This is a 5.5 mile ramble starting outside Shobrooke Church but the railway station at Newton St Cyres is also a convenient starting point. It is mainly on quiet lanes and good well marked footpaths with two bracing hill climbs and rewarding views.
This is an easy walk of 3.5 miles taking 2 hours mostly on well marked field paths with some pleasing views of the countryside to the north and east of this area of the Exe valley, with several possible variations and extensions.
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.