The Buckfast Millennium Pilgrimage 2018

Day 14: Barton to Ashburton

Today's walk heads towards Dartmoor. We leave Barton by road; views of Teignmouth and Dartmoor can be seen (weather permitting) before we descend to Kingskerswell for prayers. Thereafter route becomes hillier and enters woodland, passing a quarry where stone was extracted for Brunel's Great Western Railway, now a nature reserve. We have lunch at Ipplepen and visit St Andrew's church with fine rood screen. We cross Orley Common and descend to Torbryan. Hidden in a valley, Holy Trinity church escaped damage in the reformation and has a rare surviving medieval rood screen painted with saints. Thereafter, we walk up a gentle valley, through farmland, along narrow lanes, past Denbury Down, a hill fort dominant on the horizon, over stiles and miles of undulating farmland, each junction named as a "cross" with appropriate signpost. Take care on all lanes, particularly the descent to Ashburton. We stay at St Andrew's Church Hall and St Lawrence Chantry Chapel (Grade II listed).

Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 14

The Acorn Centre, Barton. A huge sports hall with showers! John Chenery

At Barton Baptist Church the minister, Richard, led a Communion service for us. John Chenery

After the service John Chenery

Leaving Barton Baptist Church John Chenery

A partially completed flight of steps provides a challenge John Chenery

View over Torbay as we head inland - last view of the sea. John Chenery

St Mary, Kingskerswell, and a train. I hope Jules is following us John Chenery

Prayers by St. Mary’s Kingskerswell Maurice Hickman

Maurice Hickman

Michael leads our open air prayer stop John Chenery

Over 75s backmarkers,taking a rest Amazon Team UK

Recently constructed path by recently constructed A380 John Chenery

Everybody else took a shortcut in this field. I was on the footpath. John Chenery

Doug ,The master in front & backmarking. Madame Bernie,lets not go there giggle cough Amazon Team UK

Happiness is arriving at the pub 35 minutes ahead of schedule John Chenery

Pilgrims in the Wellington Inn, Ipplepen John Chenery

The Wellington at Ipplepen serves an amazing prawn and salmon salad. Chris strikes lucky. Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)

Jonty Dog taking a liking to Old Rosie John Chenery

Keyhole of the door to St Andrew's, Ipplepen, built in 1318. The church still has the original key, which weighs 1 lb, 11 oz. Deirdre

View ahead John Chenery

The pre-Reformation rood screen in Holy Trinity, Torbryan John Chenery

Holy Trinity, Torbryan John Chenery

Arrow art ... works better for the naked eye than it does for the camera John Chenery

View of Ashburton ... Jonty has his raingear on. John Chenery

John Chenery

St Gudula's Well, Ashburton John Chenery

Backmarkers at St Gudula's Well Maurice Hickman

In St Andrew's, Ashburton with view of church through window John Chenery

Jim standing in front of the Exeter Inn, built in 1130 to house the workers building St Andrews, whose hall we stayed in. Sir Walter Raleigh was arrested at the inn in 1603 and taken to the Tower of London. Deirdre