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A beautiful day at Castle Drogo overlooking the Teign valley
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May 2018

Herb Piper 01392 811365 (herbpiper@hotmail.com) Mobile - 07773552906
Jock Kirkpatrick 01392 811205 (walkers1@superjock.co.uk) Mobile - 07949447193

The Whitestone Walkers held its first walk in March 2007 and was attended by four people. This informal group has now expanded to over thirty. We are not a club; we do not have membership fees, committees, insurance etc., therefore each walker is responsible for his or her own safety. Being a resident in the parish is not necessary; anyone is welcome to join us. We normally meet at 9.30 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month at the village hall car park and share transport where possible.  We walk in all weather and dogs and children are welcome on any walk. 
Details of the proposed walks will be published on this website two to three weeks in advance.


Whitestone Walkers Programme for 2017/2018

8th January 2017 Herb Piper Exeter Quay and River Area
5th February 2017 Herb Piper Starcross to Exeter
5th March 2017 Bryan & Marion Durrant Mamhead area
2nd April 2017 Herb Piper Fernworthy Reservoir
7th May 2017 Herb Piper Dartmoor from Belstone
4th June 2017 Herb Piper Sourton Tors, Ice Quarry, Granite Way, West Devon Way, Dartmoor Way
2nd July 2017 Herb Piper Meldon Reservoir, Sourton Tors, Ice Quarry and Kings Way
6th August 2017 Bryan & Marian Durrant Ladram Bay, skirt Otterton, River Otter, Mutters Moor
3rd September 2017 Herb Piper CANCELLED
1st October 2017 Herb Piper Simmon's Park, Okehampton, along the East Okement and Dartmoor
5th November 2017 Herb Piper Castle Drogo, River Teign
3rd December 2017 Bryan & Marian Durrant Topsham Circular Walk
7th January 2018 Jock & Sue Kirkpatrick Starcross to Exeter
4th February 2018 Jock & Sue Kirkpatrick Lympstone to Exeter and return
4th & 18th March 2018 Herb Piper CANCELLED - Red & amber weather warnings for Dartmoor
8th April 2018 Herb Piper West Okement River and parts of Dartmoor
6th May 2018 Herb Piper Castle Drogo and the River Teign
3rd June 2018 Herb Piper Cawsand Beacon
1st July 2018 Herb Piper Ted Hughes Memorial


Next Walk - Sunday 1st July 2018

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 am, outside the
Okehampton Army Camp Dartmmoor exit at 10.00 am (SX592931)
or at the starting point layby with (Rowtor on your right)
at 10.10 am (SX597916)

The walk will be to the Ted Hughes Memorial at Taw Head, Dartmoor.
The walk will mainly be on army roads with the usual downhill
scramble when we arrive near the memorial.

Please check the weather and dress appropriately.
Boots will be required.
The total distance will be about 10 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 3rd June 2018

Met at the Parish Hall at 09.30 to share cars, or at the
free car park at the rear of Finch Foundry, Sticklepath.
EX20 2NW at 10.a.m.

The walk was to the top of Cawsand (Cosdon) Beacon via the Stone
Row on the east of the beacon. The weather was fabulous with great
views at the top. Distance about 5 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 6th May 2018

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 a.m. or Castle Drogo
Car Park at 10.00 a.m. for a walk from Castle Drogo, through Rectory Woods
to Fingle Bridge and along the River Teign with return to Casle Drogo.
A gorgeous day for walking.
Distance approximately 4 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 8th April 2018

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 a.m. or Okehampton Station
Car Park at 10.00 a.m. for a walk beside the East Okement river and then
the Moor Brook to Higher Halstock before crossing the open moor as far as
West Mill Tor and returning to Okehampton Station.
Distance approximately 8 miles.

Previous Walks - Sunday 4th & 18th March 2018

WALKS CANCELLED

The weather
The weather has turned bad again with yellow warnings.

Lympstone Feb 18

Previous Walk - Sunday 4th February 2018

Met at the Parish Hall at 9.30 am to share cars or at the
free (on Sundays) Underhill Car Park in Lympstone.
The walk was mainly along the cycle path from Lympstone to Exmouth and return
with a welcome deviation along the sea front to the cafe. Distance 7 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 7th January 2018

Meet at the Parish Hall at 9.15 am to share cars or near
Exeter Bus Station in time to catch the 10.05 am Number 2 bus from
Exeter Bus Station to Starcross (£4.50). The bus ride takes about 30 minutes.

The walk will be along the River Exe past Powderham and Double Locks to Exeter.
Distance about 8 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 3rd December 2017

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 9.30am or at The Retreat Drive at 10:00am.
This was a circular walk around Topsham. All the paths/pavements were pretty level and in good order
so wellies were not required! The distance was about 4.5 miles.
We popped into the Passage Inn for tea/coffee.

Previous Walk - Sunday 5th November 2017

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 a.m. or Castle Drogo car park at 10.00 am.
The circular walk started at Castle Drogo and took in Fingle Bridge and along the river Teign to see
the newly restored water powered generator (to supply Castle Drogo).
Distance was just over 5 miles.

Previous Walk - 1st October 2017

Met at Whitestone Village Hall at 09.30 a.m. or
Okehampton Railway Station at 10.00 a.m.
Threat of bad weather caused a change of proposed walk but it proved to be
an excellent walk through Simmons Park in Okehampton, along the East Okement
river and on to Dartmoor. Distance approximately 7 miles.

Previous Walk - 3rd September 2017

Due to attrocious weather on Dartmoor
the walk on Dartmoor had to be cancelled.

Previous Walk - 6th August 2017

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09:30 am or at Sidmouth (grid reference: SY109874) at 10:15am.
We alked from there along the coast path to Ladram bay, then skirted Otterton and followed the
river Otter northwards before climbing to return via Mutters Moor.
A nice mixture of coast, river, moor and forest.
There was a fairly long and steep 500ft climb near the end.
Total distance 6 miles, time just under 3 hours.
Stout footwear and long trousers was recommended.

Previous Walk - Sunday 2nd July 2017

As usual, we met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 a.m.to share transport where possible.
The walk started at 10.15 a.m. from the car park at Meldon Reservoir.
We circumnavigated the reservoir and, in addition, walked along Red-a-Van Brooke,
visit Sourton Tors, The Ice Quarry and a section of The Kings Way.
Total distance was about 6 miles with an ascent of about 2000 feet!

Previous Walk - Sunday 4th June 2017

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 or at The Fox & Hounds on the A386 Sourton to Tavistock Road at 10.15

The walk was approximately 7 miles, walking along the lower edge of the moor to Sourton Tors
and Ice Quarry, and returning along part of the Granite Way, West Devon Way and Dartmoor Way using
Byways.

Previous Walk - 7th May 2017

Met at the Parish Hall Whitestone 09.30a.m. or Belstone Village Car Park at 10.00a.m.
Walked to Cullever Steps, Halstock Farm, Klondyke and returning via Halstock Woods and
Chapel Ford where the Bluebells were wonderful - best display ever.
Distance was approximately 8 miles.

Previous Walk - 7th May 2017

Met at the Parish Hall Whitestone 09.30a.m. or Belstone Village Car Park at 10.00a.m.
Walked to Cullever Steps, Halstock Farm, Klondyke and returning via Halstock Woods and
Chapel Ford where the Bluebells were wonderful - best display ever.
Distance was approximately 8 miles.

Previous Walk - 2nd April 2017- Fernworthy Reservoir

The walk was at Fernworthy Reservoir near Chagford, and included the reservoir, forest and open moorland.
The walk was just under 6 miles.

Previous Walk - 5th March 2017

The walk was in the Mamhead area and was mainly on forest tracks/roads. It was a little muddy and wet in areas but was mainly dry.
Distance was about 5 miles.

Previous Walk - 5th February 2017- Starcross to Exeter

We caught the 9.57am train from Exeter St. Thomas and arrived at Starcross at 10.05am.
The walk took us past Powderham Church, The Turf Hotel, Double Locks,Exeter Quay and back to St Thomas.
Distance was about 8 miles.

Previous walk - 8th January 2017

We left the Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 9.35am and were at Okehampton Street Car Park
(beside the Royal Oak pub) at 9.50am.
The walk took in the flood relief and river banks area and was just over 5 miles.

Previous walk - 4th December 2016

We left the Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 9.30am and were in the Underhill Car Park, Lympstone at about 10.00am.
A beautiful walk to Exmouth along the cyclepath was extended to take in cafe on the sea front opposite the Family Fun Park.
Distance was about 6.5 miles.

Previous Walk - 6th November 2016

We left the Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 9.30am and were at Castle Drogo
by about 10.00am along with hundreds of runners!.

The circular walk took in Fisherman's Path, Fingle Bridge and Hunter's Path


Distance was about 5 miles.

Previous Walk - 2nd October 2016

We were at Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE at about 10.05am.
The walk was a beautiful circular walk around the main House.
Distance was about 4 miles.

Previous Walk - 4th September 2016

We met at Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 09.30 a.m. or at the Trenchford and
Tottiford Reservoirs small car park at map reference 110/811826.
This car park was chosen as the main car park now has a pay and display charge,
whereas this small car park was still free.

The lovely walk was on footpaths and woodland trails around the Trenchford and
Tottiford Reservoirs. Distance was approximately 4 miles.

Previous Walk - 7th August 2016

We met at Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 09.30 a.m. and drove to the small car park.
about two miles from Princetown on the Yelverton Road (SX561708).

The walk was a circular one taking in Devonport Leat, Crazy Well Pool,
Combshead Tor, Cuckoo Rock and the end of Burrator Reservoir. Distance 6.5 miles.
It was a mixture of open moorland and forest tracks with some steepp climbs and marshy ground.

Previous Walk - Sunday 10th July 2016

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 am or at Belstone Village Car Park at 10.00 am.

The walk was from Belstone Village to the Ted Hughes Memorial at Taw Head.
It was a great walk with ideal weather for walking (sunny & warm with a nice breeze and only the occasional light shower).
The total distance was about 11 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 5th June 2016

Met at the Parish Hall at 9.30a.m. before driving to The Fox & Hounds Hotel.
The walk was via Brat Tor & Widgery Cross. The distance was about 11 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 1st May 2016

Met at the Village Hall at 09.30 a.m. or at Belstone Village car park at 10.00 a.m.

This was a circular walk of approximately 5 to 6 miles taking in West Cleve, Roman Chair part of
Klondyke Hill and returning via Halstock Woods

Previous Walk - Sunday 3rd April 2016

This was a walk from Steps bridge to Bridford and back via a circular route passing Heltor rock.
Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 10.00 am for car sharing or in the free car park at
Steps Bridge at 10:30 am. The later start enabled us to stop at the Bridford Inn for
a hot or cold drink. Distance was about 6 miles.

Previous Walk - 6th March 2016

This was our first Dartmoor walk of the year and was from Okehampton Station car park
to Meldon Reservoir and back past Yes Tor and the Okehampton Army camp and crossing the
footbridge over the A30. Distance about 6.5 miles.

Previous Walk - 14 February 2016

PLEASE NOTE: This walk was on the second Sunday of the month due to panto clear-up

This was a linear walk starting at Starcross and taking in the River Exe, Powderham
and Double Locks to Exeter. Distance approximately 8.8 miles. The walk was along good
paths and no wellies were required.

Met at the Parish Hall at 9.30 am to share cars or at St. Thomas station to catch
the 09.57 am train from Exeter, St.Thomas to Starcross (£4).
The train ride took about 10 minute

Previous Walk - 6th December 2015

This was a circular walk around Topsham. All the paths/pavements
were pretty level and the distance was about 4.5 miles. Wew met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 9:30am
to share transport or The Retreat Drive at 10:00am.

Previous Walk - 8th November 2015

We met at Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 09.30 a.m. and drove to the small car park at the junction of
the two reservoirs, map reference Explorer 110/811826 at 10.15 a.m.

This car park was chosen as the main car park now has a pay and display charge,
whereas this small car park is still free.
The walk was on footpaths and woodland trails around the Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs.
Distance was approximately 4.5 miles.

Previous Walk - 11th October 2015

Met at the Parish Hall at 09.30 a.m. or near the Waddles Down aerial at 10:00 a.m.
The walk was along lanes and then through Whiptail Wood to Newton St. Cyres and return.
There was no planned stop at the Crown and Sceptre as it didn't open 'til 12.00 .
The walk was very muddy in places.
For a Parish Hall start, the walk distance was about 9 mile (about 7.5 miles for a Waddles Down start).

Previous Walk - 6th September 2015

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 9:30 am or at Sandpiper, Old Honiton Road, Clyst Honiton EX5 2AN at 10:00 am.
The circular walk was along lanes from Sandpiper, Clyst Honiton via Bishops Court and Clyst St Mary.
Total distance 5 miles.

Previous Walk - 2nd August 2015

Met at the Parish Hall at 09.30 to share cars, or at the free car park at the rear of Finch Foundry, Sticklepath. EX20 2NW at 10.a.m.
The walk was to the top of Cawsand (Cosdon) Beacon via the Stone Row on the east of the beacon. For the brave, the walk continued in a loop on the other side of Cawsand Beacon, through two streams (rivers!) to Belstone and return to Sticklepath along the Skaigh valleyR
The walk was either 3.5 miles or 9.2 miles.

Previous Walk - 5th July 2015

Met at the Parish Hall to share cars, or at Otterton.

The walk was a figure of eight to Budleigh Salterton and back, distance
just under 5 miles.

Lovely refreshments afterwards at the Otterton Mill.

Previous Walk - 7th June 2015

A Dartmoor walk started at Bennett’s Cross (Grid Ref: SX/68012/81638) and
Walk distance was about 5.25 miles or 2.5 hours.

Previous Walk - 3rd May 2015

Herb Piper led a circular Dartmoor walk starting at Okehampton Station.

Walk distance was about 5 miles (8km) or 3 hours.

Previous Walk - 12th April 2015

Bryan & Marian Durrant led a walk at Steps bridge to Bridford and back
via a circular route passing Heltor rock which some of us visited.

Walk distance was about 5 miles (8km) or 3 hours.

Previous Walk - 1st March 2015

The walk was in the Skaigh Valley region of Dartmoor.
The excellent walk included some open moor walking and was not as muddy as expected.
We found the only window in the weather that day for our 3 hour walk.

Distance covered was about 5.2 miles

Previous Walk - 1st February 2015

The walk was in the Mamhead area passing Mamhead obelisk (fantastic views).
Mainly forest tracks/roads, a little muddy in places. There were no steep climbs.Distance was 5 miles.

Previous Walk - 4th January 2015

Met at the Parish Hall at 9.30 am to share cars or Flowerpots car park (SX 912 922 EX4 1DJ)
to catch then 09.57 am train from Exeter, St.Thomas to Starcross (£3.90).
The train ride took about 10 minutes.
The walk was along the River Exe past Powderham and Double Locks to Exeter.
Distance 8.8 miles.

Previous Walk - 7th December 2014

Met at the Parish Hall at 09.30 am or at Alphin Brook Road, Marsh Barton between the roundabout outside Lidl and RGB Builders premises at 10.00 am
We walked down the Alphin Brook to the canal and then to The Riverside Valley Park behind the Double Locks.
We then walked up to the precinct before Cricklepit Bridge before returning through Marsh Barton.



Previous Walk - 2nd November 2014

Met at the Parish Hall at 9.30 am or Castle Drogo car park (SX 721 900) at 10:00 am.
The circular walk started at Castle Drogo and took in Fingle Bridge and the Fisherman's Path along the river Teign.
Distance just over 5 miles.

Previous Walk - 12th October 2014

The walk was on the second Sunday in October due to many walkers taking part in the Abbot's Way walk across Dartmoor on the 5th October.
Met at the Parish Hall at 9.30 am or Belstone car park (SX 620 936) at 10:00 am.
The walk started from Belstone car park and wents over Belstone Tor, Higher Tor and Oke Tor, returning by a circular route via Cullever Sets.
Distance 6.5 miles.

Previous Walk - 7th September 2014

Met at the Parish Hall at 09.30 a.m. or at the Waddles Down aerial at 10:00 am.
The walk was along lanes and then through Whiptail Wood to Newton St. Cyres and return.

There was be a planned stop at the Crown and Sceptre to take on liquid.
If you started at the Parish Hall, the walk distance will be about 9 miles.

Previous Walk - 3rd August 2014

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 9:30 am or at Sandpiper, Old Honiton Road, Clyst Honiton EX5 2AN at 10:00 am.
We walked from Sandpiper through Sowton Village crossing Redhayes Bridge and taking in West Clyst Village coming back through the lanes.
Total distance about 6 miles.
There was tea & biscuits in Ann Turner’s garden afterwards.

Previous Walk - 6th July 2014

Met at Whitestone Village Hall for car sharing at 0930 or at Sidmouth (grid reference SY109874) at 1015.
We walked from there along the coast path to Ladram Bay, then skirted Otterton and followed the River Otter
northwards cutting back to the starting point via Hutters Moor.
The walk was a nice mixture of coast, river, moor and forest and only 600m of road.
There was quite a long, fairly steep climb near the end (but worth it!).
Total distance 5.5 miles.

Previous Walk - 8th June 2014

Met at Whitestone Village Hall at 0930 or Crediton Station at 1000.
We walked from Crediton Station to the south of Crediton, near the River Yeo towards Salmonhutch.
Crossing the railway, we headed north and uphill across the fields towards the school before heading east back towards the station.
Total distance about 3 miles.

Previous Walk - 4th May 2014

Met at Whitestone Village Hall at 0930 or Fingle Bridge (pub side of river) at 1000.
We walked from Fingle bridge to Clifford bridge on the north side of the river via a variety of paths, tracks and roads
and then returned to Fingle by the path along the south side of the river.
Total distance about 7.5 miles.

Previous Walk - 6th April 2014

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall car park .
The circular walk started at Whitestone and went via Hill Lane (downhill!), across the Old Tedburn Road and then uphill (three fields) to the Longdown Road.
The walk took in Longdown, Pocombe Bridge, Twisted Oak,
Barley Lane, Nadderwater on its return to Whitestone.
Distance 8.3 miles.

Previous Walk - 2nd March 2014

The circular walk started at Castle Drogo and took in Fingle Bridge and the Fisherman's Path along the river Teign.
Distance approximately 5 miles.

Previous Walk - 2nd February 2014

The walk was around Exminster and along the lanes to the west, going over the three main road bridges.
The walk was just over 5 miles.

Previous Walk - 5th January 2014

The walk for January was an easy circular walk from Lympstone to Exmouth. The outward walk was along the cycle path with a short stop in Exmouth for coffee, etc. The return walk was the public footpath which was nearer to the estuary.
The walk was just over 5 miles.


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