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:- 01392 876376 Mob:- 07779 286707 or
Tessa:- email@example.com Tel:- 01803 203564 Mob:- 07772 068689
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
12 November 2018
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
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.
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!