Otterton Walk - 8th May 2019

Bluebells abound for the lucky 13!
The first walk of the summer season started at Mutters Moor above Peak Hill in showery weather.
13 members walked part in the woods, part over the heath, to Keble’s Seat. The bluebells were out in profusion, which, with a covering of rain drops, made for some lovely images. Following the lane down towards Newton Poppleford we were treated to a panoramic view across to the village and chances to photograph the fields with the tops of the young wheat blowing in the wind. After crossing the Exeter Road we skirted around Hartford Woods. Here there were many photo stops for the bluebell glades along the path route.
At Harpford we suffered the first heavy rain shower and after sheltering in a driveway and at the church made it to Newton Poppleford behind time but dry. Whilst one of the group caught the bus back to Sidmouth (as planned), the rest of us continued heading above the Otter Valley towards Colaton Raleigh along back alleys and footpaths. In sunshine, through fields of dandelions, wild garlic glades and along the river bank there were more photo opportunities and after a few small uphills we made it to Colaton Raleigh church for a short rest and photo skill test. Members wanted to see the longest thatched cob wall in the UK in the village and after seeing this we returned to the river bank walking to Otterton seeing signs of the beavers.
The Kings Arms in the village provided a most enjoyable lunch and comfort stop and a chance for us all to catch up on our news and chat about the 7.5 mile walk. Most members drove home from here but 6 intrepid walkers continued to walk the final stretch back to Mutters Moor feeling tired but pleased to have completed the last 2 miles. Despite a very pessimistic rain forecast we all arrived home dry.
The group at Kebles Seat