Walkers Celebrate Ten Years of Rambling in the Tamar Valley

by Juliette Bowers, Tamar Valley Walk & Talk

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A walking group who share weekly rambles in the Tamar Valley, celebrated their tenth anniversary, last Wednesday (July 17).

Tamar Valley Walk and Talk, run under the auspices of the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, holds four-to-five mile walks every Wednesday morning, and has a total 108 routes to its name.

Walkers come and go, with a steady core of members averaging 20 to 30 a week, plus trained leaders.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaggie Yarland, from Calstock, who organises the walks and leads the majority, said: ‘We have people join us from far and wide and new members are always welcome.’

Every summer she and husband, Steve, host a barbecue and last Wednesday she stayed behind to make preparations while the group did a four-mile circular route in Cornwall, from Calstock village car park to the Yarland’s home in Harewood for the celebration.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe barbecue included an anniversary cake, complete with walking boots, signposts and walking sticks icing, donated by Jean and Ray Croft, from St Anne’s Chapel. Jean writes a weekly blog for the group, complete with photos and historical details of the rambles, which is featured on the Tamar Valley’s AONB website.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe four to five-mile walks for people of moderate walking ability are free and all ages are welcome. They are particularly popular with the over-Fifites, some members being in their 70s and 80s, illustrating the value of regular walking for longevity and good health.

Tamar Valley Walk and Talk has a sister group based at Saltash. Formed in 2010, it meets on a Monday. The groups were started by Dave Readman, who now co-ordinates AONB volunteers working to maintain footpaths in the area.

Tamar Valley Walk and Talk walks visit the most beautiful and historically interesting places in the rivers Tamar and Tavy valley, ranging from Calstock, Cotehele and Kit Hill, to Devon Consuls, the Bere Peninsular and Drake’s Trail, near Tavistock.

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