New Plymouth & Devon Walking Book

December 8, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More


On the Beaton Track 3 - Plymouth & Devon Walks

On the Beaton Track 3 - Plymouth & Devon Walks

If you fancy a walk on the moors, in the countryside or on the coast, then a new book just published, has everything you need. Plym Ramblers, a walking club based in Plymouth, has just produced a book entitled “On the Beaten Track 3”. As the name implies, this is the third book in the series of popular walks, easily accessed from Plymouth.

24 Walks around Devon all within 25 Miles of Plymouth – There are 24 walks in this well presented book and the distances covered vary between four and eight miles. Each walk has step by step directions and an informative map, as well as plenty of photographs and illustrations.

On the Beaten Track 3 is an attractive publication with some interesting and unusual features. As well as illustrations and photographs, there are a variety of cartoons dotted about and the special “points of interest” section provides some entertaining and informative details about each walk, which should appeal to everyone.

The book was written by Brian Steele (chairman of the Plym Ramblers) and he was assisted in this task by Chris and Dave Bishop who provided the points of interest information and members of the Plym Ramblers who checked all the walks for accuracy. This means that we can be confident that the route descriptions should be ok for a few years to come.

Brian, in describing the book, stressed that its purpose is to encourage people to take up walking as a hobby/pastime. It is particularly useful for families and friends, and more importantly, it is a healthy and enjoyable form of exercise.

The publication of the book has been supported with a grant from Devon Community Foundation and this reinforces the value put upon the health aspects of walking in the countryside

The other main feature of this book is that the entire net proceeds from its sale will be donated to four local charities. These are: –

Children’s Hospice South West (Precious Lives Appeal)
The Children’s Hospice South West care for children who have illnesses which mean they will die before reaching adulthood. They provide expert care for them, their parents and well siblings.

St. Lukes Hospice
St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth has launched a new emotive campaign called ‘Making Memories’ which tells a story from the viewpoint of young ‘Jake’ whose father is in the Hospice at Christmas time. To read Jake’s story, please click here.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust
The Woodside Animal Welfare Trust is an animal rehoming charity based on the outskirts of Plymouth in Devon.

Shelterbox respond instantly to natural and manmade disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.


On the Beaton Track 3 - Plymouth & Devon Walks

One of the local walks from 'OTBT3' - Down Thomas, Bovisand & Heybrook Bay

Image of one of the walks from 'On the Beaten Track'

Walk 7 continued showing clear map and points of interest

Copies of the book can be obtained from:-
T.C. O’GALLAGHER (Chemist)
OLD POST OFFICE (Underwood Road Plympton)

You can also order your copy of “On the Beaten Track 3” by sending a cheque for £6.50. (This includes post and packing) payable to Plym Ramblers to:-

P R Walk Book.
33 Reddicliff Road,
PL9 9NF.

Category: Walk Books

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  1. Brian Steele says:

    Dear Teresa,
    Many thanks for your comments on walk 24. I can see what you mean We should have put compass bearing in the script because as you found, landmarks disappear in poor weather. Anyway, we hope the other walks will be ok. As you mention that the book is already getting worn can I suggest photocopying the page you want instead of taking the book on the walk. alternatively I will happily sell you another one (all for charity)!!!!
    Best Wishes
    Brian Steele

  2. Teresa Frost says:


    I have the new book and my husband and I have followed at least 3 walks so far. very good!

    however, we did walk 24 cadover bridge a couple of weekends ago and the weather was particularly bad. we found that the path besides the Big Pond was on the wrong side in the book, and the instructions said to go towards the church spire but no compass points. we couldn;t see anything, due to the mist, so found ourselves eventually on the wotter road. can I suggest more compass points to avoid this in future please.

    apart from that, lovely book, and our is looking distinctly worn now!!

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