Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Sidmouth walkers in search of Sir Walter

As part of the Sidmouth and East Devon Walking Festival on 24  September, local ramblers set out on a walk called ‘In Search of Sir Walter Raleigh’. 

The idea was to tour the places associated with the Great Elizabethan, culminating in a visit to Fairlynch.  

Led by East Devon Ramblers member Norma Self, who started the festival with Ted Swan in 2014, the group met at the Public Hall in Budleigh Salterton before heading for Hayes Barton via Dalditch, Bystock and Squabmoor. Then it was back through East Budleigh, admiring picturesque Vicars Mead, where young Walter may have received his early schooling, and a visit to All Saints Church to see the Raleigh family pew. 

The final destination of Fairlynch and the Raleigh 400 exhibition, opened up specially for the group, did not disappoint. 

I really should have been in costume to welcome them.  



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