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.

July 2019

SDR will have a stall at the White Rock Primary School Summer Fete on Saturday 6th July.

If you would like to help out on the day for an hour or so please contact Eric.

June 2019

See the following link for the Ramblers Roadshow at Truro on 13th July Ramblers Roadshow, Truro

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

May 2019

Big Forest Find

There is to be an event at Haldon Forest park which may be of interest to SDR members on 18 May 2019. (The timing is not good for us, I realise!) The event is called The Big Forest Find and the aim of the day is to ecourage visitors to get out into the forest and record their wildlife observations. 

There is to be a full programme of free guided walks in the forest. Walks are listed on the Haldon events page here:

April 2019

Information on Coleridge Way 6 and 7

The remaining sections of this long distance route will be covered over the weekend 22 and 23 June 2019. Long and short walks are planned. 

On Saturday 22 we will travel by coach to Porlock Weir where we left off in April and the long walk will cover about 8 miles to Oare, though the coach will be waiting a little further long, and yes, up another hill! 

A shorter route will take in Lorna Doone country and the two groups should meet up at the quaint Oare Church.

Overnight accomodation will be at The Premier Inn in Barnstaple on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Sunday will see a more leisurely itinerary as we complete the Trail along Watersmeet. An optional stroll around the Valley of the Rocks is offered and although I have yet to recce this part, I am assured no rock climbing is necessary. There is even a funicular to take you up the steep ascent.

A carvery for our return journey is also planned and some of the hungrier members of the recce team checked it out too.

Please come along and finsh what we started. Places open until mid May but to be sure of a place, book soon!


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. 

2 April 2019

Pick up times for Dartington Crystal JMHT Excursion Friday 5 April :-

Garfield Road 8.30; St. Matthias Church 8.45; Sainsburys bus shelter Penn Inn roundabout 9.00

February 2019

Dartington Crystal Excursion Flyer available. Find under Info tab then Downloads.

4 February 2019

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

See for updates.

2 February 2019

Coleridge Way (22 and 23 June 2019)  - the final sections 6 and 7 will be covered over a weekend. Flyer also as a download in info section or here 

14 January 2019

Flyer for Secrets of Berry Head (talk and supper) at Berry Head Hotel now available.

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

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

20 November 2018

With the appointment of Eric Evans as the new Chairman there is a need for a member to take on the role of Walks Co-ordinator. Ideally the person should have some IT skills but several members of the committee are able to support a newcomer and the responsibilites are not onerous! An eye for detail is key.

Please speak to a member of the committee if you can help. While the committee are able to cover this job as well as all their other jobs in the short term, it is too much to ask people to keep doubling up!


15 November 2018

Dartmoor National Parks Authority are writing their next Management Plan. Their current one ends in 2014. Take their survey here.

12 November 2018

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

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.

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. 

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.


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 

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


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!