Gail’s New Years Eve Walk – Sunday 31st December

An impromptu walk this Sunday as there was no ‘official’ one on our programme. Clearly suffering withdrawl symptoms and possibly seasonal excesses, a band of 7 bravely set off under threatening skies to walk from Teigngrace, initially along the Templer Way to Stover Country Park, the lakes of course being as high as ever known after the Christmas storms this year.

Although soggy underfoot, it really wasn’t a bad day and a very pleasant 6.5 miles were enjoyed by all. The rain obliged in the main – by remaining on the plain, somewhere, and not descending until Stover at lunch time. However, the intrepid 7 found the ideal solution in a bird hide, providing benches, shelves and much information on water fowl – what more could one ask? Someone who could tell a Reed Bunting from a Grebe or a Mallard from a Moorhen might have been useful but with Jacqui away, it wasn’t to be.

Rain abated until we finished so only puddles and flooded lanes around the Teign to negotiate while a sparkling discussion ensued on the value of good boots and how good it feels to have dry feet in a paddy field.

The day finished with tea and cakes in the warmth of Jack’s Patch before those partaking in New Year activities made their way home to change and those havng a quiet night in made their way to a hot bath and some sofa surfing.

A very enjoyable stroll and a good end to an excellent year of walking, 2017.

Bring on 2018 !