Exeter Canal Walk 2012

13th May 2012

Walkers at the start

Ready for the off !

45 walkers took part this year.  Just over two thirds completed the full 11 mile route to Turf Lock and back, while others chose the 5 mile option to Countess Wear and back.

Helpers manning the registration table
Helpers at the Quay ready to register walkers

Walkers were given an instruction sheet and map, which was stamped at each checkpoint to record their progress.

Some people were walking in memory of a loved one who had died.

The route took walkers along the Quay and past Belle Isle Park to the first checkpoint at Duck's Marsh.  Then it was along the mill stream and past the old paper mill to the next checkpoint at Countess Wear.  This marked the half-way point for those doing the 5 mile route, who returned across the water meadows to join the canal towpath near the Double Locks Inn.  After a diversion to the inn for refreshment for some, the towpath then led walkers back to the Quay.

Meanwhile, those tackling the 11 mile route joined the canal at the swing bridges and followed the towpath all the way to Turf, on the way enjoying beautiful views of Exminster Marshes and the estuary.

Walkers arriving at Turf
Walkers arriving at Turf

The inn here, which has no public road access, is popular with walkers and cyclists, and provides a welcome break at the half-way point of our 11 mile walk.

Turf Lock
Turf Lock

This is where the canal joins the Exe Estuary.  In its early days the canal enabled sailing ships to reach Exeter Quay with their cargoes, by-passing the weirs on the river.  Now it is only used by pleasure craft.

Walkers at Turf Hotel

Walkers at the Turf Hotel

Across the lock-gate bridge is the
next checkpoint, where walkers collect
the third rubber stamp on their sheets
before heading for the bar!

Enjoying a well-earned rest

Enjoying a well-earned rest

As well as the walkers those manning the checkpoint needed to recover from the exertions of rubber-stamping!

Fortified by food and drink it was time to set off again all the way back along the canal to the Quay (passing the Double Locks of course!)

On the towpath near Turf

If you would like to be informed of any future walks that may be arranged
please phone
01395 274738 or
01392 861137

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