Ottery St. Mary Church and River Otter Walk - May 24th. 2018

15 Go Mad in Ottery
Sidmouth had been basking in glorious sunshine for several weeks but the day of The Walk started overcast and cool which meant pleasant walking conditions but was not ideal for photography for this 5.5 mile riverside meander.
15 members travelled by bus to Ottery St Mary where they were given a guided tour of the beautiful 14th. Century church including a climb up into the roof space to see the clock workings and bells and then out onto the roof parapets with views over the town.
After coffee with the vicar and the communion congregation, and a photo opportunity wander in the churchyard, the group started their walk visiting The Coleridge Field continuing to The Tumbling Weir and then joining The River Otter at Saint Saviours Bridge.
Walking along the west bank for 2 miles they headed south passing the beaver holt, the Archimedes screw and salmon pass to Tipton Mill for some photos of the mill internal workings.
The 19th. Century little church at Tipton was the next stop, with its famous “light of the world” stained glass window being the highlight.
Lunch was but a few hundred yards away at The Golden Lion, and a well earned rest, drinks and meal was enjoyed by all, although once again the food for The Walks organiser didn’t arrive !
The penultimate leg of the walk was to Harpford where 3 of the group headed for the nearest bus stop at Newton Poppleford, the others heading east to Harpford and its church, then climbing up through Harpford Woods with its wonderful show of spring wild flowers to The Bowd for the bus back to Sidmouth.