News

21st September 2022

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


19th November 2022

The Torbay Rambling Club are running a coach trip to Bath. There will be an optional 5m walk, or you can enjoy the City, visiting the Roman Baths and the interesting sights, as well as a variety of eateries. A coach will leave Brixham at 7am and also pick up in Paignton and Torquay. The cost is £25. 

Please make early contact with Anne-Marie and Kevin Cochrane on 07713183649 (text only in the day), or email Kevin on kevincochrane1@btinternet.com to reserve a place.


13th April 2022

Please see attached link for Devon Area Vacancy


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


31st March 2022

Ceilidh on 13th May announced. Flyer available  Ceilidh Flyer  -   CANCELLED 


10 January 2022

Trip to Padstow - 7th May

The Torbay Rambling Club are running a coach trip to Harlyn Bay on Saturday 7th May. They need to fill a coach and would like to know if any of our members wish to join them. The walk will be from Harlyn Bay to Padstow, approx 6 miles. Non-walkers may spend the day in Padstow. 

If the coach is filled, the cost will be £16.25 pp. There will be three pick-up points; Brixham, Paignton and Torquay with the first being at 7am. Return estimated at 6pm.

If anyone is interested please contact Kevin Cochrane asap on  Mob 07709 063228  or email kevincochrane1@btinternet.com


8 December 2021

Devon Area AGM 2022 Arrangements


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 www.ramblers.org.uk 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!


5 January 2021

Latest Corona virus advice from Ramblers HQ can be found here. (Last updated on 21 January 2021).


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."

 

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4 August 2020

FeelMore Summer challenge.

This summer The Ramblers are running the #FeelMore challenge, celebrating the freedom to enjoy walking properly for the first time in months!

Join in the #FeelMore summer challenge for a chance to win prizes from Cotswold Outdoor!

See national Ramblers website for full information.


Coronavirus - Latest from Ramblers national office. Note that this advice is updated frequently.


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.


11 April 2020

Devon Ramblers Photo Competition - See Info then Downloads

We are invited to enter our photos with all the other Devon Groups


8 April 2020

Coronavirus - Updated advice from The Ramblers.


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 volunteersupport@ramblers.zendesk.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.

Ramblers Coronavirus Advice


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

Minutes 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.

More about the campaign.


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


8 January 2020

Devon Highlights 2019 

Now available in Downloads. Read a summary of Devon Area 2019 on this leaflet,  Devon Highlights


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!


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


 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.


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


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.