Continuing his series on his favourite local walks, Tom Davies describes a walk of 4.5 miles (2 hours) along the Upper Creedy Valley with splendid views at every stage. And for even better views you can extend the walk further.
In the next of his articles about local walks, Tom Davies takes us along a figure-of-eight route that includes the chapels at Posbury and Oldridge. This walk of 4.1 miles takes approx 2 hours. It uses bridleways and footpaths and is not recommended after heavy rain.
Emeritus Professor T W Davies: Tom has been an academic engineer since being appointed to the teaching staff at the University of Sheffield on graduation and was later appointed to a lectureship in chemical engineering at the University of Exeter at a time when the University was developing new departments. He remained until early retirement, having published almost 200 scientific papers and edited 2 books. During his career he has taught and worked in many countries around the world whilst remaining based at Middle Hollacombe, Crediton, at one point being seconded to Sharjah in the UAE for 3 years as Dean of Engineering during the creation of the University of Sharjah. Closer to home he worked as a consultant to the china clay industry for several years and helped to develop the new process of flash calcination which involved working at MIT in the USA and eventually led to a production plant in Cornwall. In retirement he developed a high efficiency refrigeration system in a barn at Middle Hollacombe, aspects of which will hopefully lead to reduced carbon emissions in years to come.