This morning I met up with my friend Lynne (dovegreyreader) in Ashburton. It’s our regular annual get-together which some years includes hikes on Dartmoor and others lunch or coffee and a natter at one of our favourite places in Ashburton – Moorish. We sometimes swop a little gift and this time I’d brought a knitting pattern for Lynne; she had kindly brought me a knitting pattern and the yarn to go with it. So, after we’d said our goodbyes I cadged a lift into Bovey Tracey in order to visit Spin-A-Yarn to buy the relevant knitting needles and get started.
It’s been magnificent weather down here in Devon this week, and today was no exception, so I decided to walk back to Lustleigh, where we are staying for the week. I’d done the walk in the opposite direction two years ago. It’s an easy, mainly level, walk along the former railway track of The Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway.
From Bovey the walk begins opposite The Devon Guild of Craftsmen (another of my favourite hangouts down here) with the path through the local Mill Marsh Park.
Path through Mill Marsh Park
At the opposite end of the park you have to duck down and take the path alongside the River Bovey and under the busy A382. On the other side is the National Trust’s Parke estate.
Information Board at Parke Estate
The former railway track forms part of the boundary. This stretches for about a mile and a half (about half the total walk).
The River Bovey alongside the path
Came across this little fella en route
Eventually, the rail track and my route parted company and I joined Lower Knowle Road all the rest of the way to Lustleigh.
The trail to Lustleigh diverges from the rail track at Knowle Road
Views along Knowle Road
On arrival in Lustleigh I turned into the pretty little hamlet of Wreyland which I wrote about here.
If you’ve a little spare cash you might be interested in a property investment in Wreyland.
Finally, I arrived back in sunny Lustleigh. Such a beautiful, traffic-free, autumnal afternoon’s walk.