Welcome to the Teign Valley Hash House Harriers of glorious South Devon. You are guaranteed a warm welcome and a great hash experience. We are the 'Party Hash' and we run from pubs all over Torbay, Dartmoor and the Teign Valley every Monday evening at 7.15pm. Our trails are marked with flour, chalk or sawdust and take in woodland, streams, byways, bridle paths and rolling countryside. We cater for all abilities, you needn't worry about keeping up, a leisurely walk with others or a good paced run if you're fit - you choose. The run duration is anything from 30 minutes to an hour and the distance is normally between 3-6 miles depending on whether you decide to take a short or long trail. Your first run is free, so come along and give it a go! After the run hashers enjoy a drink and food in the pub. On many occasions, the pub will lay on a 'Hash Menu', food specially for hashers.


Starts soon after 7:15 pm each Monday.
The Grandmaster will gather the hash together in a circle and welcome Virgins & Visitors to TVH3 and inform the group of pertinent news or upcoming events.
Hares will announce details or the trail, number of long and short splits and regroups.

Down-Downs - sometimes at the circle but usually in the pub after the run. Hashers and harriets (lady hashers) have a half pint and under age hashers have a soft drink or water. If you are driving, just ask the RA for water.

A Down-Down is a means of punishing, rewarding, or merely recognizing an individual for any action or behavior. Once awarded, the downdown must be drunk without pause, otherwise the RA may take action!

Individuals may be recognized for outstanding service, or for their status as a visitor or newcomer.

Down-Downs also serve as punishment for misdemeanours real, imagined, or blatantly made up.

Such transgressions may include: wearing new shoes, pointing with a finger, or the use of real names rather than hash names.

Hash Names

The use of real names (nerd name) during an event is discouraged, and members are typically given a new "hash name," usually in deference to a particularly notorious escapade, a personality trait, or their physical appearance.

Members are named after attending the hash on several occasions or if something noteworthy occurs to prompt a naming.

Other hashers may share stories or observations about the individual, with the final name being chosen by general consensus from all suggestions put forward by the hash.

Completely new to hashing? Don't know what to expect? Worried, shy or nervous? You needn't be as all newcomers or virgins as they are known, will receive a warm welcome. When the hashers are called to make a circle - about 7:15 pm each Monday, the Grand Master will welcome all hashers and after various notices about forthcoming events etc are dealt with, he will ask if there are any visitors from other hashes or virgins present. You will be asked to come forward and be introduced to the hash. A tip to remember, don't wear new trainers as these are frowned upon by the RA (Religious Advisor) and will incur a sprinkling of flour over them. That's all there is to it and you can then step back and enjoy the run and the social get together after in the On Down (the pub). Whatever your pace, there are certain to be others who will keep you company along the trail. Walk, jog or run - it's up to you.
Hashing is all about making friends and having fun, so just turn up any Monday and have a go.

Tuesday 29 August 2023


TVH3 The Words for 28th August 2023 

by Man-Pig

Staverton Railway Station 
Run No. 1984

HARE: Beefy

Who wuz there: Beefy, Man-Pig, Shitfaced, Forrest-Stump, Perry, Smellie, Coldtits, Slip-on-Me, Satnav, Ablesemen, Pisswell, Ernie, Melon Picker, Soapy, Palmolive & Beeflicker


Shitfaced welcomed a smaller pack than usual to Staverton Railway Station car park. Amazingly, the pack was so small that most of the Hash managed to park in the small car park. Beefy was the Hare for this now, almost annual, post Ales & Rails Beer Festival Hash run.

Shitfaced asked Satnav for an update on Teapot who has contracted sepsis. Basically, there was no update. Man-Pig asked if anyone had any more news regarding Winfield but, again, no updates so over to the Hareraiser - Smellie. Currently we're OK for Hares up to 5th October. There then ensued discussions about red dress runs with Soapy, Melonpicker and Forrest all volunteering to lay more trails. Splendid.

Over to the Hare - Beefy.

"There are two Long/Short splits. the Longs is about 5 miles. The Walkers 1.2 miles. Shorts about 3 miles".

There were then some instructions about what to do if you saw a Network Rail symbol on the ground in flour. I think everyone ignored this and plumped for the "easy to understand" OH symbol.

Most importantly, there were plenty of beers left over from the beer festival!

The Trail

Despite being at almost the same location as our Hash from a fortnight ago, there was virtually no duplication of the trail. The Walkers had a short meander and appeared to be staying on the north bank of the Dart. The Longs' and the Shorts', meanwhile, were directed over the level crossing, past the mill and up into North Wood. But would the auspicious 1984 trail have any Orwellian dark undertones? As it turned out, the only darkness was a lack of natural light towards the end of the trail.....torches next week per chance?

Almost as soon as we entered the wood, the dots had us bear sharp right and up a long broad path before deviating left and up again. The trail took us up to almost the highest point of North Wood and the first Long/Short split. I rather suspect that it was only Man Pig and Beeflicker on the Long at this point. 
We looped around the top, past the remnants of survival bashers before getting a little off trail just above Dartington. Soon we were back on trail and encountered Forrest Stump and Perry.
The trail was incredibly well marked with closely spaced dots of flour. Just as well as it was decidedly dipsy in the woods. We encountered Soapy and Palmolive at the edge of the wood as we headed north-east and downhill to the second Long/Short split.

The second Long had us on the upper path running towards Stillpool Coppice and thence towards Deer Park. At the edge of Deer Park, a dot on a cube of timber had us pass through the stone wall and down to the banks of the Dart heading due west. The Stillpool was very still. There was no water in it at all! 
The trail followed the outside of the wall until dropping down to the edge of the Dart. It was quite steep in places. At least two fallen trees made natural bridges onto an island but there were no marks so this was not our Orwellian challenge. Eventually, we exited at the same point at which we entered the wood.

Back at the car park, all was not done. Both the Longs' and the Shorts' were directed up towards Staverton. The trail then took us into the chlildren's playing area, around the cricket field and then onto the duckboards behind the tennis courts. We haven't been on these duckboards for years. Across the pedestrian level crossing and the On Home sign with Beeflicker, Forrest, Palmolive and Soapy not far behind.

Another lovely trail. Thank you Beefy. But the best was yet too come; our own private mini- beer festival. What a perfect way with which to round off the Bank Holiday weekend!


Forrest-Stump was our RA for the evening and he had a lot of stories up his sleeve. First up was Ernie on a parking charge. Initially, Ernie was at the circle after having double parked on the road. On entering the usually full car park, he spied two spaces. A quick disappearing trick and he was back with his car; now nicely parked and closer to the bar! A note for the "double parker".

Almost immediately, the second down-down was awarded to Pisswell. She had been last to arrive back at the On-Down as she'd been for a swim...and then complained that the river was cold! Hold it in you hand Mrs Murphy.

The next Down-Down went to Beefy for another excellent trail but somehow the tables got turned on the RA so it was a double-down-down for the Hare and the RA.

Poor Ernie was still trying to give away his birthday hat from a fortnight ago but we'd run out of Down-Downs.

We concluded the Down-Downs by thanking the railway volunteers (George & friend) for staffing the bar just for us and then invited them to join us for our "food to share".

And, with low numbers, there was plenty of food to share. Two very nice flans, courtesy of Pisswell and Beefy I think. Forrest had brought some Tandoori chicken - but wanted the bones back! The Harriets had also done a fine job of bringing more nibbles and taking control of clearing up operations. It all worked rather well so a big "Thankyou" to Beefy for both Haring and organising the scoff.

Next week

Next week's Hash is at The Warren House Inn, Postbridge (assuming that they will have us - apparently, the last time that we tried to arrange the On-Down there we were not welcome!). The Hare is, once again, Pisswell. Sterling service.

On-On to next week.

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It would be appreciated if those hashers that pay £1 a week when they attend rather than the £30 a year subscription could bring their one pound to the circle and pay Pisswell before the run. It is not much fun for her to chase hashers in the pub for payment. Many thanks for your cooperation. 🙂


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