Templer Way – Silver Jubilee Celebrations


Maurice Retallick unveiling the Templer Way marker at Haytor

Maurice Retallick unveiling the Templer Way marker at Haytor

One of Devon’s oldest and most established walking routes, the Templer Way, celebrated its 25th anniversary with the unveiling of newly carved granite markers at the start and end of the route. The Templer Way is a 29km (18 mile) public footpath that follows the historic path of high quality granite which was quarried at Haytor, transported to the New Quay in Teignmouth and exported to a variety of destinations, including being used in the building of the British Museum, London Bridge and Covent Garden. The route today includes quiet abandoned quarries, a granite tramway, a canal, estuary infrastructure, quaysides and other remains of an industrial past in an area which is now largely scenic and peaceful.

The story of the Templer Way begins in the 1700s when James Templer, born in Exeter and brought up as an orphan, ran away to sea and made his fortune in India. Returning to Devon he purchased the then run-down Stover Estate and built a new Stover House. In 1792 his son, also called James, built a canal between Teigngrace and the tidal River Teign at a sea lock near Newton Abbot, therefore giving direct access to the estuary. 

In 1820 his son, George, built a granite tramway from Haytor on Dartmoor to link with the end of the canal at Teigngrace, and the New Quay at Teignmouth therefore completing this intriguing mix of transport infrastructure within a relatively short distance. Not only did the tramway carry granite, its rails were actually constructed of carved lengths of granite, a unique feature as far as is known.

Setting off on the Templer Way 25th anniversary walk

Setting off on the Templer Way 25th anniversary walk

After the unveiling of a newly carved granite boulder to mark the start of the Templer Way by Mr Maurice Retallick, Deputy Chairman of the Dartmoor National Park Authority a group for walkers from Combeinteignhead Parish walked the whole length of the Templer Way from moor to sea.

Celebrating 25 Years of Templer Way at Stover School

Celebrating 25 Years of Templer Way at Stover School

The group had a welcome lunchtime stop at Stover School . This provided the ideal venue to host a gathering of all the agencies and several of the key landowners involved in the route, to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Cllr Jerry Brook, Chairman of the County Council welcomed counterparts from Dartmoor National Park and Teignbridge District Council, together with representatives from all of the Parish and Town councils along the route.

After lunch the walkers carried on to Teignmouth for the unveiling of the other marker stone at New Quay.

Unveiling the Templer Way marker at New Quay, Teignmouth

Unveiling the Templer Way marker at New Quay, Teignmouth

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One Response to Templer Way – Silver Jubilee Celebrations

  1. a1pew says:

    Hi.

    I noticed your post on the Templer Way and the silver jubilee celebrations. We run a sponsored walk each April walking the Templer Way from start at Haytor to finish in Shaldon to raise funds for the team. I wondered if there was any joined up thinking we could do for our next Templer Way walk in April 2013 to advertise this wonderful route and enhance our fundraising from our sponsored event?

    I’d love to here from you.

    Kind regards.

    Alan Pewsey Fundraising Officer Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team – Ashburton

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