Summer Walks 2021 get off to a Champagne Start in Sidmouth

Bob Reynolds organised the first of the Summer Club excursions and it was a great way to begin.
Members gather at Connaught Gardens for photo walk
Members gather at Connaught Gardens for photo walk

Sidmouth Photographic Club Walk - Sidmouth 25th. May 2021.

This was the first official club walk since 2019, so in celebration and hope for better times ahead the 9 members attending started with a Bucks Fizz in Connaught Gardens whilst watching a nearby energetic Zumba Class.

At a more humane leisurely pace the group descended via the steps to the sea wall walk and along to the promenade, (losing 2 members along the way), proceeding to The Ham to see the latest cliff falls and the flocks of preening bathing seagulls, followed by a photo shoot of the flora in the Sensory Garden.

Crossing the Sid at the Ford, and entering The Byes there were then stops at the weir and the numerous mini waterfalls for photographs of the river, passers by asking if we were photographing the otters. Regrettably not though, they were not on show that morning.

Although the graffiti along Lymebourne Lane had been painted over, to the amusement of the others one member had brought a water spray and was happily watering the many wildflowers in the lane to achieve “that wet look” for her images, as if that was necessary after the wettest May on record !

Another photography interlude was taken at The Cemetery before climbing up to The Knapp where a local dog walker pointed out where the cowslips and orchids were, and although none were found in bloom, their location is now known.

A brief look in the pond at Knapp Hill Lane field was rewarded by the sight of tadpoles and a newt, but the main interest were the 2 abandoned chairs under the willow but the request for a suitably attired model to be seated thereon fell on deaf ears.

Gradually members left with the threat of rain, and after a meander through Knowle Park and farewells, three remaining intrepid walkers made it back to Connaught Gardens via the chine leading into Manor Road, luckily escaping the afternoon deluge.

( A later email to the walk organiser explained that the two “lost” walkers had decided to visit the club chair person and take a short cut, walking the complete route 30 minutes ahead of the main group, even managing to fit in a lunch !)

Bob Reynolds