*August 19 National Ramble – Fernworthy Forest and Reservoir






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Fernworthy Forest and Reservoir

The trip to the starting point was, in itself, very scenic across very wild moorland for about 2 miles or more with lovely views either side and plenty of sheep grazing by the roadside.  The day was perfect and we had a good attendance of 18 or more scooters plus volunteers and walkers, it was our pleasure to welcome a new member, Shail, on his first ramble with DR and he had a great time testing the Tramper and exploring.   We were led by Andy of the Moorland Guides who work closely with the Devon group called WAGS, Wheelchair Access Group. Fernworthy Forest was lovely with thick moss covering the floor of the forest under the tall pine trees and we had lunch in a Bronze Age Stone circle of 26 blocks of granite which is known as Froggymead, evidence of charcoal was found when it was excavated which suggests usage in days gone by.  There are other stone circles in the area too, so the area has occupied by humans for many hundreds of years. We then progressed on to the Reservoir where some had a paddle and Jack’s little chihuahua had a lovely swim! Fernworthy Reservoir feeds Torquay, Totnes and Brixham and there is an abundance of wildlife on the reserve as well as much interesting archaeology, fishing is popular and brown trout are one of the fish in the reservoir.  Autumn was evident with berries and beech nuts in great abundance. There are several walks that can be started from this point, so it is a very popular area for locals and holidaymakers alike. It was a really super start to the week and very many thanks to Andy, the Moorland Guide, who accompanied us on this ramble and for the work put in by Gordon and his team of WAGS in putting this tour together.  Val

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